Faculty
Alan Berger

Alan Berger is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he teaches courses open to the entire student body. He is founding director of P-REX lab, at MIT, a research lab focused on environmental problems caused by urbanization, including the design, remediation, and reuse of waste landscapes worldwide. He is also Co-Director of Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT (LCAU). All of his research and work emphasizes the link between our consumption of natural resources, and the waste and destruction of landscape, to help us better understand how to proceed with redesigning around our wasteful lifestyles for more intelligent design and development outcomes. Unlike conventional practice, there are no scalar limits in his outlook or pedagogy: projects are defined by the extent of the urban and environmental problems being addressed. He coined the term “Systemic Design” to describe the reintegration of disvalued landscapes into our urbanized territories and regional ecologies.

In addition to Bergers' award winning books Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America, and Reclaiming the American West, his other books include Designing the Reclaimed Landscape, Nansha Coastal City: Landscape and Urbanism in the Pearl River Delta (with Margaret Crawford). His most recently published books are Systemic Design Can Change the World and Landscape + Urbanism Around the Bay of Mumbai (with Rahul Mehrotra). He also edited LCAU's 2013 Report on the State of Health + Urbanism. He has established, (in collaboration with USEPA Superfund Region 8 and Tiffany & Company Foundation) the world's first web portal for community-based reclamation design advocacy at waste2place.mit.edu.

Prior to MIT Berger was Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard-GSD, 2002-2008. He is a Prince Charitable Trusts Fellow of The American Academy in Rome.



Publications:


Health + Urbanism Cover

Report On The State of Health + Urbanism, 2014



Waste to Place Cover

Waste To Place: A New Model For Reclamation in the American WestMIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 Superfund Group, 2012



The Bay of Mumbai Cover

Landscape + Urbanism Around The Bay of Mumbai, MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning, and Urban Design Research Institute-Mumbai, 2010



Systemic Design Cover

Systemic Design© Can Change the World, Sun Publishers, 2009



Designing The Reclaimed Landscape Cover

Designing The Reclaimed Landscape, Taylor & Francis, 2008



Drosscape Cover

Drosscape: Wasting Land In Urban America, Princeton Architectural Press, 2006



Reclaiming The American West

Reclaiming The American West, Princeton Architectural Press, 2002

Areas of Interest
Environmental Planning and Management, Infrastructure Systems, Landscape Architecture and Natural Systems, Urban Design