We have a number of ways to engage with MIT CREATE this spring.
1- NEW COURSE
This spring we are thrilled to be collaborating with two MIT SPURS fellows, Dr Heba Khalil and Thabang Nare to develop and host a new course:
11.S965 Vibrant Marketplaces:
The Design, Use and Governance of Productive Public Spaces
Tuesdays, 10:00a to 12:30p; Room: 10-401
Dates: April 3 to May 18 (Half-semester course)
Hebaallah Essam E. Khalil (Egypt)
Heba is associate professors at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, has 16 years of academic and professional experience. She teaches and conducts research in community development, informal areas, urban climate and integrated urban systems with several publications and international research partnerships. She has also worked as an architect and urban planner with multi-scale agencies, authorities and clients. At MIT, she is seeking to build partnerships to create a new planning and design practice for Arab countries based in Cairo for sustainable urbanism.
Thabang Makwati Nare (Zimbabwe)
Nare is the executive director of the Bulawayo Projects Centre and a founding member of the Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association in Zimbabwe. He is currently working on projects to increase access to public spaces for small start-ups in the City of Bulawayo. At MIT, he is passionate about learning local economic development and informal entrepreneurship.
2 - OPEN MEETINGS
We started hosting open meetings where practitioners and researchers can share their work related to markets, informal micro and small-scale enterprise, and other related topics.
Our next open meeting will happen in April 2017 at MIT. If you are interested in joining or presenting your work, please fill in this google form.
3 - PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION
In April, Thabang will also join the MIT CREATE team as a professional affiliate as he seeks to develop a business model for a market infrastructure upgrade in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
[Blog to come! Stay tuned!]