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CompactCities : analyzing the urban spatial structure in cities with growth restrictions
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
A compact city form is one that espouses high intensity development within a restrictive geographic area. Its perceived benefits include (a) saving agricultural land (b) inducing shorter commute trips, thus less consumption ...
Material worlds : [de]constructing the ethos of concrete in Mumbai
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
What can a building material tell us about a city? As the most widely used structural building material in the world, reinforced cement concrete shapes the urban form of several of our largest megacities Sao Paulo, Cairo, ...
The evolution of Al-Azhar Street, Al-Qahira, Egypt
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
The historic quarter of Cairo, al-Qahira, is going through a period intense transformation that is threatening the physical environment as well as the social and economic fabric of the city. The transformations taking place ...
Synthetic ecology : revisiting Mexico City's lakes project
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
Mexico City was founded 700 years ago on man made islets in the middle of a lake. Today, it faces a contradictory situation were water is running scarce, but simultaneously the city runs the risk of drowning in its own ...
Work 'n' play in the informational city : F2F interaction and emerging work and leisure patterns
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
The death of distance does not equal the death of cities and of urban life. Cities are transforming their roles and functions in reaction to a major technological shift --from post-industrial to informational. And contrary ...
The city design and the new Urban Revolution : conceptualizing catalytic, sustainable development in Mexico's second tier
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
What is the present role of technical change - particularly change in integrated Information-Communication Technology (ICT) - in facilitating sustainable urbanism in the developing world? Technological advancements are ...
Civitas Peregrina : abject space in early immigrant Toronto
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
The literature on early planning history tends to document the 'progress' made at the turn of twentieth century through the scientific study and rationalization of urban space. Through a detailed study of two areas in early ...
Shrinking gracefully : looking for effective planning and design approaches for small town America
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
The term "shrinking" is often considered a death sentence for Small Town America. Public officials, planners and residents often try to "solve" the condition of shrinking, applying the same tool kit used for growth, with ...
The application of information and incentives as tools to promote green affordable housing development
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
(cont.) developers to produce more green affordable housing.
Historicizing the landscape : recovering the aesthetics of the Alhambra
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
The thesis explores the conception and evolution of the Alhambra as a monument during the 19th and 20th centuries. The contemporary monument encompasses a vast landscape complex saturated by nine hundred years of continuous ...