Wednesdays: September 6 December 6, 2017

6 to 8 p.m.
West Village F, Room 20

Free and Open to the Public

Current City of Boston governmental policies are contributing to transforming our region of changing demographics, new economic realities, and varying expectations of social justice. What are these new policies and how will they likely impact Boston’s quality of life in 2030? Who is setting these policies? How are diverse communities engaged in this process, and what are the metrics of success? What has been learned and changed over the past few years, and how do Washington’s new urban priorities affect city and regional policy-making?

The Fall semester Open Classroom will bring together public officials, Northeastern faculty and students, and Boston community stakeholders to discuss affordable housing, gentrification, and homelessness; land use planning; public safety; economic mobility and disparities; transportation; cultural planning; changing demographics and immigration; public education; public health; and innovation and technology.

Classes begin on Wednesday, September 6, with a discussion of Imagine Boston 2030, the city’s recently unveiled planning process. The course will be facilitated by Distinguished Professor and Dukakis Center Director, Dr. Ted Landsmark, who also sits on the Board of the Boston Planning and Development Agency.


About Dr. Ted Landsmark

Theodore C. Landsmark, a higher education visionary and public policy expert, joined Northeastern April 1, 2017, bringing with him an outstanding record as an activist educator focused on urban design and diverse cultures.

He is President Emeritus of the Boston Architectural College, where he worked from 1997 to 2014, and he has also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs of the American College of the Building Arts, in Charleston, S.C. He has served as a trustee or board member for several organizations, including the Boston Planning and Development Agency, Design Futures Council, American Architectural Foundation, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Landsmark is past president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He has been named among the Most Respected Design Educators in the United States. Holding a Ph.D. in American and New England Studies from Boston University and J.D., Masters and B.A. degrees from Yale University, Landsmark has established himself as an innovative leader with a passion for public service. Learn more.


Course Credit

Undergraduate students: PPUA 4225 and PPUA 4226

Graduate students: PPUA 7225 and PPUA 7226