Crossroads

2022

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Crossroads is an exploration into the role micro organizations (1-10 people) that leverage design play within the greater urbanism field. At large, this research serves to build synergies between creative practitioners within or adjacent to the urbanism field, while providing insights and resources both from a philosophical and operational perspective.

The research aims to think expansively about the definition of what design means, mainly conceptualizing design as a way of thinking and process. Using a case study approach, the investigation brings together the voices of six micro organizations based in the United States including BlackSpace Urbanist Collective, JIMA Studio, Broad Community Connections, Design Studio for Social Intervention, Civic Studio, and Hector Design. Each conversation dives into the nuance of each organization’s foundations, process, and vision for the future. In understanding each group’s internal organizational practices, we begin to uncover the possibilities and challenges of practicing at this scale. At large, the findings lead me to believe that such organizations serve as the instigators and experimenters within the greater urbanism ecosystem.

This research is developed by Mel Isidor, in pursuit of her degree of Master in City Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and will be published via the institute upon completion in September 2022. At large, her research seeks to contribute robust thought leadership to the academy while presenting the information in an accessible format that is legible for diverse audiences.

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Status
2022-Ongoing
Location
United States
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Team
Mel Isidor (researcher)
Holly Harriel, DUSP, MIT (Advisor)
Darien Alexander Williams, DUSP, MIT (Reader)
Affiliation
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
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