MIT Announces Center for Advanced Urbanism

The MIT School of Architecture + Planning recently announced a new research initiative, the Center for Advanced Urbanism, which is committed to fostering a rigorous design culture for the large scale by focusing disciplinary conversations about architecture, urban planning and systems thinking on problems emerging in the 21st century. CAU seeks to integrate separate disciplinary agendas in architecture, landscape, ecology, transportation engineering, politics and political philosophy, technology and real estate through a design culture, ranging in scale from the complex infrastructural intersection, to that of a neighborhood, to that of an entire regional system.

CAU was established by the dean and chairs of the School of Architecture + Planning, and operates under the leadership of center director Alexander D’Hooghe, professor of architecture, and research director Alan Berger, professor of urban design and landscape architecture. Participants engage in projects, build things and work to actively change society; they then come together to learn from each other’s experiences, publish and debate about future directions.

Watch a video about the center.

Last week CAU announced a new research collaboration that will focus on how design can improve urban health to address the urgent need to research, design and implement solutions to urban challenges. The center will be working in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects. This research will support AIA’s efforts through the Clinton Global Initiative, Decade of Design.

CAU will be holding its first symposium, “Infrastructural Moment,” on April–9, 2013.

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