Public participation in designing the contemporary city

This year, student from the Interactive Media program in the College of Arts, Media and Design, under the direction of Terrence Masson, worked on solving a vexing problem facing architects, urban designer, public officials, and citizens: how do we design in cities with multiple stakeholders?

School of Architecture Director George Thrush has asked this question in conferences held at the University both in Boston and Berlin, and this year assembled a team that included the international design firm SASAKI and worked with Masson’s group to develop an iPad planning tool called ARC. The tool facilitates communication among stakeholders, and ensures that their input is both fact-based, and relevant. The feedback is then stored on a website and can include a far broader public in a much more rational debate. The team plans to continue development of the tool and ultimately make it available to area municipalities and developers.


Video by Craig LaPlante