Changing Cities: 75 Years Of Planning Better Futures at MIT

Never simply a matter of physical form-making, planning is now thoroughly integrated with a larger study of the social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of urban life. Changing Cities is both a description of the urbanization that has occurred, and a call to action.

Rooted in land-use planning traditions, in its 75 years the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning has pioneered new ways to analyze and enhance the physical form of cities, embraced the social sciences, expanded into studies of comparative planning and development practice around the world, and developed novel ways to negotiate effective action, nurture supportive technologies, and encourage reflective practice.

Curated by Lawrence Vale, with the assistance of Gabrielle Bendiner, and Gary Van Zante