We're interested in the role and design of productive urban spaces.


The city is filled with workplaces: sidewalks, transit hubs, street corners, and the bellies of flyovers all become sites of exchange, value creation and livelihood generation--what we call productive urban spaces.  

MIT CREATE is a team of researchers and practitioners researching, understanding, and designing for the future of these productive urban spaces. Combining research and action, we are reimagining the methodologies and related tools that can be used to capture the complexities of informal spatial practices. We collect data, build urban intelligence, and work with communities to develop real, collaborative design solutions.