Subjects

The Department offers many subjects for undergraduates and graduates alike. These are broken down into core, specialized and research subjects. Each year the Department offers 25 undergraduate and more than 90 graduate subjects of instruction from which each student designs, with faculty guidance, an individual program of study that matches their interests and experiences. 

Many of the courses developed by DUSP faculty are provided free to the public through MIT's Open CourseWare site.

Spring 2020 Conflict Chart

 

instructors
units
3-0-9 HASS-S
schedule
MW (11:00-12:30) (10-401)
prerequisites
11.002
description

Provides students with an introduction to public policy analysis. Examines various approaches to policy analysis by considering the concepts, tools, and methods used in economics, political science, and other disciplines. Students apply and critique these approaches through case studies of current public policy problems.

instructors
Ayan Meer
units
3-0-9 HASS-SU
schedule
TR (2:30-4:00) (1-135)
prerequisites
description

This course introduces undergraduates to the history, theory, and practice of international development. We take an interdisciplinary and applied approach to some of the "big questions" in our field, drawing from history, economics, sociology, and anthropology: What does development mean? Why are some countries poorer than others?

instructors
units
3-0-9 / HASS-S
schedule
MW (2:00-3:30) (5-217)
prerequisites
description

Explores the evolution of poverty and economic security in the US within a global context. Examines the impacts of recent economic restructuring and globalization. Reviews current debates about the fate of the middle class, sources of increasing inequality, and approaches to advancing economic opportunity and security. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

instructors
units
2-2-8
schedule
TR (11:00-12:30) (2-151)
prerequisites
description

Real-world clients and environmental problems form the basis of a project in which teams of students develop strategies for analysis and implementation of new sensor technology within cities.  Working closely with a partner or client based on the MIT campus or in Cambridge, students assess the environmental problem, implement prototypes, and recommend promising solutions to the client for imple

instructors
units
3-0-9U
schedule
MW (2:00-3:30) (9-354)
prerequisites
description

Introduction to negotiation strategies through theory and practice. Emphasizes a "hands-on" personal skill-building approach underpinned by foundational and cutting-edge research. Applications in government, business, nonprofit, multicultural, and interpersonal settings are examined.

instructors
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
TR (3:30-5:00) (E51-057)
prerequisites
description

Reviews and analyzes federal and state regulation of air and water pollution, hazardous waste, green-house gas emissions, and the production and use of toxic chemicals. Analyzes pollution as an economic problem and the failure of markets. Explores the role of science and economics in legal decisions.

instructors
Zhengzhen Tan, John Grant, Yasheng Huang
units
3-0-3
schedule
R (9:30-12:30) H1 (9-255)
prerequisites
description

Applications for Spring 2020 due Friday Dec 6th, 2019
Entrance to the class is by application only. Applications are due by Friday, Dec 6th at 11:59PM. Access the application here. Questions? Email urbantech@mit.edu

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
MW (9:30-11:00) (9-450A)
prerequisites
description

Introduces tools and techniques in economic development planning. Extensive use of data collection, analysis, and display techniques. Students build interpretive intuition skills through user experience design activities and develop a series of memos summarizing the results of their data analysis.

instructors
units
4-0-8 HASS-S
schedule
MW (10:00-12:00) (9-255)
prerequisites
11.011 or Permission of Instructor
description

Building on the skills and strategies honed in 11.011, explores advanced negotiation through theory and practice. Emphasizes an experiential, personal skill-building approach, underpinned by foundational and cutting-edge research.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
F (9:00-12:00) (9-354)
prerequisites
description

Provides a systematic framework of the interplay (both tension and synergy) between urbanization and environmental sustainability from a global perspective. Enhances analytical reasoning and quantitative skills to assist evidence-based empirical study and policy design evaluation.

instructors
units
3-0-6 HASS-SU
schedule
TR (11:00-12:30) (10-485)
prerequisites
description

This class explores various types of large-scale planning initiatives that have been devised and implemented to improve the human condition through the lenses of urban planning and international development.

11.125 Introduction to Education: Understanding and Evaluating Education
instructors
Staff
units
3-6-3U
schedule
TR (2:30-4:00) (5-134)
prerequisites
description

One of two introductory subjects on teaching and learning science and mathematics in a variety of K-12 settings. Topics include student misconceptions, formative assessment, standards and standardized testing, multiple intelligences, and educational technology.

instructors
units
3-6-3U
schedule
TR (1:00 - 2:30) (5-134)
prerequisites
description

Explores how we learn from computer games and simulations, and delve into the process of building and testing their own simulations. First, students investigate the design and use of games and simulations in the classroom, and the research and development issues associated with desktop computer-based, handheld computer based and non-computer based media.

instructors
Greg Schwanbeck
units
3-0-9U
schedule
TR (4:00-5:30) (1-132)
prerequisites
description

Three subject sequence focusing on the theory and practice of K-12 classroom education. Subject concentrates on the theory and psychology associated with student learning. Topics include educational theory, educational psychology, and theories of learning. Classroom observation is a key component.

instructors
units
3-0-6H
schedule
MW (9:30-11:00) (9-217)
prerequisites
description

Presents a theory of comparative differences in international housing outcomes. Introduces institutional differences in the ways housing expenditures are financed, and the economic determinants of housing outcomes, such as construction costs, land values, housing quality, and ownership rates.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
MW (9:30-11:00) (9-451)
prerequisites
description

Studies data visualization as a way for architects, planners and policy experts to communicate with the public. Develops technical skills to work with big data to answer or expose urban issues, which include cleaning and aggregating data in python, D3, and other web-based visualization software, and accessing APIs to download data.

instructors
Sarah Williams, Eden Medina
units
3-0-9
schedule
MW (2:30-4:00) (37-212)
prerequisites
description

Introduces students to the social, political, and ethical aspects of data science work. Designed to create reflective practitioners who are able to think critically about how collecting, aggregating, and analyzing data are social processes and processes that affect people.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
M (2:00-5:00) (9-450)
prerequisites
description

Examines the built, psychosocial, economic, and natural environment factors that affect health behaviors and outcomes. Introduces tools designed to integrate public health considerations into policymaking and planning. Provides extensive practical training in the application of health impact assessment (HIA) methodology, which brings a health lens to policy, budgeting, and planning debates.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR (11:00-12:30) (5-217)
prerequisites
description

Examines the behavioral foundation for policy design using urban transportation examples. Introduces multiple frameworks for understanding behavior while contrasting the perspectives of classic economic theory with behavioral economics and social psychology. Suggests corresponding policy interventions and establishes a mapping across behavior, theory, and policy.

instructors
units
1-3-2
schedule
F (11:00-12:00) (9-450)
prerequisites
description

Combines online weekly face-to-face negotiation exercises and in-person lectures designed to empower budding entrepreneurs with negotiation techniques to protect and increase the value of their ideas, deal with ego and build trust in relationships, and navigate entrepreneurial bargaining under constraints of economic uncertainty and complex technical considerations.

instructors
V. Karplus
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR (1:00-2:30) (32-124)
prerequisites
description

Focuses on the ways economics and politics influence the fate of energy technologies, business models, and policies around the world. Extends fundamental concepts in the social sciences to case studies and simulations that illustrate how corporate, government, and individual decisions shape energy and environmental outcomes.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
T (2:00-5:00) (9-217)
prerequisites
description

Examines climate politics both nationally and globally. Addresses economic growth, environmental preservation, and social equity through the lens of sustainability. Uses various country and regional cases to analyze how sociopolitical, economic and environmental values shape climate policy. Students develop recommendations for making climate policy more effective and sustainable.

instructors
units
3-3-6U
schedule
MW (2:30-4:00) (Lecture), M (4:00-5:00) (Lab), F (12:30-2:00) Lab (9-255 (Lecture), W31-301 (Lab on Monday), 9-554 (Lab on Friday))
prerequisites
description

An introduction to the research and empirical analysis of urban planning issues using geographic information systems. Extensive hands-on exercises provide experience with various techniques in spatial analysis and querying databases.

instructors
units
2-0-2
schedule
TR (9:30-11:00) (4-237)
prerequisites
description

Introduces applications of microeconomic theory to planning problems including urban form and structure, government's role in urban settings and problems of housing finance.

instructors
units
3-0-5G
schedule
TR (9:30-11:00) , Recitation W (5:00-6:30) R (11:00-12:30) F (1:00-2:30) (4-237, Recitation 9-217, 1-277, 9-450A)
prerequisites
description

Introduces basic economic analysis for planning students including the functioning of markets, the allocation of scarce resources among competing uses, profit maximizing behavior in different market structures. Course illustrates theory with contemporary economic issues.

instructors
units
2-2-2
schedule
M (4:00-5:00) Lab, MW (2:30-4:00) (Lecture), F (12:30-2:00) Lab (W31-301 (Lab), 9-255 (Lecture), 9-554 (Lab on Friday))
prerequisites
description

Practical introduction to spatial analysis and geographic information systems (GIS). Examines how geography is represented digitally and how nonrandom distributions of phenomena as diverse as poverty and scenic resources can be better understood by examining their spatial characteristics. Limited enrollment; preference to first-year MCP students.

instructors
units
3-0-9 / HASS-S
schedule
MW (2:00-3:30) (5-217)
prerequisites
description

Explores the evolution of poverty and economic security in the US within a global context. Examines the impacts of recent economic restructuring and globalization. Reviews current debates about the fate of the middle class, sources of increasing inequality, and approaches to advancing economic opportunity and security. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

instructors
units
3-3-6
schedule
M (9:30-12:30) (9-217)
prerequisites
description

Surveys uses of qualitative methods in urban design and planning research and practice. Topics include observing environments, physical traces, and environmental behavior; asking questions; focused interviews; standardized questionnaires; use of written archival materials; use of visual materials, including photographs, new media, and maps; case studies; and comparative methods.

instructors
Dayna Cunningham, Katrin Kaeufer
units
3-0-3G
schedule
TR (5:00-6:30) (9-451)
prerequisites
description

Focuses on co-designing and co-conducting research with community partners at various stages of the research process; examination of actual cases in which PAR-like methods have been used with greater or lesser success; and interaction with community members, organizations, and individuals who have been involved in PAR collaborations.

instructors
Dennis Frenchman, Gilad Rosenzweig
units
2-4-6
schedule
W (5:00-7:00), F (9:00-1:00) (7-336, 9-451)
prerequisites
description

Students work in entrepreneurial teams to advance innovative ideas, products, services, and firms oriented to design and the built environment. Lectures, demonstrations, and presentations are supplemented by workshop time, when teams interact individually with instructors and industry mentors, and by additional networking events and field trips.

instructors
units
2-0-1
schedule
F (9:30-11:00) (9-255)
prerequisites
description

Seminar dissects ten transportation studies from head to toe to illustrate how research ideas are initiated, framed, analyzed, evidenced, written, presented, criticized, revised, extended, and published, quoted and applied. Students design and execute their own transportation research.

instructors
Eric Klopfer, Jason Haas
units
3-6-3G
schedule
TR (1:00-2:30) (5-134)
prerequisites
description

Understand how we learn from computer games and simulations, and delve into the process of building and testing their own simulations. First, students explore the design and use of games and simulations in the classroom, and the research and development issues associated with desktop computer-based, handheld computer based and non-computer based media.

instructors
units
4-0-8G
schedule
MW (3:30-5:30) (9-354)
prerequisites
description

Investigates social conflict and distributional disputes in the public sector. While theoretical aspects of conflict and consensus building are considered, focus is on the practice of negotiation and dispute resolution. Comparisons between unassisted and assisted negotiation are reviewed along with the techniques of facilitation and mediation.

instructors
units
1-3-2
schedule
F (11:00-12:00) (9-450)
prerequisites
description

Combines online weekly face-to-face negotiation exercises and in-person lectures designed to empower budding entrepreneurs with negotiation techniques to protect and increase the value of their ideas, deal with ego and build trust in relationships, and navigate entrepreneurial bargaining under constraints of economic uncertainty and complex technical considerations.

instructors
M. Winkenbach
units
2-0-4
schedule
TR (2:30-4:00) H2 (E51-335)
prerequisites
description

Explores specific challenges of urban last-mile B2C and B2B distribution in both industrialized and emerging economies. Develops an in-depth understanding of the perspectives, roles, and decisions of all relevant stakeholder groups, from consumers, to private sector decision makers, to public policy makers.

instructors
V. Karplus
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR (1:00-2:30) (32-124)
prerequisites
description

Focuses on the ways economics and politics influence the fate of energy technologies, business models, and policies around the world. Extends fundamental concepts in the social sciences to case studies and simulations that illustrate how corporate, government, and individual decisions shape energy and environmental outcomes.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
T (2:00-5:00) (9-217)
prerequisites
description

Examines climate politics both nationally and globally. Addresses economic growth, environmental preservation, and social equity through the lens of sustainability. Uses various country and regional cases to analyze how sociopolitical, economic and environmental values shape climate policy. Students develop recommendations for making climate policy more effective and sustainable.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
M (3:00-6:00) (10-401)
prerequisites
description

Examines ways urban design contributes to distribution of political power and resources in cities. Investigates the nature of relations between built form and political purposes through close study of a wide variety of situations where public sector design commissions and planning processes have been clearly motivated by political pressures.

instructors
Dennis Frenchman, Kairos Shen
units
6-0-12H
schedule
MW (2:30-5:30), M (6:00-7:30) (10-485)
prerequisites
description

Focuses on the synthesis of projects for the real estate development industry, including the integration of physical design and programming with finance and marketing. Interdisciplinary student teams analyze how to maximize value in large-scale, mixed use projects in the process of preparing professional development proposals, involving sites in US cities and internationally.

instructors
units
6-0-9 PRACTICUM
schedule
W (5:30-7:30), F (9:00-12:00) (5-414)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Introduces a range of practical approaches involved in evaluating and planning sites within the context of natural and cultural systems. Develops the knowledge and skills to analyze and plan a site for development through exercises and an urban design project.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
R (9:30-12:30) (9-450)
prerequisites
description

Reviews a range of models for engaging communities, from a client-consultant relationship to advocacy, community organizing, consensus building, capacity building, and knowledge building. Considers the ways these different models can be used to strengthen democracy and advance equity in planning processes.

instructors
Carlo Ratti, Ricardo Alvarez, Zhengzhen Tan
units
3-0-6
schedule
F (2:00-5:00) (9-217)
prerequisites
description

The Digital Revolution is changing the way we live today as radically as the Industrial Revolution did almost two centuries ago. As urbanization accelerates across the world, digital media and information technologies hold huge potential for understanding, designing, and managing cities.

instructors
Andrea Chegut
units
4-0-9
schedule
TR (12:00 - 2:00) ()
prerequisites
description

Introduces students to data sources and science techniques for understanding real estate. Covers the foundations of data analytics. Includes a survey of machine learning methods and its applications to real estate development and financial analysis.

instructors
Andrea Chegut
units
1-0-2
schedule
TR (12:00 - 2:00) (9-354)
prerequisites
description

Focuses on the economic foundations of innovation, trace innovation to the primary and secondary commercial real estate markets, and survey products, spaces and technologies in the commercial real estate development pipeline of today and beyond. Candidly discusses the challenges faced by innovators in the real estate innovation domain.

instructors
Manish Srivastava
units
3-0-3
schedule
W (9:30-12:30) (9-354)
prerequisites
description

Builds upon students' previous real estate coursework in finance, capital markets, ventures, and development and applies the key concepts studied therein to international real estate transactions that involve varied geographies (and investors). Addresses a range of issues related to a variety of unique transactional dynamics.

instructors
Lauren Jacobi, Rafi Segal
units
Arranged
schedule
W (5:00-8:00) (3-133)
prerequisites
4.252J, 11.001J, 11.301J, or permission of instructor
description

Examines the complex development of cities through history by tracing a diachronic accumulation of forms and spaces in specific cities, and showing how significant ideas were made manifest across distinct geographies and cultures. Emphasizes how economic, spiritual, political, geographic and technological forces have simultaneously shaped and, in turn, been influenced by the city.

instructors
Brent D. Ryan, Arindam Dutta
units
21G / PRACTICUM
schedule
TR (1:00-6:00) (Studio )
prerequisites
description

The design of urban environments. Strategies for change in large areas of cities, to be developed over time, involving different actors. Fitting forms into natural, man-made, historical, and cultural contexts; enabling desirable activity patterns; conceptualizing built form; providing infrastructure and service systems; guiding the sensory character of development.

instructors
Zachary Lamb
units
2-0-7G
schedule
W (9:00-11:00) (10-401)
prerequisites
description

Examines innovations in urban design practice occurring through the work of leading practitioners in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Features evening or in-class lectures by major national and global practitioners in urban design.

instructors
units
2-0-7G
schedule
W (2:00-4:00) (10-401)
prerequisites
description

Examines the relationship between urban design ideals, urban design action, and the built environment through readings, discussions, presentations, and papers. Analyzes the diverse design ideals that influence cities and settlements, and investigates how urban designers use them to shape urban form.

instructors
C. Gordon
units
2-0-4
schedule
TR (4:00-5:30) First half of the term (9-354)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Develops a strong strategic understanding of how best to deliver various types of projects in the built environment. Examines the compatibility of various project delivery methods, consisting of organizations, contracts, and award methods, with certain types of projects and owners.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
R (6:00-9:00) (9-354)
prerequisites
description

Focuses on key business and legal issues within the principal agreements used to lease, finance, and restructure a real estate venture.

instructors
Walter Torous
units
3-0-6H
schedule
MW (12:30-2:00) (3-133)
prerequisites
15.426J, 15.401, or permission of instructor
description

Investigates the economics and finance of securitization, a practice that allows illiquid assets to be transformed into more liquid securities. Considers the basic mechanics of structuring deals for various asset-backed securities. Investigates the pricing of pooled assets, using Monte Carlo and other option pricing techniques, as well as various trading strategies used in these markets.

instructors
units
3-0-6H
schedule
MW (9:30-11:00) (9-217)
prerequisites
description

Presents a theory of comparative differences in international housing outcomes. Introduces institutional differences in the ways housing expenditures are financed, and the economic determinants of housing outcomes, such as construction costs, land values, housing quality, and ownership rates.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
M (2:00-5:00) (9-450)
prerequisites
description

Examines the built, psychosocial, economic, and natural environment factors that affect health behaviors and outcomes. Introduces tools designed to integrate public health considerations into policymaking and planning. Provides extensive practical training in the application of health impact assessment (HIA) methodology, which brings a health lens to policy, budgeting, and planning debates.

instructors
Zhengzhen Tan, John Grant, Yasheng Huang
units
3-0-3
schedule
R (9:30-12:30) H1 (9-255)
prerequisites
description

Applications for Spring 2020 due Friday Dec 6th, 2019
Entrance to the class is by application only. Applications are due by Friday, Dec 6th at 11:59PM. Access the application here. Questions? Email urbantech@mit.edu

instructors
units
3-0-9H
schedule
TR (11:00-12:30) (9-451)
prerequisites
description

Analysis of local and state power to regulate land use and development. Particular emphasis on the evolution of planning and zoning regulations, and the perceived narrowing of the relationship between public improvements requirements and development impact.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
T (3:30-5:30) (9-255)
prerequisites
description

Examines the history and dynamics of international environmental treaty-making, or what is called environmental diplomacy. Emphasizes climate change and other atmospheric, marine resource, global waste management and sustainability-related treaties and the problems of implementing them.

instructors
T. Kochan
units
2-2-2
schedule
MW (1:00-2:30) (E62-262)
prerequisites
description

Examines opportunities and challenges involved in building and growing businesses that achieve high financial performance and provide good jobs and careers to employees. Students engage participants in the MITx online course title Shaping the Future of Work to learn about the expectations and employment experiences of workers across the world.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
MW (9:30-11:00) (9-450A)
prerequisites
description

Introduces a suite of tools representing the basic set of practices used in the development field. Presents a wealth creation framework that focuses on place, improving livelihoods, incentivizing collaboration, creating multiple forms of wealth, and promoting local ownership. Students work with web-based tools designed for use in a professional setting.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
R (2:00-5:00) (9-450A)
prerequisites
description

Investigates the relationship between states and markets in the evolution of modern capitalism.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
F (9:00-12:00) (9-354)
prerequisites
description

Provides a systematic framework of the interplay (both tension and synergy) between urbanization and environmental sustainability from a global perspective. Enhances analytical reasoning and quantitative skills to assist evidence-based empirical study and policy design evaluation.

instructors
units
2-0-4H
schedule
TR (2:30-4:00), R 5:30-7:00 R1 (9-354)
prerequisites
11.431, 15.401, 15.402, or 15.407
description

Introduces real estate capital markets for institutional investors. Topics include real estate investment trusts (REIT), commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), and private equity. Concepts and techniques for investment analysis include portfolio theory and equilibrium asset pricing. Additional topics may include price indexing and derivatives.

instructors
units
2-0-4G
schedule
TR (4:00-5:30) , Recitation T 5:30-7:00 (9-354)
prerequisites
description

Introduction to analytical tools to support design and decision-making in real estate, infrastructure development, and investment. Particular focus on identifying and valuing sources of flexibility using "real options," Monte-Carlo simulation, and other techniques from the field of engineering systems.

instructors
units
4-0-8
schedule
MW (12:30-2:30) (9-451)
prerequisites
description

Provides an overview of affordable and mixed-income housing development for students who wish to understand the fundamental issues and requirements of urban scale housing development, and the process of planning, financing and developing such housing. Students gain practical experience assembling a mixed-income housing development proposal.

instructors
units
3-0-9H
schedule
MW (2:00-3:30) (9-450A)
prerequisites
description

Focuses on the policy tools and planning techniques used to formulate and implement local economic development strategies. Includes an overview of economic development theory, discussion of major policy areas and practices employed to influence local economic development, and detailed review of analytic approaches, to assess local economies and formulate strategy.

instructors
Reinhard Goethert
units
3-0-6H
schedule
TR (11:00-12:30) (3-329)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Considers a new interdisciplinary paradigm of practice that regards dialogue among practitioners and users essential for efficacious and creative design and planning process. Focuses on non-traditional client groups: communities, the poor, and the generally excluded middle-income.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
W (3:00-5:00) (9-451)
prerequisites
description

Combines state-of-the-art research on evictions and displacement globally (in the context of the global crisis of evictions, land grabbing, and gentrification) with the study of policy and practical responses to displacement, assisted by selected case studies.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
MW (9:30-11:00) (9-451)
prerequisites
description

Studies data visualization as a way for architects, planners and policy experts to communicate with the public. Develops technical skills to work with big data to answer or expose urban issues, which include cleaning and aggregating data in python, D3, and other web-based visualization software, and accessing APIs to download data.

instructors
Catherine D'Ignazio
units
3-0-9
schedule
MW (9:30-11:00) (9-450A)
prerequisites
description

Investigates the use of social medial and digital technologies for planning and advocacy by working with actual planning and advocacy organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate prototype digital tools. Students use the development of their digital tools as a way to investigate new media technologies that can be used for planning.

 

instructors
units
12
schedule
M (2:00-5:00) (4-146)
prerequisites
description

This is an advanced seminar which will analyze the effectiveness of developmental and planning theories from the perspective of practitioners who implement projects and policies based on such theories. The course will be organized around twelve implementation puzzles which should be considered for re-theorizing both developmental and planning processes.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR (11:00-12:30) (5-217)
prerequisites
description

Examines the behavioral foundation for policy design using urban transportation examples. Introduces multiple frameworks for understanding behavior while contrasting the perspectives of classic economic theory with behavioral economics and social psychology. Suggests corresponding policy interventions and establishes a mapping across behavior, theory, and policy.

instructors
units
2-0-1
schedule
M (10:00-11:30) (9-354)
prerequisites
description
instructors
units
2-2-2
schedule
MW (2:30-4:00) (Lecture), M (4:00-5:00) (Lab), F (12:30-2:00) Lab (W31-301 (Lab), 9-255 (Lecture), 9-554 (Lab on Friday))
prerequisites
description

An introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) as applied to urban and regional planning, community development, and local government. Emphasis on learning GIS technology and spatial analysis techniques through extensive hands-on exercises using real-world data sets such as the US census of population and housing.

instructors
units
2-2-2H
schedule
T (4:00-7:00) Lab, R (5:00-6:30) Lecture (9-554 (Lab), 9-450A (Lecture))
prerequisites
description

The fundamentals of database management systems as applied to spatial analysis. Includes extensive hands-on exercises using real-world planning data. Introduces database management concepts, SQL (Structured Query Language), and enterprise-class database software. Same content as first half of 11.521. First half of term. Prerequisites: 11.204 or permission of instructor

instructors
units
schedule
T (4:00-7:00) Lab, R (5:00-6:30) Lecture (9-554 (Lab), 9-450A (Lecture))
prerequisites
description

Learning and utilizing advanced geographic information system techniques in studio/lab setting with real-world client problem and complex digital spatial data infrastructure. Projects typically use the client and infrastructure setting for 11.521. Credit cannot also be received for 11.521 in the same semester. Second half of term. Prerequisites: 11.523 or permission of instructor

instructors
C. Osorio
units
3-1-8
schedule
MW (9:00-10:30), F (9:00-10:00) R1 (5-233)
prerequisites
description

Problem-motivated introduction to methods, models and tools for the analysis and design of transportation networks including their planning, operations and control. Capacity of critical elements of transportation networks. Traffic flows and deterministic and probabilistic delay models.

instructors
N. Ashford, C. Caldart
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR (3:30-5:00) (E51-057)
prerequisites
description

Reviews and analyzes federal and state regulation of air and water pollution, hazardous waste, green-house gas emissions, and the production and use of toxic chemicals. Analyzes pollution as an economic problem and the failure of markets. Explores the role of science and economics in legal decisions.

instructors
Barbara Dyer , Leigh Hafrey , Thomas Kochan
units
3-1-5 PRACTICUM
schedule
W (2:30-5:30) (TBA)
prerequisites
description

Practical exploration of community revitalization in America's small towns and rural regions. Focuses on work, community, and culture. Consists of rigorous classroom discussions, research, and team projects with community development organizations. Site visit for project field work required.

instructors
D. Mindell, E. B. Reynolds
units
3-0-9
schedule
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prerequisites
description

Examines the past, present and future of work from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing from the humanities, social sciences, and cognitive science and engineering.

instructors
units
3-0-6H
schedule
W (2:00-5:00) (9-450)
prerequisites
description

Seminar focused on helping to doctoral students to do learn how to craft an argument, a fundamental building block of independent scholarship, including using theory to frame an argument; moving from data to an argument; and writing a literature review with a critical point of view. Builds on first year paper proposal developed in 11-233, as well as data gathered over the IAP period.

instructors
units
1-1-1
schedule
W (10:00-12:00) (E14-140L)
prerequisites
description

Introduces principal issues in the field of advanced urbanism for discussion and exploration. Includes theoretical linkages between ideas about the culture of cities, processes of urbanization, and urban design. Involves events co-organized by faculty and doctoral students to further engage and inform research.

instructors
Mary Jane Daly
units
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schedule
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prerequisites
description

Familiarizes students with the practice of planning, by requiring actual experience in professional internship placements. Requires students to both apply what they are learning in their classes in an actual professional setting and to reflect, using a variety of platforms, on the learning personal and professional - growing out of their internship experience.

instructors
Catherine D'Ignazio
units
2-0-1
schedule
M (2:00-3:30) (9-217)
prerequisites
description

Gender and racial equity are often central goals of urban planning. But what are gender and race? What happens when we start to measure and model these dimensions of identity? Conversely, what happens when we ignore gender and race in urban computation?

instructors
units
2-0-1
schedule
R (2:00-3:30) (9-451)
prerequisites
description

Explores how the climate crisis will affect cities in the United States and globally, and what can be done to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

instructors
units
3-0-3
schedule
T R (3:30-5:00) (9-450)
prerequisites
description

This course introduces computational thinking and applied data science practice related to urban domain. Students learn principles, tools, and techniques of using data for urban problem-solving through hands-on exercises in Python.

instructors
Zhengzhen Tan
units
3-0-3
schedule
R (2:30-4:00) (first class March 31st) (E62-233)
prerequisites
description

China is the second largest economy in the world. That much we know. But much else about China is unknown and/or still hotly debated. For example, what have been the main drivers of Chinese economic growth? What are the driving forces of the largest urbanization in human’s history and how to understand the miracles in China’s booming real estate market?

instructors
units
3-0-6
schedule
F (2:00-5:00) (9-451)
prerequisites
description

The class introduces participants to the practice of Urban Science in the public sector, private sector and civil society. It invites a series of practitioners from the field, who work with data analytic tools in urban planning to MIT to present and debate their work, exploring how the emerging field of Urban Science is affecting and changing traditional planning practice.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
F (2:00-5:00) (9-450)
prerequisites
description

Demography is said to be destiny. A new longevity economy is emerging. While all nations are aging, studies indicate that nearly half of the children born in industrialized economies will live over 100 years. By 2047, there may be more adults over 60 years old then children under 15 worldwide. Planning and preparing for a 100-year society is a major challenge for government and business.

instructors
Catherine D'Ignazio
units
3-0-9
schedule
MW (9:30-11:00) (9-450A)
prerequisites
description

Investigates the use of social medial and digital technologies for planning and advocacy by working with actual planning and advocacy organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate prototype digital tools. Students use the development of their digital tools as a way to investigate new media technologies that can be used for planning.

 

instructors
units
Arranged
schedule
F (10:00-12:00) (9-450A)
prerequisites
description

The Cybersecurity Clinic provides an opportunity for MIT students to become certified in methods of assessing the vulnerability of public agencies (particularly agencies that manage critical urban infrastructure) to the risk of cyberattack. Certification involves completing an 8 hour self-paced online set of four modules during the first four weeks of the semester.

instructors
Janelle Knox-Hayes, Cynthia Rosenzweig
units
3-0-6G
schedule
F (1:00-4:00) (10-485)
prerequisites
description

This course examines climate adaptation and mitigation responses at the city level. The course examines factors of greatest concern in adapting cities to climate change including infrastructure, energy food and water systems, health, housing and environmental justice.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
R (10:00-12:00) (9-450A)
prerequisites
description

This subject examines how the development of the built environment produces and reproduces conceptions of race—sociobiological theories of human difference.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
F (2:00-5:00) (9-450)
prerequisites
description

Demography is said to be destiny. A new longevity economy is emerging. While all nations are aging, studies indicate that nearly half of the children born in industrialized economies will live over 100 years. By 2047, there may be more adults over 60 years old then children under 15 worldwide. Planning and preparing for a 100-year society is a major challenge for government and business.

instructors
Karilyn Crockett
units
schedule
TR (11:00-12:30) (10-401)
prerequisites
description

This course explores equity as a key value, measure and framework for operationalizing local economic development plans and policies. The course examines theory as well as the implementation of local policy initiatives for equity in U.S. cities.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
W (2:00-5:00) (9-217)
prerequisites
11.202/11.203 or equivalent introductory economics
description

Housing is a key site of social stratification. Race, class, gender, sexuality: all are enacted through our homes. Our homes provide access to our communities, and public goods like primary education are allocated less to families than to the occupants of houses. Housing is the key to wealth for the middle classes.

instructors
Siqi Zheng, Fabio Duarte, Jianghao Wang
units
3-0-9 PRACTICUM
schedule
F (2:00-5:00) (10-401)
prerequisites
description

Air pollution, as a byproduct of urbanization and motorization, has become a major cause of the deterioration of urban quality of life in many developing countries.

instructors
Janelle Knox-Hayes, Cynthia Rosenzweig
units
3-0-6G
schedule
F (1:00-4:00) (10-485)
prerequisites
description

This course examines climate adaptation and mitigation responses at the city level. The course examines factors of greatest concern in adapting cities to climate change including infrastructure, energy food and water systems, health, housing and environmental justice.

instructors
units
2-0-7
schedule
R (3:00-5:00) (10-401)
prerequisites
description

This course explores a series of planning and policy initiatives currently underway aimed at strategically leveraging the power of diaspora groups as a catalyst of sustainable growth and prosperity simultaneously for US cities and for communities in the developing world.

instructors
units
3-0-6
schedule
F (2:00-5:00) (9-451)
prerequisites
description

The class introduces participants to the practice of Urban Science in the public sector, private sector and civil society. It invites a series of practitioners from the field, who work with data analytic tools in urban planning to MIT to present and debate their work, exploring how the emerging field of Urban Science is affecting and changing traditional planning practice.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
WF (11:00-12:30) (10-485)
prerequisites
description

The Workshop on City Form invites a group of students to research and discuss themes about the form of cities in an attempt to relate formal theory, with empirical analysis and urban design. This spring’s seminar will focus on exploring walkability around suburban centers. 

 

instructors
Zhengzhen Tan
units
3-0-3
schedule
R (2:30-4:00) (first class March 31st) (E62-233)
prerequisites
description

China is the second largest economy in the world. That much we know. But much else about China is unknown and/or still hotly debated. For example, what have been the main drivers of Chinese economic growth? What are the driving forces of the largest urbanization in human’s history and how to understand the miracles in China’s booming real estate market?

instructors
units
Arranged
schedule
F (10:00-12:00) (9-450A)
prerequisites
description

The Cybersecurity Clinic provides an opportunity for MIT students to become certified in methods of assessing the vulnerability of public agencies (particularly agencies that manage critical urban infrastructure) to the risk of cyberattack. Certification involves completing an 8 hour self-paced online set of four modules during the first four weeks of the semester.

instructors
Kate Mytty, Matthew Claudel
units
2-0-4
schedule
R (4:00-6:00) (9-255)
prerequisites
description

It is increasingly clear that a socially, economically, and politically resilient city has never been realized from the top down – to create urban futures, we must explore and learn from the forms of urban informality.

instructors
units
2-0-10
schedule
M (11:00-12:30) (9-217)
prerequisites
description

This course is intended for MCP students preparing to write their thesis. The class will introduce the basics of field research, including different types of data collection and qualitative data analysis techniques. Over the course of the semester, students will develop their ideas for their thesis project and prepare a thesis proposal.