Traditionally, decisions about design and planning have incorporated limited public input. This top-down process has been questioned at various times in the twentieth century through alternative participatory strategies. But the promise of participation has not been realized at a large scale. Now, at the beginning…
Michael Hooper, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, and his colleague Leonard Ortolano at Stanford have published results from their research on slum dweller mobilization in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Their recent paper, in the journal Environment and Urbanization, examines factors motivating slum dweller participation in physically and politically risky social movement activities. The research looked at grassroots mobilization around a large-scale eviction in the city's Kurasini ward. The study's results suggest that the dynamics of participatory decision making are more complex than usually assumed by planners, policymakers and community organizers alike.
An article by Dan Weissman (MDesS '12) on his experiences in Haiti was published in Gobal Post. Since February 2011 he has been involved in a series of reconstruction projects that are a collaboration between the GSD, MIT’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and various NGOs, government agencies and corporate entities throughout the Port-au-Prince region. Over the course of six trips to the city, the team continues to engage in projects ranging from small architecture and urban design to macro-scale territorial planning, water and landscape management projects.
Professor in Residence in Art, Design, and the Public Domain Krzysztof Wodiczko, in collaboration with Julian Bonder (MDesS '96), has recently completed construction of the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France.
Michael Murphy (MArch ’11) and Alan Ricks (MArch ’10) of MASS Design Group named 2012 Contract Designers of the Year
Contract named Michael Murphy (MArch '11) and Alan Ricks (MArch '10) of MASS Design Group as the 2012 Designer of the Year. With design and healthcare projects in Rwanda and Haiti, MASS thinks big and executes. And it is on a trajectory to continue designing for dignity, to improve people’s lives through design, and to be a primary example for how designers can rethink their role in a world of increasingly global impact. A full report from Contract, including a number of MASS Design Group's projects and a glimpse into their philosophy in video is featured on their website.
Steven Landau (MArch '86) of Touch Graphics, Inc. developed the Talking Tactile Campus Model at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA.
Tye Farrow (MAUD 92) and Farrow Partnership Team selected for South African Ministry of Health Care Centre of Influence projects
Jury members from five continents have selected Farrow Partnership’s team as the winner in response to an open design brief, which called for a new type of health centre.