Harvard University
Cities Studied

Berlin, Boston, Istanbul, Moscow, Mumbai,

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS

Eve Blau
Department of Urban Planning and Design
Graduate School of Design

Julie Buckler
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

PROJECT MANAGER

Reconceptualizing the Urban is working to establish vigorous, interdisciplinary, and coordinated study of urban environments across Harvard University.  Our research portals in Boston, Berlin, Moscow, Istanbul, and Mumbai sponsor student and faculty research travel, local collaborations, courses, publications, and exhibitions to explore how many disciplines study the city.

"Mapping Cultural Space" exhibition and colloquium, 2015. Photo courtesy of Harvard University. 

Sample Projects

Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative Projects 

Living with Water Competition Proposals
Mapping Demographic Change in Boston Neighborhoods between 1880 and 1930
Understanding and Improving Cities: Policy/Research Partnerships in the Digital Age
Berlin Fieldwork
Istanbul Fieldwork
Istanbul Student Work
Reconceptualizing the Urban – Berlin as Laboratory

 

 

Resources

Harvard Berlin Portal

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Harvard Berlin Portal

Institution:

Harvard University,

Category:

Syllabi

Locations:

Berlin,

Working together with Berlin-based scholars and practitioners, the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative develops projects that focus on: the interdependence of formal and informal planning practices; the relationship between gentrification and historic preservation; nature and agriculture in the city; the urban imprint of cross-border mobility and migration; infrastructure and urban organizational systems; and innovation in the post-industrial and post-socialist city.

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Harvard Boston Portal

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Harvard Boston Portal

Institution:

Harvard University,

Category:

Syllabi

Locations:

Boston,

Through the lens of “Growth and Inequality in a Post-Industrial City,” Harvard work focuses on a central challenge facing Boston (and many other major American cities and metropolitan areas): balancing the pressure and need for continued development with legitimate concerns about how that growth can dramatically reshape poor and even middle-income neighborhoods, including many communities that are home to large numbers of minorities, immigrants, and artists.

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Harvard Mumbai Portal

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Harvard Mumbai Portal

Institution:

Harvard University,

Category:

Syllabi

Locations:

Mumbai,

Harvard’s Mumbai portal explores how increasing concentrations of global flows have exacerbated the inequalities and spatial divisions of social classes in this city. Seminars and workshops cover: temporality and urban form; metropolitan imaginations and the city; conservation; environmentalism; sanitation; and the question of the public’s role in activism, advocacy and governance.

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Living With Water Competition Proposals

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Living With Water Competition Proposals

Institution:

Harvard University,

Locations:

Boston,

Program participants submitted proposals that outline how Boston should prepare for a future in which rising sea levels brought on by climate change would leave parts of the city under water.

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Mapping Demographic Change in Boston Neighborhoods Between 1880 and 1930

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Mapping Demographic Change in Boston Neighborhoods Between 1880 and 1930

Institution:

Harvard University,

Locations:

Boston,

This resource allows users to visualize ward-level data on ethnicity, race, occupation, and school attendance in 1880, 1900, and 1930, which illustrate a variety of shifts that have occurred in Boston.

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Understanding and Improving Cities: Policy/Research Partnerships in the Digital Age

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Understanding and Improving Cities: Policy/Research Partnerships in the Digital Age

Institution:

Harvard University,

Locations:

Boston,

This event brought together civic leaders, scholars, local practitioners, and students to discuss innovative research and policy collaborations in areas of education, public safety, economic development, and public management.

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