• A movement is afoot to extend SA+P's commitment to New Orleans still further by developing a Living Laboratory at MIT, designed for undergraduates from all five schools at the Institute.

    A movement is afoot to extend SA+P's commitment to New Orleans still further by developing a Living Laboratory at MIT, designed for undergraduates from all five schools at the Institute.

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A movement is afoot to extend SA+P's commitment to New Orleans still further by developing a Living Laboratory at MIT, designed for undergraduates from all five schools at the Institute.

SA+P’s sustained commitment seeks to extend still further


In the years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning in MIT's School of Architecture + Planning has been, and continues to be, one of the nation’s most active urban planning departments on the scene, and one of the most effective. While many schools have devoted time and effort to reconstruction, MIT’s contribution has been especially distinguished by its focus on empowering local communities.

Through involvement with studios, theses, practica, projects, research and advocacy, our students, faculty and alumni have provided assistance to community organizations, city departments and neighborhoods with challenges ranging from economic development to housing to environmental justice and more. Several students have written masters theses focused on the region and student proposals for specific revitalization projects have won development grants for community organizations that range from $15,000 to $1.2 million.

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Topics: Community, Faculty, Gulf of Mexico, Hurricanes, Staff, Students, Urban studies and planning

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