Unitopia was my final project for US-WORLD 29 “Designing the American City: Civic Aspirations and Urban Form,” a course I took at Harvard which examined the history of urban spaces in America and how the those spaces evolved with the needs and dreams of its inhabitants. For my final project, I wanted to apply those analytical tools to dig into the phenomenon of college towns, in particular, the city around Harvard/MIT, which I saw as one of the most extreme examples of influential institutions working in tandem with local residents.

In Unitopia, I combine publicly available civic property data with a researched history of the area to tell the story of how Cambridge, MA grew with its nexus of higher education, making observations of interesting patterns, connecting them with historical causes, and speculating about what they mean for future trends.