• Students and scientists from the Universitat Polit��cnica de Catalunya (UPC) and MIT survey a map of the area by the Northern Canal Gatehouse, built in 1848 on the Merrimack River in Lowell, MA. Left to right: Professor Joaquin Sabat�, research scientist Pere Vall and graduate student Dani Catalayud of the UPC; Carlos Anglada, Office of Technical Cooperation, Diputaci������ de Barcelona; MIT architecture graduate student T. Luke Young; Angel Miralda, a volunteer who grew up in a textile mill community (col������nia) in Catalunya; MIT Professor of Urban Cultural Policy J. Mark Schuster; and MIT Professor of the Practice of Urban Design Dennis Frenchman.

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MIT, Barcelona university collaborate on development study


Faculty and students at MIT and the Universitat Polit��cnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain are involved in a collaborative research project called "The Cultural Landscape and Regional Development," which is investigating how cultural heritage resources are being approached by planners and development specialists in Europe and North America.

A group from MIT and UPC recently toured the Lowell National Historical Park as part of a series of site visits to locations in New England where cultural resources, particularly relating to industrial heritage, are being used as part of a regional economic development strategy.

Supported through the MIT/Generalitat of Catalunya Education Collaboration, a four-year program that has funded collaborative research between MIT and various Catalan universities, the project will conclude with a community-based charrette in January 2000, when the lessons of the research will be applied to the textile mill communities (col������nias) of the Llobregat River Valley in Catalunya.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 25, 1999.


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