Many education opportunities are created by and available through MIT CREATE. These include MIT Courses, Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP), Independent Studies, and more.


MIT Courses

11.345J - Entrepreneurship in the Built Environment

Teaching Team: John Kennedy

This course develops skills necessary to incubate concepts into new products and services in the built environment, and to evolve those ideas into viable startup ventures. It further explores the role of entrepreneurs in developing/emerging markets, with a focus on solving social development challenges, innovating new development strategies and products, all within the built and human environment.

11.S938 - Vibrant Marketplaces: The Design, Use and Governance of Productive Public Spaces

Teaching Team: John Kennedy, Kate Mytty, Hebaallah Essameldin Khalil, Thabang Makwati Nare

This course explores vibrant marketplaces in urban areas, with a special focus on urban markets in Durban, South Africa; Cairo, Egypt; Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; and Singapore. It responds to the call for inclusive cities, such as put forth by Habitat III, and extends that call into practical exploration of marketplaces. 

11.S945 - Prototyping for Informal Urban Markets: Methodologies for Understanding and Responding to Livelihood Generation in Public Spaces

Teaching Team: John Kennedy, Kate Mytty

This course explores and responds to the need for contextualized methodologies of research and responsive design and policy. We seek to encourage students to envision an alternate public space design that is democratic and responsive to the needs of informatl markets. Through the course, students develop mechanisms to engage local stakeholders in the process for prototyping the design of physical spaces and amenities.

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Independent Studies

Testing Methodologies to Describe and Understand Informal Markets

Rida Qadri, MIT PhD Student

Rida's independent study aimed to develop methodologies examining two questions: 

-How does exchange happen beyond formal retail in Boston?

-Are there methods other than the traditional ethnographic approach that help us capture the social, spatial and temporal dynamics of this exchange?

Public Space Co-design Methodologies for an Informal Settlement in Cape Town, South Africa

Josh Morrison, MIT MCP 2019

Josh and his team at Fundament Design have been working with Cape Town-based organization Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrades (VPUU) and a group of local residents of an informal settlement to convert a dumpsite into a public space. Through the independent study, Josh continued his work in Cape Town through a series of design workshops with his resident leadership team with the goal of developing a strategy for engaging the resident team in co-designing the space. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP)

Categorizing the Long Tail of Small Commercial Spaces in Boston

Grace Chuan, MIT Class of 2021

During IAP 2018, Grace sought to gather information related to the "long tail" of commercial sites. She researched information related to food trucks, street vendors and other sites that offered businesss a smaller space to operate from. This resulted in the beginning of typology to classify smaller-scale commercial sites and understand their history in Boston and, more broadly, the US.