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2020 LCAU Seed Grants Explore Equitable Resilience

The 2020 LCAU Seed Grant has been awarded to three interdisciplinary teams from the School of Architecture and Planning for their research tackling issues of equity and resilience in urban planning and design. The teams will be exploring cultural resilience in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, cooperative land ownership in manufactured housing communities in the U.S., and the communication of climate change within the space of the city through a ceremonial urban performance in East Boston.

More details on the projects may be found at the links below:

Cultural Resilience: Experiments in Performative Preservation, Associate Professor Azra Aksamija, MIT ARCH, Director, Future Heritage Lab; Melina Philippou, Programming Director, Future Heritage Lab; Natalie Bellefleur, Lead Design Researcher, Future Heritage Lab; Lillian Kology, Lead Artistic Researcher, Future Heritage Lab; Jonathan Kongoletos, MIT ARCH, Building Technology; Norwegian Refugee Council, Jordan; NRC Tailoring Unit, Zaatari Camp.

Manufacturing Security: Cooperative Land Ownership, Climate Change Vulnerability, and Equitable Resilience in Manufactured Housing Communities, Zachary Lamb, MIT DUSP; Linda Shi, Dept. City and Regional Planning, Cornell University; Lawrence Vale, MIT DUSP; Paul Bradley, Executive Director, Resident Owned Communities.

The Eastie Procession, Associate Professor, Rania Ghosn, and Assistant Professor Catherine D’Ignazio

Image: T-Serai Prototype at MIT [Credit: Dino Rowan].