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Environmental Design

The exhaustive list of topics in Environmental Design in which we provide Help with Homework Assignment and Help with Project is as follows:

Architecture Studio: Building in Landscapes


            Explanation of Semester Work

Assignment 1: Clues and References

Sketch Model         

            Field Visit     

            Talk 1/Work/Crits/Interviews   

            Assignment 2: Making a Design


            Talk 2/Work/Crits 



            Assignment 3: Clue/Reference

Field Visit     

            Talk 3/Work/Crits 

            Assignment 4: First Pass  

            Field Trip      

            Talk 4/Work/Crits 

            Assignment 5: Final Design         


            Talk 5/Work/Crits 


            Assignment 6: Making a Community Place    

            Field Trip      

            Assignment 7: First Pass with Found Objects and Building Blocks          

            Talk 6/Work/Crits 



            Assignment 8: Sketch Model, Drawings of Building and Site        

            Talk 7/Work/Crits 



            Assignment 9: Making an Echo of the Building         



            Assignment 10: Revised Design 







            Last Class     


            Explanation of Semester Work and Assignment 1: "Performance Place"        

            Field Visit to Quarry         

            Talk by Joslin and Wampler / Work / Crits / Interviews     

            Review of Assignment 1: "Performance Place", and David Whitney Talk: "Structures"      

            Give Out Assignment 2: "Homeless Shelter Place" for Teams of 5 or 6 each   

            Work / Crits

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Talk by Len Thomas, Director of Cambridge Multi Service Center          


            Review of Assignment 2: "A Place for the Homeless" with Celebration in Great Court        

            "Individual Place" Research History of Small Houses


Start Building Site Model


First Design Pass


Site Visit


Talk by Chris Dewart on Model Making in Shop      

            Talk by Joslin and Wampler / Work / Crits     

            Visit to Frank Lloyd Wright House and may be Walter Gropius House, Picnic Lunch

            Talk by Jen Seely: "Drawing Plans, Sections and Elevations"       

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Review of Assignment 3  

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Midterm Review, Celebration and Exhibition of the "Individual Place" Project          

            Assignment 5 Explained: "A Gathering Place for Scholars"           

            First Pass and Site Visit    

            Review of Assignment 5  

            First Design Pass with Sketch Model and Sketch Drawings          

            Talk by Anglea Watson: "Sketching while Designing"        

            Talk by Les Norford: "Ventilation / Sustainability / Light / Shade"          

            Review of Assignment 6  

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Review of Assignment 7  

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Talk by Rebecca Lurther: "Presentation and Portfolios"   

            Review of Assignment 8  

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Review of Assignment 9  

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Pinup of Work in Progress         

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Last Studio  

            Final Review           



            Explanation of Semester Work and Assignment 1: "Performance Place"        

            Field Visit to Quarry         

            Talk by Joslin and Wampler / Work / Crits / Interviews     

            Review of Assignment 1: "Performance Place", and David Whitney Talk: "Structures"      

            Give Out Assignment 2: "Homeless Shelter Place" for Teams of 5 or 6 each   

            Work / Crits

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Talk by Len Thomas, Director of Cambridge Multi Service Center          


            Review of Assignment 2: "A Place for the Homeless" with Celebration in Great Court        

            "Individual Place" Research History of Small Houses


Start Building Site Model


First Design Pass


Site Visit


Talk by Chris Dewart on Model Making in Shop      

            Talk by Joslin and Wampler / Work / Crits     

            Visit to Frank Lloyd Wright House and may be Walter Gropius House, Picnic Lunch

            Talk by Jen Seely: "Drawing Plans, Sections and Elevations"       

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Review of Assignment 3  

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Midterm Review, Celebration and Exhibition of the "Individual Place" Project          

            Assignment 5 Explained: Coming Together Place    

            First Pass and Site Visit    

            Review of Assignment 5  

            First Design Pass with Sketch Model and Sketch Drawings          

            Talk by Anglea Watson: "Sketching while Designing"        

            Talk by Les Norford: "Ventilation / Sustainability / Light / Shade"          

            Review of Assignment 6  

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Review of Assignment 7  

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Talk by Rebecca Lurther: "Presentation and Portfolios"   

            Review of Assignment 8  

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Review of Assignment 9  

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Pinup of Work in Progress         

            Work / Crits (cont.)          

            Last Studio  

            Final Review           




Sculpture Fundamentals


Metal Demo / Definitions

Visiting Artist, Krzysztof Wodiczko / Plan of Action

Introduce Project 2, Multiples and Manifestos / Images / Text

Student Manifestos Due / Casting Different Things Demo


Slides / Production

Woodshop Introduction

In-Progress Review (Guest Critique)

Midterm Review (Guest Critique)

MIG / Introduce Project 1, Structures and Skins / Slides



In-Progress Review

Final Review (Guest Critique)

In Class Visit to Boston Tool and Die Corp

Visiting Artist, Hiro Mori / How to Connect Things Demo / Sewing Demo Pt 1

Plan of Action / Reading

Look at Images / Text / Rubber Mould Demo

Introduce Project 3, Portable Sculpture / Slides / Sketches

In-Progress Review (Guest Critique)

Overview of Class / Clean-Up / Information Sharing / Evaluations

Casting Different Things Pt 2 / Student Trials


Sewing Demo Pt 2



Building Technology Fundamentals

Climate-responsive design



Thermal aspects of a building

Sound and hearing

Humid air

Acoustic aspects of a building

Construction principles, foundations

Room acoustics



Physics of light, photometry

Passive controls, thermal balance

Heat flow

Vision and colors, visual comfort

Lighting aspects of a building

Outside environment and human needs

Noise insulation

Air flow


Condensation and moisture

Integration of all aspects of building technology (class discussion)

Designing with natural light

Construction methods

In-class quiz: thermal aspects, lighting

Building elements: walls, openings, floors, roofs

In-class quiz: acoustics, construction

Electric lighting

Forms of energy and active heating/cooling

Thermal comfort and insulation

Templates for Internal Distribution of Air

Lab 3: Daylighting

Buoyancy and Wind-driven Airflows

Guidelines for Lab Report 3

Single-sided Ventilation

Guidelines for Lab Report 2

Review of Thermal Time Constant Estimates from Mr. Potato Head

Launching of Loggers and Deploying of Test Houses

Scaling Relationships

Inverse Square Law and Applications

Fundamentals of Natural Ventilation (cont.)

Lab 1: Design of Passive-Solar Houses

Simulation Tool for Estimating Wind-driven and Buoyancy Driven Airflows

Multi-node Models

Thermal-mass Measurements (Mr. Potato Head), Demonstration of Thermal-dynamics Spreadsheet Program

Fundamentals of Natural Ventilation: Hydrostatic Equation, Ideal Gas Law, Bernoulli's Equation, Orifice Equation

Introduction to Gujarati Houses

Frequency Analysis

Construction of Base-case House

Luminous Efficacy of Lamps


Downloading Temperature Data


Design and Construction of Passive-Solar Test House

Lighting Fundamentals

Electrical-circuit Analogies


MATLAB® Modeling of Complex Thermal Models




Prediction of Temperatures inside Test Houses

Calculations and Simulations in Support of the Design of Sustainable Housing

Daylighting Simulation in Gujarati Houses

Airflow Measurements with Hot-wire Anemometer

Comparison of Predicted and Measured Lighting Levels

Comparison of Prediction and Measurement


Design of Sustainable Housing for Afghanistan

Solar Heat Gain through Walls and Roofs

Zonal-cavity Method for Lighting Design

Reinstalling Temperature Loggers



Guidelines for Lab Report 1

Modification of Models and Second-round Tests


Downloading Temperature Data

Lab 2: Natural Ventilation

Introduction to Urban Housing in China


Luminance and Illuminance Calculations


Demonstration of Temperature Loggers


Modeling Airflows and Temperatures


Integration of Energy, Airflow and Lighting

Airflow Simulation Using CONTAMW V2.0



Lighting Simulation with Lightscape


Reynolds Number

Modeling Thermal Dynamics


Calculation of Benefit of Roof Openings

Solar Heat Gain through Windows

Daylighting Measurements in Base-case House

Modifying Houses and Reinstalling Temperature Loggers

Lighting Measurements



Course Introduction

Construction of Model Apartment Balconies (Indoor-outdoor Transition Spaces) for Wind-driven Airflow Studies or Model Office and Atrium for Buoyancy-driven Airflow Studies


Completion of Construction of Test Houses

Heat Capacity of Air inside a House

Modifying Test Houses

Daylighting Fundamentals

Combined Buoyancy-driven and Wind-driven Flows


Construction and Test of a Model for Convective Cooling of Thermal Mass

Comparison of Walls and Windows

Introduction to Modeling Thermal Systems


Lumen and Daylight Factor Methods

Project Presentations



Presentations of Results from Lab 1


Fundamentals of Energy in Buildings

            Natural ventilation

Conductive heat transfer, moisture transfer in walls


Energy, work

Introduction to design project 2: radiation

Entropy, cogeneration systems

Heat transfer introduction

Water, refrigerants, gases

Introduction, energy

Heating and cooling systems

Composite walls


Solar radiation, windows

Tour: Building 68, Koch Biology Building; and Building N51, MIT Museumand the Digital Design Fabrication Group

Conservation of energy, heat

Quiz 2

Quiz review




Heat pumps, refrigeration cycles

Introduction to the second law

Energy conservation

Human comfort


Quiz 1

Transients, moist air mixtures

Water: liquid and vapor

Steady state flow


Urban Design and Development

Guest speaker: Thomas Oles


Part 4: Changing Cities by Extending Them - Designing Suburbs and Regions

Development Controls Part II: Beyond Zoning: Urban Design Guidelines, Design Review and Development Incentives

Part 2: The American City - The Forces That Shape Our Cities

Part 3: Changing Cities by Designing New Ones

The Forces That Made Boston


The Rise of Community Activism




Shaping Private Development/Growth Management



Guest speaker: Lizbeth Heyer, Associate Director of Community Development, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Development Controls Part I: The Institutionalization of Planning and Zoning

Questions of the day: What are the visible signs of change in cities? How can we measure the form of cities? How do the underlying values of the observer influence what is observed?

Downtown Development and the Privatization of Public Space


Question of the day: How have advances in telecommunications technology changed the way we use and conceive cities?




Final Exam

- Le Corbusier's Radiant City

Question of the day: Is 'Public Space' being 'Privatized'?


Three Urban Utopias:

Part 6: New Ways of Seeing, New Ways of Planning

Landscape, the Environment and the City


Guest speaker: Professor Lawrence J. Vale


Guest speaker: Westwood, MA town officials and Cabot, Cabot & Forbes representative - developers for new TOD in former industrial park along the Westwood commuter rail line.

Questions of the day: How has concern for the landscape, open space, environment and quality of life shaped cities? Can cities be truly "green"?



The Suburbs Part I: The Origins and Growth of Suburbs

Natural Processes


Midterm Exam

- Ebenezer Howard's Garden City

Transportation and Its Impacts




Questions of the day: What can you tell about a city's origins from its founders? What is the difference between agrarian settlements and industrial cities? What happened to cities as America industrialized?

Discussion of Exercise 2

New Towns in the United States and Abroad

Question of the day: How has public transportation policy shaped urban form?

The Virtual City

The Suburbs Part II: Rethinking American Suburbs

Meet at the Government Center T-Stop (outside in front of the City Hall) at 8:00 am. For those students who can't join the tour until 10:30 - we will be in the Skywalk of the Prudential Center Tower (800 Boylston Street between Exeter and Gloucester Streets) at approximately 10:30 am. We will end the tour at noon at South Station Quincy Market where you can have lunch and/or catch a train back to MIT.

Ways of Seeing the City



Guest speaker: Thomas Oles


- Frank Lloyd Wright's Broadacre City

Questions of the day: What does the history of Boston's development tell us about the issues facing the city today? Are these forces common to all cities?



Questions of the day: Can we design cities without designing buildings? How can zoning and other design controls improve our public space?



Questions of the day: What were nineteenth century and early twentieth century housing and workplace reformers trying to reform? Do we still have company towns?

Questions of the day: What is urban design? What is urban development? How are they connected and how do they affect our lives?

Questions of the day: How has community participation changed urban design and development? Can urban development be a force for social equity?


Question of the day: How can urban designers, developers and planners create new economic value for historic places and the inner city?

The Tumult of American Public Housing



Guest speaker: Dennis Frenchman

The Design of American Cities

Questions of the day: What are the social consequences of sprawl? Can private development be controlled to manage growth on the regional scale? What are the current techniques used to manage growth?

Question of the day: What motivates planners to design new towns?

Questions of the day: What is the relationship between development incentives and quality public space? Can urban design guidelines and design review ensure good urban design? What are the newest development controls used by planners?

The Secure City - The Fortification of Space


Question of the day: What does urban design have to do with the problems of American public housing?

Questions of the day: How do "urbanism" and "suburbanism" differ as "ways of life"? What is the appeal of small town life, and can this be designed?


Cultural Districts, Heritage Areas and Tourism: If You Name It, Will They Come?


Part 5: Changing Cities by Redesigning Their Centers


Questions of the day: When does a "neighborhood" become a "slum"? How does one achieve a balance between "renewal" and "preservation"?

Question of the day: How are concerns about safety and security shaping public space and redefining communities?


Questions of the day: What assumptions does each thinker make about how people should live in cities? What beliefs does each hold about the relationship between city design and social change? What aspects of these "utopias" have actually come to pass?

Discussion of Final Paper

Questions of the day: Why do we have suburbs? How and why do the designs of new suburbs differ from the designs of older ones?



Part 1: What is Urban Design and Development? - Translating Values into Design


The Industrial City and Its Critics



Walking Tour of Boston


Urban Renewal and Its Critics



               Downtown: Its History (3)

            Research about Downtown

            Sources and Methods


            Downtown: Its History (1)

            Downtown: Its History (2)

            Discussion of Paper Topics

            Student Presentations (2)

            Student Presentations (3)

            Student Presentations (4)


             Discussion of Paper Topics

            One-on-one Discussions

            Student Presentations (1)


            Design for Sustainability

                        The Genzyme Building

Dr. Eric Adams, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering

Chris Schaffner, The Green Engineer, LLP      

Rick Aimes, Next Phase Studios 


            Current U.S. Trends

Robert Cunkelman, MIT  

            Final Presentations 2

Mark Webster, SGH Consulting Engineers     

            Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Prof. John Ochsendorf, MIT Architecture      

            Energy in Buildings

Prof. John Ochsendorf, MIT Architecture      

Prof. John Fernandez, MIT Architecture        

            Final Presentations 1

            Stata Center Tour

Byron Stigge, Buro Happold Consulting Engineers  


            Sustainable Design in Practice

Dana Ozik, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering        

            Student Presentations

            Water and Sanitation


            Project Working Session

            Sustainability and the Building Industry

The Green Engineer          

Prof. Leslie Norford, MIT Architecture           


Architectural Design: Perceptions and Processes



Desk Crits/Sections

Desk Crits/Concept Discussion

Desk Crits/Experience Images, Perspectives/Collages

Desk Crits/Site Sections (3)

Problem 4 Due

Desk Crits/Diagrams of Systems

DIA Beacon, Storm King

Field Trip DIA Beacon

Problem 5 Due

Desk Crits/New Model at 1/8" Scale, Plan + Sections

Desk Crits/Revised Plan + Sections

Desk Crits/Model + Plans

Field Trip

Desk Crits/Format Research

Issue Problem 1a and 1

Pin Up

Documentation Session

Desk Crits/Model at 1/8" Scale

Desk Crits

Desk Crits

3/4 Review/Model 1/8" Scale, Plan, Sections, Experience Image

Desk Crits/3 Concept Models

Desk Crits

Desk Crits/Sectional Models (2)

Desk Crits

Pin-Up/Concept Model Development

Final Review Week

Desk Crits

Drawing Review/Issue Problem 2

Projects Due/Final Review Project 1

Rooftop DIA Chelsea/Issue Design Problem

Issue Program


Mid-Review/Plan, Section, Model

Review Re-presentation, Research from NYC and Initial Design Proposals


The Suburbs Part I: The Origins and Growth of Suburbs

Natural Processes


Midterm Exam

- Ebenezer Howard's Garden City

Transportation and Its Impacts




Questions of the day: What can you tell about a city's origins from its founders? What is the difference between agrarian settlements and industrial cities? What happened to cities as America industrialized?

Discussion of Exercise 2

New Towns in the United States and Abroad

Question of the day: How has public transportation policy shaped urban form?

The Virtual City

The Suburbs Part II: Rethinking American Suburbs

Meet at the Government Center T-Stop (outside in front of the City Hall) at 8:00 am. For those students who can't join the tour until 10:30 - we will be in the Skywalk of the Prudential Center Tower (800 Boylston Street between Exeter and Gloucester Streets) at approximately 10:30 am. We will end the tour at noon at South Station Quincy Market where you can have lunch and/or catch a train back to MIT.

Ways of Seeing the City


Urban Design Studio: Providence

Part I: Background Research

Briefing and Reconnaissance

Documentation and Analysis

Part III: Recommendations / Documentation

Illustrative Design and Guidelines: Urban Guidelines, Streets, Spaces

Documentation and Presentation

Interpretive Analysis

Part II: Urban Design Concept Development

Alternative Concepts

Urban Design: Public Spaces, Building Typologies and Plots, Facades and Streets, Urban Plan and Massing and Program


Architecture Design: Cuba Studio

First Studio / Background Material / Lee Cott


Leave for Cuba / Overnight in Miami

Arrive in Cuba


Leave Cuba

Talk with Magda Fernadez / Discussion of Cuba / Interviews




Midterm Review

Discussion of Midterm

Week 8


Week 9


Work/Crits, Sketch Problem




Discussion of Trip


Week 5



Week 6


Week 7

Week 10



Week 11




Week 14


Final Review

Week 12



Field Trip to Zimmerman House, FLW


Week 13


Theory of City Form




Bi-polarity: San Diego / Tijuana, Delhi / New Delhi and Havana / Cuba

The Early Cities of Capitalism


Descriptive and Functional Theory

Spatial and Social Structure

Three Analogical Examples: The Cosmic Model

Post-urbanism and Resource Conservation


City Form and Process

Suburbs and Periphery

Bi-polarity: Johannesburg / Soweto

Public and Private Domains

The Organic Model

Organization and Control

Section One: The Nature of City Form Theory

Section Three: Current Theory and Practice


Partial Realizations

Modern and Post-modern Urbanism

Section Two: The Form of the Modern City

Vienna and Barcelona

Open-endedness and Prophecy

The Machine Model

Some Recent Theoretical Propositions

Permanence and Rationality

Research Topics in Architecture: Citizen-Centered Design of Open Governance Systems




          Slashdot as Example

            Name and Identity

            Project Examples

            Project Critique at Midterm

            Digital Space

            Final Presentations and Critique

            Identity, Input, and Output




The Production of Space: Art, Architecture and Urbanism

Review of semester projects "Work-in-progress" with Guest Reviewers Azra Aksamija and Jenny Ferng             Return from New Orleans

Christopher Sequeira and Victoria Powers (Pugwash) and Chris Csikszentmihalyi (Director, Computing Culture Group at MIT Media Lab)                       Work/Critiques (cont.)

Situationists: Legacies and antecedents, Guy Debord film             Work/Critiques (cont.)

Introduction and discussion on reader texts, formation of groups                     Pin-up of Sketch Assignment

Text debate and group work                  Work/Critiques (cont.)

Stata Centre field trip                    1st Studio

Group work and discussion for mid-term                   Pin-up of Assignment 3

Texts Bachelard, Bataille, Foucault, Hayden, Hollier, Defert                     Work/Critiques (cont.)

Visit to MIT museum; Mary Otis Stevens Archive (tentative)                    Work/Critiques (cont.)

Trevor paglen terminal air (Institute for Applied Autonomy) Guest of CAVS               Pin-up of Assignments 5 and 6

Presentation Guenther Selichar (Austria)                   Pin-up of Assignment 9

Mid-term project: In class presentation                      Work/Critiques (cont.)

Krzysztof Wodiczko                      Pin-up of Assignment 4

Wrap-up seminar and project evaluation                   Visit New Orleans

Mapping presentation by Stefan Heidenreich                       Work/Critiques / Pin-up of Work in Progress

CCTV / Culture Agents (Harvard)                       Discussion/Work/Critiques

Performative actions versus monuments       Explanation of Project     

Final project: Public presentation                     Work/Critiques (cont.)

Presentation Regina Moeller, Visiting Prof. VAP (Germany)                     Pin-up of Assignment 2

Conference on "Theatricality in Contemporary Article. Part I"                Work/Critiques (cont.)

Regina Moeller - Discussion of her work and introduction to comicbooks                   Visit New Orleans (cont.)

"Why don't we do it on the road" - Prof. Ute Meta Bauer             Pin-up of Assignment 8

Field trip to "Juergen Staack: Left behind, …missing pictures" at Space Other Gallery, Boston                  Work/Critiques (cont.)

Visit to media lab    TOPICS         

Gustavo Artigas (Artist, Mexico City) Guest of Harvard                  Work/Critiques (cont.)

Introduction/Overview of material, formation of teams               Work/Critiques (cont.)

CAVS Artist Group N55 introduce their work (Guest of the Interrogative Design Group, Prof. Wodizcko)                Work/Critiques (cont.)

"Reclaim the street" - Urban practices of the nineties, site specificity               

CAVS Damon Rich presents CUP (Center for Urban Pedagogy)               Work/Critiques (cont.)


Dialogue in Art, Architecture, and Urbanism

Hubert Murray, Architect/Planner for Boston's Central Artery Project speaks to class, presents history of the Central Artery

            Field Trip to Yale University to attend lecture by Kenneth Frampton and Arjun Appadurai on Critical Regionalism Revisited

            Field Trip to Brasilia


            Introduction, Slideshow of examples of Public Artworks and Muntadas' own work

            Students show their previous work

            Slideshow of Artist/Architect Collaborations, e.g.: Acconci + Holl's Storefront for Art and Architecture; Barbara Kruger's Collaboration with Smith-Miller and Hawkinson; Silvia Kolbowski;

Introduction to the Big Dig/Central Artery Project: Videotapes from PBS Documentary on the Project


            Final Critique of Students' Projects with Visiting Critics Wendy Jacob, Hubert Murray, and Laurie Palmer

          Visiting Artist: Kelly Dobson

            Pin-up of Students' Proposals for their Big Dig Interventions

            Discussion of Brasilia Trip; Students present photographs and film footage from trip

            Film: Sans Soleil

            Film: Berlin Babylon

         Introduction to Brasilia, Discussion of Planned Cities and their deployments of Public Art and Architecture


Ecologies of Construction


Part I: Origins and theory

1st day of class



Part II: Production and consumption

Randy Kirchain

Paolo Ferrão

Tim Gutowski

Part III: Applications and case studies

Chris Carbone

In-class essay

No class

Michell Apigian


Last day of class



Natural Light in Design

            Daylight factor calculations: Sky models CIE and Perez, split-flux method, LEED spreadsheet method

Climate data (Data definition and measurement, energy and weather data directory)

Dynamic metrics and related tools

User behavior model

Team 4: Sasaki project on Sacred Heart University

Hands-on exercise: DF calculation in Ecotect (split flux)

Overview on visual comfort (glare, contrast, recommendations)

End of workshop

General discussion about projects, workshop and software capabilities

Introduction to Radiance

End of second day

Hands-on exercise: Radiance visualizations


Hands-on exercise: DF calculation in Ecotect (Radiance)

Hands-on exercises: Import geometries and materials from other programs (SketchUp, AutoCAD®)

Hands-on exercise: Students to repeat DF, solar shading and daylight aautonomy analyses on their own

Daylight autonomy results

Team 3: Payette project on Aga Khan University


Daylight factor simulation: Design sky, split flux method in Ecotect

Hands-on exercises: Review yesterday's content

Static daylighting metrics (context of LEED, selected results from NRC survey, DF and solar shading)

IES virtual environment demonstration

Specialty topics (to be suggested by participants before the workshop)

General introduction to daylighting (benefits, design issues, thermal aspects, built examples)

Continue previous activities

Team 2: Façade renovation vs. transformation project on building 26

Team 9: Andelman/Lelek project on simulation tools comparison

Team 8: Green roundtable project on Nexus Center

Welcome, class introduction, design project (teams formed on following morning)

Team 6: Design project on greenhouse/patio space


Miscellany: Announcements, organization of design project teams

Hands-on exercise: solar shading module in Ecotect


Team 5: Fanning/Howey project on schools

Team 1: Buro Happold project on daylit parking

Hands-on exercise: Weather tool in Ecotect

Introduction to building simulation (why simulations for architects, tools used in this course)

Hands-on exercises: Participants start working on their own models (participants will have the opportunity to discuss their project ideas with the instructors)

Daylight coefficients

End of first day

Short time steps dynamics

Daylit buildings and technologies (including advanced materials)

Team 7: Design project on hospital patient room

Photometry (definition, measurement, typical values, DF definition)

Hands-on exercise: Daysim exercise from tutorial interrupted by discussions on:

Introduction to advanced radiance materials, Ecotect's RADTOOL


Site and Infrastructure Systems Planning

            Site and landscape planning processes           

            Site inventory and evaluation   

            Earthwork, soils     


            Site planning: introduction         

            Subdivisions, neighborhood design and sustainability       

            Graphic communication 

            Project work          

            Wrap up, debriefing Earthwork and utilities 

            Storm water: best management practices     

            Sites around wetlands and water features    

            Traffic and circulation      



Urban Nature and City Design

West Philadelphia's Mill Creek: Rebuilding Urban Communities and Restoring Natural Environments

Earth and Water

Air and the Urban Biome

Boston: Transforming and Constructing Nature

Urban Nature and City Design: Practice, Theory, and Tradition I

Urban Nature and City Design: Practice, Theory, and Tradition II

Dilemmas and Decisions: New Orleans

Part 2 - Presentation and Discussion of Student Papers

Presentation and Discussion


Sensing Place: Photography as Inquiry


            Landscape Poetics I

            Photo Essay Due in Online Gallery

            Reading and Telling Landscape

            Light I

            Site Selection

            Light II

            The Context of Place

            Significant Detail I

            Significant Detail II


            Review of Photo Essays in Online Galleries with Instructor

            Review of Photo Essays in Class

              Field Visit to Landslides

            Landscape Poetics II

            Landscape Narratives

            "Deciphering Landscape: Three Perspectives." Exhibit Opening and Lecture. Harvard Museum of Natural History, Oxford Street.

            Individual Meetings With Students

            Images and Words


            Sites in Sight: Photography as Inquiry

            Reading and Telling Landscape

            Site Selection due by 5PM


Light Assignment due in class.

            "Knowing Where to Stand"


Compton Gallery. Exhibit opening 5:30-7:30.

            Elements of Landscape Language

            Significant Detail

            The Context of Place


Detail Assignment due in class.

            Field Trip to Nahant



Draft of website photo essay due online for meeting.


Final Photo Essay due in online gallery two days before session #15.

            Review of Photo Essays in Online Galleries

            Landscapes Poetics

            Images and Words


Poetics Assignment due in class.

            Meetings with Individual Students


Storyboard draft of photo essay due in meeting.

            Landscape Narratives

            Meetings with Individual Students



Urban Design Skills: Observing, Interpreting, and Representing the City


Part I: Observing the City



Observations About Physical and Natural Spaces

Students Take Notes and Diagrams



'Reading' the City






In Class Presentation (Assignment 1 - Part A and B)

Walk - Fens/Muddy River


Blocks and Parcels

Line Types

What characteristics of physical space do you think impact the way people use it?

Hand Lettering

Techniques for Sketching in Pencil and Pen/Ink

Showing Materials (Conventions) on Drawings

Students Take Notes and Diagrams

Course Structure and Objectives

Walk - South End/Back Bay


Land Uses

Freehand Sketching and Drawing Types II


Architectural Implications

What characteristics are not related to physical space?

Students Take Notes and Diagrams

Open Spaces, Edges/Entries

Observations About How People Use Space

Walk - East Cambridge/Kendall


A Methodology For Physical Analysis

Freehand Sketching and Drawing Types I


Observations About Natural Context/Open Space




Part II: Interpreting the City

Warm-up Exercise, Short Walk

Building Types

Scanning Sketches and Labeling by Computer

Rendering By Hand


Colored Pencils and Markers

Land Use Colors

Hue, Saturation and Value

Primary, Secondary, Complimentary, Analogous and Neutral Colors, Color Interaction and Color Harmony

Rendering Trees

Shade and Shadows (Plan and Elevation)

Walk - Alewife


Bringing Together Natural Context/Public Placemaking and Objective Readings of Place

Meet Outside Alewife T (end of red line) at 9am

Students Take Notes and Diagrams

Fundamentals of Line Drawings I


Context Plan

Existing Conditions Plan

Opportunities and Constraints Diagram

Concept Plan

Illustrative Design Plan

Fundamentals of Drafting by Hand

Walk - Cambridgeport


Observations About Public Spaces / Placemaking

Meet at 9 am

Students Take Notes and Diagrams

Fundamentals of Digital Work


Photoshop - Collage Techniques

Walk - Suburbs


Observations About Public Spaces/Placemaking

Meeting at 9 am

Students Take Notes and Diagrams

Fundamentals of Digital Work II



Converting Files to PDF

Printing Tips

Review Assignment Two


Open Space and Public Space/Placemaking

Part III: Representing the City



How to Make Study Models

Walk - Final Project Site


Detailed Observations of Final Project Site

Meet at 9 am

Students Take Notes and Diagrams

Perspective Basics


How to Lay Out a Basic Perspective Drawing

Model Photography Underlays

Site Photograph Underlays

Presentations - Case Studies


Group Presentations - PowerPoint or Web (15 minutes each including Q&A)

Graphic Presentations





Laying Out Final Panels


Presentation of Cartoon Sets

Presentation Techniques

Work Day


Continue to Work on Mixed-use Presentation

Desk Crits and 'Dry-run' Presentations

Final Review


Review of Final Project, With Outside Critics


            Urban Design

            Robert Brown (Class #1)

Jeff Roberts (Class #3)

Prof. Hansman, Prof. Stewart, Prof. Williams, Prof. Silbey (Class #4)

Beth Rubenstein and Roger Boothe(Class #6)

John Curry (Class #7)       

            Part 2: Individual Brainstorming                       

            Part 3: Detailed Development of Proposal                

            Part 4: Test Outcomes                 

            Part 5: Formatting / Layout                   

            Part 6: Preparation for Final Presentation Part 3(a): Conceptual Plan / Open Spaces / Uses                       

            Part 3(b): Streets / Blocks / Parcels                  

            Part 3(c): Building Typologies / Design Guidelines               


Urban Design Seminar

Part 1: Urban Design Now

Designing Places and Policies

Assessing the Current State of Urban Design

Urban Design Competitions and How to Judge Them

Evaluating Urban Design

Discussion of Assignment 1

Part 2: Assessing Urban Design Futures

Topic 5: Reclaiming the Industrial landscape: Land and Water Infrastructure

Topic 6: Rediscovering Nature: Natural Systems in the City

What Have We Missed?

Redesigning Urban Design

Past Futures

Topic 1: Inventing New Ways of Living: Homes and Neighborhoods

Topic 2: Distributing Work: The New Workplace

Topic 3: The Advent of "Mediated" Space: Public Places and Technology

Topic 4: Creating a City of Learning: Schools and Stories in the City


            Urban Design Policy and Action



            At the cutting edge of urban design policy and action: part II

            Future directions?


Historical insights on public policy and urban design outcomes

            Exercising local and regional power on the design of cities

            Local government toolkits for urban design

            Effectiveness of policy tools for district and neighborhood design

            Introductions and overview of seminar

            Overview of policy and urban design

            Deploying the urban design policy toolkit to transform a city

            At the cutting edge of urban design policy and action: part I


Part I: A tools approach to implementing urban design policy


Why should government get involved in urban design?

A tools approach to government action

The five (plus or minus) tools

Ownership and operation


Property rights

Incentives and disincentives: direct and indirect


Choosing tools and designing programs

Part II: Two case studies in the implementation of urban design policy

Downtown planning in San Francisco

Field trip to Boston Civic Design Commission meeting

Design review

In conclusion



Environmental Management Practicum: Brownfield Redevelopment

Introductions and course outline

Site visit and client meeting #1

Review 1: Brownfields and real estate

Review 2: Brownfields and real estate (cont.)

Site visit and client meeting #2


Phase I: Proposal preparation

Proposal review and discussion (1 week)

Phase II: Preliminary scenario development

6          Reflection meeting

7          Reflection meeting

Phase III: Options analysis

8          Reflection meeting

9          Reflection meeting


Phase IV: Options narrowing

11       Reflection meeting

12       Reflection meeting


Phase V: Final option analysis

14       Reflection meeting

15       Reflection meeting

Phase VI: Final report preparation


            Brownfields Policy and Practice


            Course Introduction         

            Brownfields Basics

            How We Got Here: Law and Liability   

            Market Forces: Opportunity Drivers   

            Site Tour: City of Lynn     

            So What Do You Want To Do About It?


Guest Speaker - Deirdre Menoyo, Esq.           

            Environmental Justice: The View through the Chain Link Fence 

            Environmental Justice in Practice


Guest Speaker - Russ Lopez, Boston University School of Public Health           

            Environmental Constraints: The Technology of Cleanup   

            Guest Speaker - John McTigue, L.S.P. 

            Environmental Constraints: Risk Assessments          

            Guest Speaker - Dave Merill      

            Recap of Environmental Issues 

            Economic Considerations in Brownfields Redevelopment

            Liability and Risk Management 

            Bringing it All Together    

            Developer Perspective


Guest Speaker - Eli Levine, Brownfields Recovery Corp.   

            The Role of CDCs in Brownfields Redevelopment


Guest Speaker - Jeremy Liu, ACDC       

            Where does that Leave us?        

            Brownfield Politics and The End Game


Guest Speaker - Scott Darling, Esq.


Case Study - Part I 

            Case Study - Part II           

            Case Study - Part III          

            Student Presentations - I

            Student Presentations - II           

            Student Presentations - III          


            Revitalizing Urban Main Streets


            Arrival in New Orleans

January New Orleans Trip Itinerary (PDF)


            Course Introduction: Main Street Sites and Issues

Urban Neighborhood Decline: Causes, Consequences, and Challenges

This class discusses the National Trust for Historic Preservation's (NTHP) Main Streets program model in more detail and introduces the class to the newly created New Orleans Main Street Program and to the St. Claude Avenue Main Streets District.

The class also introduces the problems facing urban commercial districts, the causes and forces behind their decline, and describes some of the economic and physical consequences of their decline.        

            New Orleans Background: Social, Political, and Development History

We will begin the process of building our understanding of the New Orleans context by reviewing readings on the history of New Orleans—emphasizing its political and physical development. An important question for this class is the extent to which pre-Katrina challenges reflect common issues of urban disinvestment and decline or have a unique character given New Orleans' history. We will also explore how the pre-Katrina conditions shape the current rebuilding issues and challenges.  

            Katrina Impact, Disaster Recovery, and New Orleans' Planning Process

This discussion will occur during a special dinner session. Students and community members will discuss the impact of Katrina, efforts to recover and how previous and new planning processes fit into the revitalization plans for the city.         

            Urban Design and Development: Ways of Seeing and Listening

Ways of seeing the built environment will be explored. How do we use maps, visual clues, and other kinds of information to gather information about a place? An overview of techniques for "seeing" the city and using clues to evaluate environments will be discussed during our tour of the St. Claude Avenue Main Streets District. Ways of seeing economic districts will also be presented. Readings are also included on citizen participation in the planning process and the uses of oral history in constructing a vision and plan. Please be sure to do the reading prior to the trip!         

            Physical Design and Economic  Planning Tools I

Preparation for Field Work

Economic Development: Theories of Retail/Identifying Retail Niches

Urban Design: Change in Neighborhood Commercial Districts

We will begin the discussion of physical and economic tools during our walking tour of the St. Claude Avenue Main Streets District and there will be follow-up discussions when we return to Cambridge. During the tour, several urban design and economic development tools will be introduced to the students.

We will provide an overview of the built environment/architecture of neighborhood commercial districts and describe the changes that have occurred to these features during the 20th Century. We will discuss the historic form of these districts, the unsympathetic alterations to them that have occurred in the last fifty years, and some of the efforts that are now being made to restore or complement these features.

In addition, we will discuss economic theories of how retail centers work and how they apply to downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. We also will discuss the role of niche specialization in business districts and how to identify and evaluate economic and retail niches. Strategies for using urban design and public realm enhancements to revitalize commercial districts will also be explored.       

            Presentation/Discussion of Observations with St. Claude Main Street Representative


Meeting with University of New Orleans Planning Studio working on retail development plan for Gentilly neighborhood

Field work and meetings 

            Return to MIT         

            Revitalization Strategies I and II

This class extends the discussion of urban commercial district decline to neighborhood centers and introduces several approaches to urban neighborhood revitalization. It describes the spatial temporal pattern of progressive downtown decline, introduces definitions and concepts of revitalization, and discusses revitalization strategies that encompass housing restoration, reinvestment and resident employment. The use of art and culture as a revitalization strategy will also be explored.   

            Project Discussion and Planning

This class is devoted to reviewing what we have learned about the St. Claude Avenue Main Street District and drafting plan outlines. Discussion will include key revitalization issues, the uses of visioning in the planning process, potential elements of a revitalization plan, challenges, concerns, feasibility issues around the regional food market strategy, how the UNOP District 7 plan informs our work, and framing project tasks for the next three weeks. Other themes to consider for this discussion include: how economic development and physical planning interrelate in each study area and which are the historic and current roles of racial, class and gender issues in the district and City of New Orleans.

            Economic Planning Tools II: Retail Market Analysis and Economic Planning

Economic Planning Tools III: Asset and Capacity Assessment

Lecture slides (PDF)

Ethnic retail market analysis (PDF) (Courtesy of Prof. Karl Seidman and graduate student. Used with permission.)

Market Analysis is critical to evaluating the economic potential of business districts and identifying which specific retail and service businesses are most likely to be viable in a specific Main Streets district. We will use two market study reports, one for Salem Massachusetts and one for Downtown Detroit to review and assess market analysis approaches. With our focus on developing a food market center in St. Claude, we will also discuss what type of market analysis is needed to better understand the potential, opportunities and barriers for food-related development uses.

This class will also review several frameworks for understanding and evaluating community assets and capacity and discuss how they can be applied to better understand the opportunities and constraints in each neighborhood.      

            Work Session on Existing Conditions Analysis

This class will give students an opportunity to work in teams to discuss progress on their existing conditions analysis, present questions & issues they are confronting, and to determine how they can organize & analyze the information they have collected.     

            Urban Food Systems and Issues

Sustainable neighborhoods and commercial districts

Work session          

            Physical Design Tools II: Streetscape

Physical Design Tools III: Image and Neighborhood Form

This class will provide an overview of the public realm of Main Street commercial districts — its streets, sidewalks, and open spaces. It will discuss the different ways in which streets, sidewalks, and public amenities can enhance or detract from the public realm and introduce methods used to enhance streets for both pedestrians and automobiles. The class will look at streetscape modifications and other physical improvements as tools to develop enhancements to a neighborhood commercial district's sense of place through the perception of neighborhood residents and shoppers.  

            Work Session         

            Presentations of Student Work/Discussion of Next Client Presentation

The students will make a presentation on Phase I analysis findings. Presentations will include assessment of existing physical conditions, results of demographic and market analysis, analysis of food industry issues and opportunities and key issues, agendas and possible elements of the revitalization plan. Students must also present a work plan and schedule for moving forward. Discussion is intended to assist the teams in codifying ideas, focusing on challenge areas, and moving toward project goals.   

            Early March through April

Class sessions beginning the second week in March and continuing through April concentrate on the major policies and interventions available to advance revitalization visions. These represent potential plan elements and levers that need to be customized to the local vision, goals and conditions. Readings provide background on these interventions and examples of how communities have applied them. The purpose of each class is to explore how these interventions may apply to the St. Claude Avenue Main Streets District and to develop specific ideas how to incorporate them into a district plan. 

            Work Session         

            Policies and Interventions I: Development

Policies and Interventions II: Design and Zoning Guidelines

In this class, we will focus on the role of real estate development, both new construction and rehabilitation of existing buildings, in bringing new economic activity to neighborhood Main Street districts. The Central Avenue Corridor Plan for Albany, New York and the Worcester, Massachusetts Arts District Master Plan will provide case studies for this discussion. Key topics will include the role of catalyst projects, overcoming development obstacles, the role of existing building owners, and the merits of new construction versus rehabilitation. This class will also discuss the role of transportation in neighborhood revitalization and approaches to strengthening and leveraging transportation assets for commercial activity and development through the application of transit-oriented development principles.

This class will also discuss the roll of zoning guidelines in shaping development and the reasons for creating design guidelines for a commercial district. We will use examples from the two Boston-area commercial revitalization plans. The class will also review sample design guidelines from various Main Streets programs. Please note that there are quite a few readings for this session. Priority should be given to the first seven readings on the list below. The remaining four readings/reserve materials are supplemental and should be used as needed for your team work on creating overall development strategies and design and zoning frameworks for the districts.           

            Synthesis and Reflection

Synthesis classes are meant as in-class working sessions. Feedback during previous presentation discussions will be used to move projects forward and prepare for the first presentation of assessments and preliminary agendas/proposals to the client. Instructors will offer individual critiques and assistance throughout the class to prepare the students for a team presentation to the client during spring break.

Time will also be devoted to review and reflection on the planning work done to date, particularly the results and implications of the phase 1/existing conditions analysis for the client, project goals and our goals for the next field trip. Need to update the reflection exercise Students will write in their project journals to answer a series of questions regarding their role and the role of team members in the project and in New Orleans. The readings below are meant to guide the students in their reflection.

Work session to prepare for client presentation, in-class reflection assignment.      

            Draft Presentation

Students will do a dry-run of their draft client presentation based on the existing conditions analysis completed last week. Feedback from the class, faculty and guests will guide the students in making revisions and refinements through the end of the week before departure for New Orleans.       

            Work Session and Reflection

Additional work on finalizing the Phase 1 analysis and presentation. Specific goals, tasks and assignments for the field trip. Reflection on work to date, concerns and challenges for field trip. Discussion of reflections on course themes. 

            Field Trip to New Orleans for Half of the Class During Spring Break

Presentations to client and additional field work conducted during this week.         

            Report Back on Client Presentation and Feedback from New Orleans Trip

Students will report back on their New Orleans client presentation during spring break. Class discussion will focus on client feedback and a strategy for moving forward. 

            Policies and Interventions III: Business Development, Retention, and Attraction

Policies and Interventions IV: Marketing and Promotion

Lecture Slides (PDF)

As the economic foundation and key customer destination for commercial district, revitalization programs pay special attention to managing the mix and quality of business. These management efforts encompass two broad activities: (1) retaining and assisting existing businesses; and (2) attracting new enterprises. This class reviews approaches and issues related to achieving a desired mix of businesses and their relevance to the St. Claude Avenue Main Streets District. The Grossman reading, in particular, poses questions about whether new approaches developed to expand markets for micro-enterprises programs can be applied to business districts.

The class will also discuss the need for commercial centers to attract and sustain customer markets for their businesses and the overall district. We will look at the tools and approaches used to develop a district marketing image or position and to directly market the business districts to distinct customer groups.           

            Policies and Interventions V: Safety and Sanitation

Policies and Interventions VI: Capacity Building and Implementation

Perceptions on crime and deterioration are a major obstacle to revitalization for many urban commercial districts and providing a safe and clean environment is often a precondition for progress on other revitalization goals. This class reviews approaches that Main Street programs and Business Improvement Districts us to address crime issues and improve the district cleanliness.

Strong organizations and mechanisms to strengthen coordination among key commercial district stakeholders are critical to successful implementation of revitalization plans. This class will look at two formal commercial district coordination mechanisms, Central Retail Management and Business Improvement Districts and review experience with collaborations from broader community development practice. A final part of the class will review and critique the implementation components of the Albany Central Avenue Plan to help provide insight into what constitutes effective implementation planning and proposals.   

            Work Session         

            Work Session (cont.)

This in-class working session will seek to clarify major concepts of the plan and prioritize ideas and goals for the district. The students will use class time to articulate key concepts that will guide the goals and objectives of the revitalization plan and to develop a draft framework for the plan.   

            Presentations of Plan Frameworks

Students will have 20 minutes to present a summary of overall concepts and goals/objectives of the revitalization plan. A written outline of the plan framework (as an outline for the revitalization plan report) will show key elements of the plan in draft detail. After the presentations, the class will discuss the revitalization plan concepts and outlines and offer feedback to enable the class to move forward.      

            Synthesis: Elements of the Plan

Working with the plan framework presented in the previous session, students will begin to assign individual work and to develop elements of the plan during this working session.   

            Presentation of Draft Plan

Students will make a presentation of the draft plan to the class and invited guests in preparation for the trip to New Orleans and a presentation to the client committee. Presentation will focus on a summary of the work done to date and will feature major plan elements and will seek to identify links between elements of the plan, describe key findings, and illustrate key themes with clear and compelling graphics and text. Discussion will offer feedback on presentation style, clarity and effectiveness of graphics, and content of draft recommendations.       

            Work Session/Travel to New Orleans for Client Meeting

This working session will continue progress on the plan elements. Half of the class will travel to New Orleans today in preparation for a presentation to the client committee.         

            Report Back on Client Meeting and Feedback on the Draft Plan Presentation

A discussion of the working process, areas of frustration, and lessons learned will seek to contribute to the students' experience with reflective planning practice. The second half of the class will allow time for a presentation of the revised final plan and feedback from the class and others.          

            Work Session         

            Last Day of Class


Reflections presentation of revised plans      

            Final Report/Plans Due

Copies of the final report/plans are due in the professor's office.          


            New Century Cities: Real Estate, Digital Technology, and Design



Example Projects and Prospects                       

            Placemaking and Urban Design Value

Will this Improve the Livability of the City?               

            Technological Value

What Systems Are Being Developed?             

            Social Value

Who Will Benefit and How?                   

            Real Estate Value

What Are the Financial Incentives for Developers?

How Can We Think About Value in a More Comprehensive and Differentiated Way?                    




Imaging the City: The Place of Media in City Design and Development

Part 1. The Mediated City

Process and Form, Work and Place - Richard Sennett, University Professor of the Humanities, NYU and Centennial Professor of Sociology, LSE

Image Construction in Pre-Modern Cities - Julian Beinart, Professor of Architecture, MIT

Tales of Manhattan: Mapping the Urban Imagination Through Hollywood Film - Henry Jenkins, Professor of Literature, MIT, Director, Master's Program in Comparative Media Studies

The City in Cyberspace: Representation of Community and Place - Tom Campanella, Anne Beamish, Doctoral Candidates, DUSP, MIT

Ephemera, Temporary Urbanism, and Imaging - J. Mark Schuster, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

Place-Marketing: Using Media to Promote Cities - Briavel Holcomb, Professor of Urban Studies and Community Health, Rutgers University

Part 2. Imaging Cities: Opportunities for Urban Designers

Negotiating Conflicting Images - Eugenie Birch, Professor of City Planning, University of Pennsylvania

Fabricating Heritage Narratives: Locale, Region, Nation - David Lowenthal, Professor Emeritus of Geography, University College, London

Designing Local and Regional Heritage Narratives - Dennis Frenchman, Professor of the Practice of Urban Design, MIT

Re-imaging the Rust Belt: The New Cleveland Campaign - Edward Hill, Cleveland State University, Patricia Burgess, Cleveland State University, Ruth Durack, Kent State University

Architectural Mega-Projects in Asia: New City Images and New City Form - Larry Ford, Professor of Geography, San Diego State University

Rating Place-Ratings - John de Monchaux, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, MIT

Inner Cities and Outer Cities - Dolores Hayden, Professor of Architecture and American Studies, Yale University, Alex MacLean, architect/aerial photographer, Cambridge, MA

The Images of Commonplace Living in Modern City Regions - Judith Martin, Professor of Geography, University of Minnesota, Sam Bass Warner, Jr., Visiting Professor, MIT

Part 3. Conclusions: New Directions for Designing the Mediated City

City-Imaging after Lynch - Sam Bass Warner, Jr. and Lawrence Vale


Power of Place: Media Technology, Youth, and City Design and Development

Prologue: Gateway to an Unfolding Project

The West Philadelphia Landscape Project.

Frameworks for Action: Water, Infrastructure, Architecture, People.

Professional Expertise and Local Knowledge: Understanding the Neighborhood.

Mill Creek Projects: Water, Infrastructure, Architecture, People

Tracing the Past, Envisioning the Future: Historical Context for Projects.

Tracing the Past, Envisioning the Future: Historical Context for Projects (continued).

The Internet and Community Design and Development.


Define Goals and Objectives, Develop Proposals.

Proposals for Projects Due: Presentation and Discussion.

Revised Proposals Due. Determine Class Topics.

Field trip to Philadelphia. Work with Sulzberger students.

Work on Projects.

Work on Projects (continued).

Finish Projects.

Reflect on Projects.



            Architecture and Communication in Organizations

            Strategy and Design: Why Space Matters

            Architecture and Communication

            Lunch and Opportunity to Visit Office Spaces at MIT and Kendall Square

            Collective Intelligence and Information Distribution

            Marketing, Distributed Work and Reinvention



            Architecture of Knowledge

            From Consolidation to Innovation

            Lunch Break

            Discussion of Case Studies and Emerging Topics

            Workplace Design: An Evolving Practice