29 February 2008

MIT's Regeneration Research Agenda ~ Vision?!

In an article entitled Colleges Teach 'Urban Development 101', the Wall Street Journal writes about Penn and other universities integrating campus & surrounding community design & development towards a larger regeneration agenda. Curiously, as I wrote in an Xconomy post entitled How Kendall Square Became Hip: MIT Pioneered University-Linked Business Parks, MIT was one of the first near-neighborhood regenerators, but we haven't leveraged these efforts in any coherent way beyond patchwork investments, nor has this been woven at MIT into a larger curriculum -- or, more importantly, a regeneration research agenda -- embracing economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and overall societal vitality. We need a bold vision for what MIT 2020 could and should be like and an integrative strategy towards accomplishing this.

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