May 22, 2021 to Nov 21, 2021
Biennale Architettura 2021  

In the next three decades, up to 150 million people are projected to relocate due to natural and social hazards accelerated by climate change. “Living together” will often mean “moving together.” The world has witnessed desperate migrations, forced displacements, and failed resettlement plans. These processes of moving together are often unplanned, unfair, uncompensated, and reactive. In response, we ask: How can we move together?

Apr 15, 2020 - 6:00 PM
Long Lounge  

Alejandro Echeverri, Cofounder, Director, URBAM, EAFIT University
with Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT

Wednesday, April 15th
Long Lounge 7-429


Jun 11, 2019 to Jun 12, 2019

Equitable Resilience brings together research on urban design in the context of environmental stresses with research on the social distribution of those stresses and responses. Research on Equitable Resilience makes an important contribution to the study of Sustainable Urban Systems (SUS). In June 2019, MIT’s Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism (LCAU) hosted a workshop on four convergent and issue-oriented themes to integrate resilience and equity in metropolitan planning and design.

Apr 18, 2019 to May 24, 2019
Gallery 9  

The Resilience Districts Boston exhibition introduces a new zoning tool called Resilience Districts for adapting the Greater Boston Area to climate change. Resilience Districts serve as a governance structure for mitigating and pooling systemic risks, capturing agglomeration benefits, and providing a potential framework for metropolitan resettlement.

Sep 28, 2018

For the next few years, coastal communities will be on their own to plan for and adapt to climate change. This is the time for new, bold thinking about how to plan, design, and finance the coastal cities of the future. This is the time to develop a blueprint for adaptation along the U.S. coast.

Jun 11, 2018

Solving the affordable housing crisis requires new ways of thinking. Through collaboration and innovation, we can make housing safer, more accessible, and affordable. On June 11, Fannie Mae and the Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT will convene faculty, industry leaders, and policy-makers to discuss disruptive technologies and innovative policy solutions. While many of the examples will focus on the issues faced here in Boston, insights will have broad applicability to many cities across the U.S.

May 3, 2018 to Sep 14, 2018
Okawa Lobby, MIT Media Lab  

In its third biennial theme, "Housing+", the MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism explores this global phenomenon through the lens of multi-scalar design. The “+” acts as a harbinger of innovative responses to the challenge of affordable housing design that confront conventional associations and commentaries.

May 3, 2018 to May 4, 2018

The provision of housing is a global challenge with an urgent need for innovation. Attempts at comprehensive, scalable housing solutions have been ongoing by governments, private enterprises, and non-governmental organizations alike. Even though there are examples of progress made in the fields of social science, policy, and humanities, it continues to be a concern. Only recently has formal design been used as a lever for tackling housing affordability, whether at the scale of the house, neighborhood or city.

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Building 9-255 (City A...  

What is the future of global suburbia? The Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT (LCAU) has collaborated with a network of artists, researchers, theorists, faculty, and students to examine emergent trends of suburban design and development around the world. Infinite Suburbia (Princeton Architectural Press, Oct.

Dec 6, 2013 to Dec 5, 2014
Okawa Lobby, MIT Media Lab  

The Center for Advanced Urbanism participated in the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, in Shenzhen. The CAU's exhibit entitled "Infrastructural Objects as Enablers of Cultural Change", presented a hypothesis in regards to the diffusion of industrial structures into society at large. Through a process of embedding and re-appropriating, buildings instill new values, forms and symbols into an otherwise conformist urban order.

May 29, 2014 to Aug 24, 2014
Kunsthal, Rotterdam  

“To resolve the world’s ecological problems, we first have to work on the problems facing our cities.” This observation by landscape architect Dirk Sijmons is the premise of the sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam: IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– and it earned him the curatorship of this edition. A major exhibition, URBAN BY NATURE– will guide visitors through the contemporary urban landscape to experience the metabolism of the city. For the first time in its history, the now sustainable Kunsthal will be used in its entirety for a single exhibition.

Mar 4, 2017 to Aug 27, 2017
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library  

The CAU's Resiliency District research is currently on display at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. Several mappings project resilience plans for future Boston - showcased in Looking to the Future.

Mar 10, 2016 to Apr 1, 2016
MIT Keller Gallery  

Cities today are the cumulative product of codes and standards that have directed how people use, construct, and shape their environments. By extrapolating the legends of land use maps, this timeline seeks to expose how landmark codes and ordinances have shaped the North American landscape. The legend in isolation, free from its associations, reveal the the often reductive, scientific rationality of the code in contrast to the fluid networks of landscapes and communities. 

Mar 31, 2016 to Apr 1, 2016

We are living in a global suburban age. Modern suburban development has endured in our cultural imagination for almost a century.  While statistics demonstrate that the amount of the world population in metropolitan areas is rapidly increasing, rarely is it understood that the bulk of this growth occurs in the suburbanized peripheries of cities. Domestically, over 69% of all U.S. residents live in suburban areas; internationally, many other developed countries are predominately suburban, while many developing countries are rapidly suburbanizing as well.

Jan 25, 2016 to Apr 2, 2016
Okawa Lobby, MIT Media Lab  

The Future of Suburbia exhibition is a multimedia synthesis of multiple years of research that has involved students, faculty, and practitioners. Major goals of the work are to expose the nuance and complexity of the suburban condition through emerging trends, visually document suburbanization around the world, and produce four design frameworks for future suburban conditions.

Feb 23, 2015 - 6:00 PM
Long Lounge (7-429)  

This lecture will be based on an ongoing design research titled Living/Working, which proposes to re-focus on housing as the key element for a large-scale transformation of the city. At the basis of this thesis lies the ambition to rethink the idea of housing as an apparatus where form, economy, and dwelling converge. The lecture will present recent proposals developed at Dogma for cities such as New York, Chicago, Helsinki, Brussels and for the Flemish region (Belgium).

Oct 20, 2014 - 6:00 PM
Long Lounge (7-429)  

The talk would look at the migration of people from expensive crowded and dense places to ones that are less so. It would look at the differences between regions and within them in terms of middle class jobs, income gaps by class and race. It would deal with how we need to confront class and inequality as a major issue for cities and regions. The preservation and expansion of the middle class families should be a key consideration. Where families locate, and middle class jobs go, are primary determinants in the future of regions and urban areas.

Sep 22, 2014 - 6:00 PM
Long Lounge (7-429)  

Constructed by powerful global corporations and speculative developers, offices were the last of the center city land uses to emerge in the suburbs after housing, manufacturing, and retail commerce. They emerged from the intersection of three forces: the structure of corporate management; decentralization of American cities; and the dominance of the pastoral aesthetic.  These forces convened to produce three interrelated suburban forms: the corporate campus, the corporate estate, and the office park.

Apr 07, 2014 - 6:00 PM
Long Lounge (7-429)  

THOM MAYNE has been a committed educator in architecture for over 40 years. His firm, Morphosis, is engaged in broader social, cultural, urban, political and ecological issues which he brings to his teaching.

Mar 31, 2014 - 6:00 PM
Long Lounge (7-429)  

Formerly Urban is an interdisciplinary exploration of strategies for shrinking cities – more specifically strategies for producing urbanity in places losing resident populations. Regardless of any disciplinary bias, it is clear that a shrinking city is not necessarily a dying city yet new strategies are needed to activate urban life. It is also clear that projective work in these contexts rely on the intersection of design, policy and finance…design to envision, policy to enable, and finance to pay.

Mar 10, 2014 - 6:00 PM
Long Lounge (7-429)  

The ideal of the Garden City as posited by Howard may be understood as the range of the principal constituent elements of urbanism. Howard provides “The What” for a General Theory.

Feb 10, 2014 - 6:00 PM
Long Lounge (7-429)  

The lecture will describe WXY’s ongoing research on urban infrastructures. Through three recent projects that focus on resiliency, new options for mobility and the use of geospatial analysis to create more inclusive neighborhoods: a set of conditions emerge that argue for the necessity of understanding the latent potential of public infrastructure.

Apr 10, 2014 to Apr 11, 2014

The Spring 2014 Scaling Infrastructure conference is CAU’s second and final infrastructure conference of our biennial theme that will convene political leaders, infrastructural engineers, design professionals and academicians to discuss groundbreaking ideas on infrastructure. Faced with new economic, political, and environmental challenges, the question of appropriate infrastructural investments and design scales is critical to the future of urbanized territories.

Nov 4, 2013

On November 4th, an important conversation about future directions in design and research will occur around the theme of integrated infrastructure: "Interwoven Purposes: Elements of Intelligent Infrastructure". There has been considerable hype about infrastructures that serve several differing goals simultaneously. For instance, roadway surfaces that also absorb energy lost in the resistance between rubber and asphalt; or train stations that capture more broadly, connecting energy, transportation, and data. What are some of the recent concepts for such devices and forms?

Nov 18, 2013 - 6:00 PM
Long Lounge  

The lecture will present how my practice is rethinking participatory processes in urban planning and design through the showcase of two recent projects currently under implementation: the urban regeneration plans for the Itaipu Fishermen Village (Niterói, Brazil), and the "A Vitória é Certa" community (Cabinda, Angola). These projects rethink the responsbility of designers as the interface managers among the different stakeholders and players in participatory/collaborative planning and design processes.

Oct 21, 2013 - 6:00 PM
Long Lounge  

This lecture will examine the concept of pluralism in defining new forms of urban territories.

Sep 30, 2013 - 6:00 PM
Long Lounge  

Archipelago Town-lines: an app proposing a new urban growth model gleaned from an architect’s traveling notes

Three "archipelago-towns"—Berlin, Beirut, Venice—reveal their hidden urban geometry, their rites and culture, and the possible future of urban growth and de-growth.
A work by conrad-bercah, architect.

Between 2009 and 2011 the state-less architect conrad-bercah lived in three different symbolic cities—Berlin, Beirut, Venice—analyzing and studying their less evident urban and social qualities.

Sep 09, 2013 - 6:00 PM
Long Lounge  

A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation.

Apr 8, 2013 to Apr 9, 2013

Can a typical American city be transformed from a collection of fragments assembled regionally by interstate highways, to a more durable regional constitution, using targeted infrastructural investment projects? A positive answer would imply that it is possible to use infrastructure designs and investments to leverage results beyond the realm of transportation of goods or labor; in the realm of culture, public space, architecture and landscape form. This question frames the first conference of the Center for Advanced Urbanism.