It is hard to imagine the world we live in will become radically different over the next 25 to 75 years. All narratives about technology aside (automated vehicles, anti-aging organ transplants, etc.), the planet we rely on to support the way we live is itself going to be different and those changes are already taking place. This isn’t based on a projection alone — it is a conclusion that can be drawn from current data. We now have almost twice as much carbon dioxide in our atmosphere than we have had for more than 400,000 years. No matter what we do about carbon levels over the coming decades, the consequences are unstoppable and that includes rising sea levels which are expected to increase exponentially.
Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Better Affordable Housing Solutions
James R. Boyce Affordable Housing Competition Studio
In recent years, CED has increased its emphasis on interdisciplinary studios. These types of studios benefit students in multiple ways, exposing them to perspectives and issues outside their main discipline, helping develop collaboration skills, and often, most importantly, allowing them a glimpse into the real-world experience beyond the doors of Wurster Hall.
This fall marks the inauguration of CED’s new Masters in Real Estate Development + Design (MRED+D), an 11-month interdisciplinary degree program incorporating finance and cutting-edge design to prepare real estate development professionals to build sustainable, equitable, and prosperous cities.
On August 12, 2018 the much-anticipated Transbay Transit Center opened to the public. Walking through the lower floors, it is clear that the project is far from complete. Planned commuter train and high-speed rail service is at least a decade away, and the 100,000 square feet of retail space won’t see its first store opening until next year. But ride one of the elevators up to the 5th-floor roof and the landscape that greets you will take your breath away.
From finance to design, the choices we make about what, where, and how to build our physical environment influence urban sustainability, equity, and resilience — today and for years to come. Our rapidly urbanizing world faces major challenges, ranging from climate change to social inequality. We need real estate professionals who have a deep knowledge of how development can bring positive benefits to society and the environment, and who understand the power of design to make cities efficient, livable, distinctive, and valued.