Eran Ben-Joseph: DUSP’s Newest Department Head


In January, Professor Eran Ben-Joseph took over as the head of MIT’s

Department of Urban Studies and Planning, succeeding Amy Glasmeier who

is stepping down after four years in the post to focus on teaching and



A professor of landscape architecture and planning, and most recently

head of the Joint Program in City Design and Development in the School

of Architecture + Planning, Ben-Joseph brings extensive experience as

a city planner, urban designer and landscape architect in Europe,

Asia, the Middle East and the United States. He has led

multi-disciplinary projects in Singapore, Barcelona, Santiago, Tokyo

and Washington D.C.


He is the author of numerous articles, monographs and book chapters

and has authored or co-authored five books including “Streets and the

Shaping of Towns and Cities,” “The Code of the City,” “RENEW Town” and

“Regulating Place.” His most recent book, “ReThinking a Lot,”

exploring the history and potential future of the parking lot, was

enthusiastically received by the New York Times, the Wall Street

Journal, Slate, NPR and the BBC, among many others.


He is the recipient of the Wade Award for his work on Representation

of Places — a collaborative project with the Media Lab — and the Milka

Bliznakov Prize for his historical work on Pioneering Women of

Landscape Architecture. His current research focuses on the role of

the built environment in the travel behavior of older adults, as well

as its role in causing and/or exacerbating obesity, and the

development of a model for community and housing design that strives

for zero net energy, carbon neutrality and reduced ecological impacts.


Introducing the Center for Advanced Urbanism: Creating New Models for

21st Century Cities


This spring, the MIT School of Architecture + Planning is launching a

major new research center focused on the planning, design,

construction, and retrofitting of urban environments for the 21st



Under the leadership of center director Alexander D’Hooghe and

research director Alan Berger – professors of architecture and of

urban design and landscape architecture, respectively – the Center for

Advanced Urbanism will coordinate collaborations among existing

efforts in SA+P and with other MIT groups, as well as undertaking new

projects at the Institute and with sponsors in practice.


The creation of this new enterprise is driven by dramatic and ongoing

changes in global urbanization.  To develop better models for urban

growth, the Center for Advanced Urbanism will undertake research to

reassess established design and planning conventions, to embrace the

latest technologies in the creation of city form and function and to

integrate disparate realms of knowledge in the service of large-scale

design and planning.  To the greatest extent possible, the center will

translate its research into built form on real-world projects through

direct collaboration with sponsors in practice.


For additional information, please contact Prudence Robinson,

Assistant Director, at, or visit the center’s website at


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