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Urban improvement plans boosted by MIT and AIA collaboration

27 February 2013 No Comment

A collaboration between the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Advanced Urbanism has been launched to ‘improve the health of urban communities’, contract archdaily.com reports.

The partnership should enable MIT’s research to be applied and developed in the professional world, as both parties seek ways to modernise urban environments so that they can adequately address population and pollution increases.

The ‘liveability’ of mega-cities

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In particular, the work will focus on the initial design of urban environments to allow optimum efficiency in relation to economic, social and health challenges. This ‘liveability’ of a city is especially pertinent given the incredible growth rate of so-called mega-cities, which accommodate populations of 20 million plus. By 2050, it is predicted that some 70 per cent of the world’s people will live in such environments.

Improving the health of urban communities

MIT’s research is said to examine ‘methods and projects that integrate the myriad elements that compose a city’. This encompasses everything from politics and real estate to architecture and ecology. No doubt researchers will also take a close look at sustainable construction, too.

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AIA chief executive, Robert Ivy, commented on the collaboration via contractdesign.com:

“The MIT Center for Advance Urbanism commitment brings immediate focus, energy and stricture to our decade-long effort. With the intellectual resources and recognition that the center brings, we can tap the tremendous talent of our professionals to address these public health challenges.”

Author: Elizabeth Smythe    Date Written: 27 February 2013

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