UD:ID is a medium through which students at Harvard's Graduate School of Design (GSD), beginning with Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD) candidates, can have open conversations about the discipline and practice of Urban Design. The blog is meant to both record and generate disciplinary knowledge as it is perceived by the students. The formation of this knowledge is an intangible process. It is comprised, among other things, of past and present experiences, personal interactions, and independent thinking. The blog intends to make this process visible, public, and thus emphasize its collective character.   

While the collective conversation around urban design is featured quite prominently with the core curriculum of our first semester, it tends to quickly recede in the following terms as we disperse across a multitude of classes. This blog allows us to continue conversing and to share new and old knowledge as we acquire it across all cohorts. The blog will be as successful as our level of engagement with it. As such we ask the following:

SHARE any thoughts, projects, or questions which you have in a post no longer than 500 words.  Entries can be an original thought or your take on an existing project. What matters most is your opinions and thoughts framed within the larger discourse of urban design.

RESPOND to posts and participate in conversation. In some cases, we will also ask faculty, and professionals from the GSD and outside of it, to respond.

As an MAUD student, you are asked to publish one entry per semester. This entry can be a project you studied about, a project you worked on, an experience from your studio trip, a question you have to a faculty member or a thought you’d like to share. As classes come and go at the GSD, this blog will serve as evidence of our time here, professionally, socially, and intellectually.

The blog is not limited to current students only but begins with us. As we generate content, we can share it with graduates of the program and expand its reach. By this, our collective disciplinary learning won’t be determined by the length of our program, but rather by our participation in forming it.