The Center for Advanced Urbanism is committed to fostering a rigorous design culture for the large scale; by focusing our disciplinary conversations about architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, and systems thinking, not about the problems of yesterday, but of tomorrow. We are motivated by the radical changes in our environment, and the role that design and research can play in addressing these. We embrace conversations with the world's top experts at MIT, to feed and foster our innovations. We take pride in the fact that participants in the center do not just talk about things; they create projects, build things, and actively change our society out in the real world; and then come together to learn from each other's experiences, publish, and debate about future directions. The Center for Advanced Urbanism has been established at the initiative of the Dean and department Chairs of the School of Architecture and Planning and reflects a renewed drive to excellence in urbanism.
The MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism is a premier research center focused on the design and planning of large-scale, complex, 21st century metropolitan environments. The Center aims to redefine the field of urban design to meet contemporary challenges utilizing interdisciplinary collaborative practices and the most advanced analytical and representational tools.
- To enable real world collaboration among interdisciplinary professionals to build new knowledge and deliver large-scale design and planning projects that address pressing global urban design, architectural, and environmental challenges.
- To disseminate the learning from these projects in the form of new modes of analysis, frameworks for practice, and recommendations for the long-term functionality of metropolitan areas.
- To educate a new generation of leaders who not only have a deep understanding of the issues facing our urban future, but also have the real world project experience to catalyze change.
School of Architecture and Planning
The School of Architecture and Planning comprises the Department of Architecture , the Department of Urban Studies and Planning  (DUSP), the Media Lab , the Center for Real Estate  (CRE), and the Program in Art, Culture + Technology  (ACT). Both departments, as well as MAS and CRE offer advanced degrees and include opportunities for joint programs with other departments. The Media Laboratory and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies do not confer degrees but are research based. The Media Lab houses the MAS program and provides its students a unique environment to explore basic research and applications without regard to traditional divisions among disciplines. CAVS offers an art-based platform for collaborations between artists, scientists, and technologists.
The School of Architecture and Planning builds on pioneering traditions. The first university instruction in architecture in the United States began at MIT in 1865. The program in city planning, established in 1933, was the second in the country. The presence of architecture and urban studies and planning in the same school reflects a deeply held conviction that the two disciplines, sharing a common intellectual tradition, provide mutually illuminating and critical perspectives on each other.
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