Urban Planning

The Urban Planning node is comprised of academics and practitioners who work in collaboration with communities to improve the quality of life in cities. The desire to promote equitable development and social justice, urban resilience and sustainability raises urgent questions about, among other things, the future of governance and democracy, the role of markets, stewardship of nature and the environment and the role of race, immigration status and identity in constructing communities. Knowledge generated through the lived experience of urban residents themselves can serve to inform successful approaches to these challenges.

Aditi Mehta, Node Chair aditim@mit.edu.


  • Civic Media: Collaborative Design Studio

    The Civic Media: Codesign Studio provides a service-learning opportunity for students wherein they are organized into multidisciplinary, diverse teams that work together with a community partner to create civic media projects based on real-world needs. The studio is also a space for shared inquiry into the theory, history, best practices, and critiques of various approaches to ...

  • Many Urban Planning Students Enroll in Civic Media Course

    Many students in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) are enrolled this fall in Civic Media: Codesign Studio, a course offered through the school’s Comparative Media Studies Department.  In fact, the TA for the course is DUSP PhD.  Check out the class blog to get a glimpse into how comparative media studies and planning ...

  • Transforming Cities and Minds through the Scholarship of Engagement

    Written by engaged scholars and practitioners,Transforming Cities and Minds is an “instrument-for-action” on the problems faced by U.S. cities that have suffered from decades of disinvestment. The book advocates the concept of reciprocal knowledge: real learning on both sides, campus and city, through a complex network of human relationships. Across the country from Camden to Oakland, the ...

  • A City-Campus Engagement Theory From, and For, Practice

    This article tells a story of practice, a story of theory, and how each informs and transforms the other through a two-way flow of people and knowledge from a city to a campus and back again. By reflecting with fellow participants on the events and outcomes of a sustained city-campus partnership, the author introduces a ...

  • MIT@Lawrence Partnership

    MIT@Lawrence is a sustained, multi-faceted partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the City of Lawrence, MA, a small, ethnically diverse city 30 miles northwest of Boston. Over the partnership’s 10-year history, faculty and students from many MIT programs have worked together with Lawrence residents, civic institutions and community-based organizations to address problems facing ...

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