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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the center’s website at
For more updates about the department, check out http://dusp.mit.edu.