A newly released report from MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) resulting from the student course "Advanced Research Workshop in Landscape + Urbanism" highlights the complexity of the issue. Produced in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects, the document examines an array of public health matters in eight major metropolitan areas in the United States, and suggests a wide array of possible remedies, from better mass transit to extensive tree-planting. The report was authored by Alan Berger, a professor of landscape architecture and urban design, along with Andrew Scott, an associate professor of architecture, about a dozen graduate students from MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning and researchers at CAU. Berger sat down with MIT News to talk about the findings.

The Spring 2013 "Advanced Research Workshop in Landscape + Urbanism" is the first stage in the collaboration between the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism and the American Insitute of Architects on the Health & Urbanism Initiative. Further details on the Health & Urbanism Initiative are available here.

The report is available to download here. This report is a preliminary summary and accounting of work conducted by graduate students in a semester-long workshop held at MIT, which marked the first 3 months of a 10-year study. This report is not intended to be read as a comprehensive peer-reviewed document, and is not endorsed as a peer-reviewed study by MIT or CAU.