metro lab II - Shaping the Metropolitan Discipline


Prerequisites: None, but Metro Lab I is recommended for those without familiarity about the topic.

Load: 9 A.M. - 12 P.M. plus 1 P.M. - 4 P.M. on Jan. 17 -20 (Four six-hour sessions over one week. There is also an optional session on Jan. 16. Recommended to take with Metro Lab I, which lays the groundwork in the previous week. However, students with good familiarity with metropolitan issues may be permitted to take this section by itself. 

Time Outside Class: None Required


This course is one of two modules that can be taken together or separately. Metro Lab I will be offered in week 2 of IAP. Metro Lab II will be offered in week 3. 

According to UN projections, the world’s urban population will double in just one generation. By 2050, most global cities will have become large metropolitan areas. This massive growth needs to be addressed in ways that will help us face the largest challenges of these times: resiliency and inequality in developing metro areas. This cannot  be achieved if cross-sector and cross-jurisdictional collaboration is not enhanced. 

In this section, we will discuss tools and approaches from a variety of disciplines that can be used to improve the way we deal with the rapid urbanization processes at a metro scale.  Participants will examine models and possible alternatives to generate more organized metro areas and better manage existing ones. We will also develop skills for multiparty negotiation, explore new tools for metropolitan planning, and practice the Metropolitan architecture approach to enhance identity and citizenship at a metropolitan scale. Students can expect to gain a better understanding of actual programs and institutions devoted to metropolitan cooperation. 

The student group will include undergraduates, graduates and practitioners focusing on public policy, urban management, urban planning, urban design, international development, transportation, housing, water and sanitation, waste management, sustainability, and climate change. 

A group of top practitioners from institutions such as The World Bank and UN Habitat will bring their experience and share their knowledge.

Metro Lab site: http://dusp.mit.edu/idg/project/metro-lab