About

This website is the online presence of the DUSP-DUyOT parallel workshop about Sustainable and Equitable Neighborhood Revitalization, organized between the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Departamento de Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio (DUyOT), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Goal

Within the strategy of internationalization of knowledge, it is important to understand how similar problems are addressed from different perspectives, through the learning of different methodologies, legal regulations, and cultural traditions to solve similar problems. This perspective goes beyond counting the number of international students enrolled in schools, but provides an important ground to the increasing mobility of students and researchers experienced in recent years.

Objectives

○     To promote the exchange of knowledge about the strategies and methodologies applied in the revitalization of distressed neighborhoods in Boston and Madrid, through the lens of sustainability and equity.

○     To create a learning community among students of the Master of Urban Planning from the School of Architecture at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and students of the Master in City Planning at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.

○     To facilitate the creation of relationships between researchers from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and MIT.

○     To contribute to increasing the knowledge about the culture and working styles in the two countries.

Development

The collaboration project consists of the development of a parallel workshop between urban planning graduate students from DUyOT-UPM and DUSP-MIT. Students will work on the revitalization of a neighborhood in their city –Fields Corner, Dorchester, Boston, for DUSP students and Ciudad de Los Ángeles, Madrid, for DUyOT students. In both cases, students will work as a team to develop a professional report for a real client.

In order to enhance the exchange of information and methodologies, students will connect several times along the course of the semester, so that both courses will function as “mirror workshops”.  There will be four virtual meetings, with the following objectives:

  1.  INITIAL SESSION. Presentation of the project, the students, and faculty involved in it.
  2. ANALYSIS SESSION. Presentation of the analysis of the neighborhood and the principal issues to be tackled. Discussion of methodologies used.
  3. MIDTERM SESSION. Presentation of preliminary proposals and critique session. Debate on the proposed solutions.
  4. FINAL SESSION. Presentation of the final proposal and closing of the workshop

Academic Coordination

-    Patricia Molina Costa, Fulbright Fellow, Research Affiliate at MIT-CoLab, and Co-Instructor of the GreenHouse Studio, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT; PhD candidate at the Departamento de Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio de la Escuela de Arquitectura- UPM.

-    James M. Buckley, Lecturer at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT.

-    Ester Higueras García, Professor at thel Departamento de Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio de la Escuela de Arquitectura, UPM.

 Coordination Support

-     Lina Arias Vega, Education Advisor, Spanish Ministry of Education. Department of Education. Real Colegio Complutense, Cambridge.

-     Alicia J. Goldstein, MIT-Spain Program Manager, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI).

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