Re-imagining our urban landscape is about more than buildings. It takes bold thinking and a willingness to put big ideas into action.
What will tomorrow’s cities look like? Will they have more green space and green buildings? Will there be health care for all? Will our urban waterways be clean enough to swim in? Will neighborhoods support the type of cultural and multigenerational diversity that makes city life so vibrant?
These are some of the complex questions today’s cities face as we look to a future when more than half the world’s population will live in urban areas. Now more than ever, we need not only a deep understanding of what makes cities tick, but also the type of innovative thinking that will help metropolises run more efficiently for future generations.
Northeastern students and faculty get that. The University’s urban location, experiential approach, and unwavering commitment to its neighboring communities give rise to unmatched opportunities for rethinking urban life. Discover some of the ways our students are collaborating in course work, grassroots campaigns, and research to take 21st-century city life to new heights.
The ’60s, the decade best known for peace, love, and the start of the civil rights movement, also marked a less-than-positive period in urban renewal. It’s the period that inspired associate professor Peter Wiederspahn’s “1960s Urbanism” studio class, where students examine the not-so-distant past to find ways of revitalizing neighborhoods overtaken by cement sprawl and behemoth concrete slab buildings.