In This Building: Multimedia and place-based storytelling is a new half-semester course this fall in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Students will create multimedia portraits of residential buildings in Boston. Steve Wilmsen of the Boston Globe, Professor Phil Thompson of MIT, and I (Alexa Mills of CoLab) have come together to teach this course.
The class is every Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time from September 12th to October 24th.
Portions of the class will be available to the public in real time. Students will take their notes on a collaborative, open notepad. We’ll also have various public brainstorms on twitter and publish a weekly blog post detailing the class. Follow our blog feed and Twitter account, @MITCoLab, for more information on how you can participate. Download the latest version of the course syllabus, which is an evolving document.
Are you a student planning to take the class for credit? We can’t wait to meet you this Thursday. Please fill out this quick survey in advance of the class so that we can start getting to know you.
Stories and features online:
• Cizek, Katerina. Highrise / Out My Window. National Film Board of Canada. 2011.
• Dawson, Brian and Michael Kolomatsky, Stacy Abramson, Alicia DeSantis, Beatrice de Gea. Beyond the Stoop. The New York Times. 2010.
• Irons, Meghan E. and Akilah Johnson, Maria Cramer, Jenna Russell,and Andrew Ryan. Ed. Steven Wilmsen. 68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope in Boston’s Most Troubled Neighborhood. The Boston Globe. 2013. * Read all five articles, watch videos, and view all media features included in sidebar on the right side of webpage
One place, many voices:
• Tichy, Jan. Project Cabrini Green. Chicago. 2011.
Books to get from the library:
(All materials are on course reserve at MIT Libraries under 11.S948)
• Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. Vintage Books: A Division of Random House, Inc. New York. 1989.
• DeCarava, Roy and Langston Hughes. The Sweet Flypaper of Life. Simon and Schuster, Inc. New York. 1955
• Forester, John. Planning in the Face of Power. Chapter seven, “Listening: The Social Policy of Everyday Life”. University of California Press. 1989.
• Frug, Gerald E. and David J. Barron. City bound: How states stifle urban innovation. Cornell University Press. Ithaca, New York. 2008.
• Marcus, Claire Cooper. House As a Mirror of Self: Exploring the Deeper Meaning of Home. Nicolas-Hays, Inc. 2006. Berwick, Maine.
• Jacobs, Allan B. Looking at Cities. Places. Volume 1, Number 4. pp. 28-37. 1984. *Added by Ezra Glenn on 9/20/13.
• Ossard, Claudie. Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain. Mirimax. 2001. *We will watch selections in class. You do not need to watch the entire film.
Feel welcome to contact the course instructors Alexa (firstname.lastname@example.org and @alexatimeaus), Steve (email@example.com and @swilmsen), and Phil (firstname.lastname@example.org and @jt71J) with questions and comments.