The lecture will describe WXY’s ongoing research on urban infrastructures. Through three recent projects that focus on resiliency, new options for mobility and the use of geospatial analysis to create more inclusive neighborhoods: a set of conditions emerge that argue for the necessity of understanding the latent potential of public infrastructure.
Lectures are free and open to the public. For some lectures, members of the MIT community with IDs will be admitted between 5:15-5:45 pm and the general public will be admitted as space permits at 5:45 pm.
Except as noted, lectures are at 6:00 pm in Room 7-429 (renumbered from 7-431), located at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.
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Howards Garden City as the Basis for a General Theory of Urbanism
The ideal of the Garden City as posited by Howard may be understood as the range of the principal constituent elements of urbanism. Howard provides “The What” for a General Theory.
Formerly Urban is an interdisciplinary exploration of strategies for shrinking cities – more specifically strategies for producing urbanity in places losing resident populations. Regardless of any disciplinary bias, it is clear that a shrinking city is not necessarily a dying city yet new strategies are needed to activate urban life. It is also clear that projective work in these contexts rely on the intersection of design, policy and finance…design to envision, policy to enable, and finance to pay.