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.

Fall 2019 Conflict Chart

 

instructors
Gabriel Lanfranchi, David Gomez-Alvarez, Victor Vergara, Marco Kamiya, Robin Rajack, Eduardo Lopez-Morento, Patricia McArthy
units
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schedule
MTWRF (9:00-5:00), January 9th - January 20th (9-451)
prerequisites
description

*Students register for 11.902 and turn in an Independent Study form signed by a DUSP Faculty member to receive credit. Pick up form in 9-413. 

instructors
Mary Jane Daly
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Arranged
schedule
Arranged (Arranged)
prerequisites
description

Provides practical experience through internships secured by the student in the field of urban planning. Arranged meetings throughout the semester. 

instructors
Mary Anne Ocampo, David Birge, Sneha Mandhan
units
3
schedule
January 9-12, 16-19 (2:00-5:00) (10-485)
prerequisites
description

The course is aimed at developing design solutions for the various sustainability related issues faced by native neighborhoods in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The course forms a part of an ongoing research effort at the Center for Advanced Urbanism, in partnership with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

instructors
Celina Balderas Guzman , Heidi Nepf, Peter del Tredici
units
3
schedule
MWF (10:00-12:00), Week of January 16th and 23rd (9-450A)
prerequisites
description

With climate change, stormwater increasingly threatens cities with poor water quality problems and flooding. Constructed wetlands are a popular type of green infrastructure intended to collect, treat, and store stormwater from urban watersheds.  As a large-scale landscape, they have the potential to perform not just hydrologic functions, but also urban design and ecological functions.

instructors
Bish Sanyal, Mariano Eriz, Estaban Otto Thomasz
units
2
schedule
MTWRF (9:00-12:00), Week of January 23rd (9-450B)
prerequisites
description

Different private and public initiatives or projects address diverse problems of specific regions, cities or social groups in relation to climate change, environment, access to housing, transport services, cultural services and enhancing of social networks.

instructors
Dennis Frenchman, Gilad Rosenzweig, Matthew Claudel
units
6
schedule
MTWRF (9:00-4:00), January 23rd - February 3rd (9-451)
prerequisites
description

This two-week IAP workshop is intended for students and teams who have been selected to participate in the SA+P DesignX Accelerator program. Other interested students may attend with the permission of the instructors. The instructors have broad experience in mentoring start-ups, establishing new companies, and researching factors for success in the design and urban arenas.