2017.08.18. Posted by Lu Men

China’s massive investment in industrial parks has paid economic dividends while reshaping the urban areas where they are located, according to a newly published study co-authored by an MIT expert on urban economics.

The study finds the creation of industrial parks does not just add to growth within the areas designated for manufacturing; it significantly increases economic production and consumption of many kinds for more than a mile in all directions from the boundaries of industrial parks.

2017.06.14. Posted by Lu Men

On May 30, 2017, STL Lab organized a half-day workshop on urban studies with a group of Sino-US Fulbright Visiting Scholars in Boston. Twelve presentations were made on a large variety of topics spanning the diverse fields of urban economics, urban planning, urban culture, housing markets and policy, and urban environment. The presenters included four researchers from DUSP, CRE, and the STL Lab, seven Fulbright scholars, and a special guest from Clark University.

2017.06.01. Posted by Lu Men

MIT News

MIT Professor Siqi Zheng is the Samuel Tak Lee Associate Professor of Real Estate Development and Entrepreneurship within MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Center for Real Estate. She is also faculty director of the MIT Samuel Tak Lee Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab and author, with Matthew E. Kahn, of "Blue Skies over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China" (Princeton University Press, 2016). The book takes a microeconomic perspective on how pollution affects Chinese cities, and it recently won an honorable mention in the category of environmental science at the 2017 PROSE Awards, sponsored by the Association of American Publishers.

2017.06.01. Posted by Zhengzhen Tan

The STL Lab hosted three Edge Sessions at the 2017 World Real Estate Forum, held at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA. 

2017.05.31. Posted by Zhengzhen Tan

Reflecting on China’s real estate sector at a crossroad, Changfeng Ling, executive director of China Property, Hongkong Land, visited MIT on May 16, and delivered a talk for the China Talk Series hosted by the Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab.

2017.04.26. Posted by Zhengzhen Tan

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Michele Bonino and Filippo De Pieri, both associate professors of architectural and urban design at Politecnico di Torino, gave a lunch talk titled The Danweis of Beijing and the Notion of “Industrial Heritage” in Contemporary China. 

2017.04.20. Posted by Zhengzhen Tan

Karen Seto visited MIT on April 6, 2017, to give a talk jointly hosted by the STL Lab and the Environmental Policy and Planning Group (EPP) as part of the STL China Talk Series. Her talk was attended by approximately 35 students, faculty, and community members.

2017.04.20. Posted by Zhengzhen Tan

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Shenjing He, associate professor in Department of Urban Planning and Design at The University of Hong Kong, delivered her China Talk Series lecture on the definition, evolution, composition, implementation, and future development of the idea of the creative city. Prof. He spoke to an audience of approximately 30 students, faculty, professional practitioners, and guests.

2017.04.17. Posted by Zhengzhen Tan

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Henry Wai-chung Yeung, provost’s chair and professor of economic geography at the National University of Singapore, gave a lecture as part of the spring 2017 China Talk Series. He spoke about the economic development and state-firm relations in East Asia, focusing on the region's emerging role in the new global economy, which is based on his recent book, Strategic Coupling (Cornell University Press).

2017.04.04. Posted by Zhengzhen Tan

Professors David Geltner and Richard de Neufville will be going to China to share recent work developed with the support of the Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab (STL Lab). They will lead a series of one-day short courses discussing the dynamics of real estate development in China. Their work emphasizes how these dynamics in China differ from those in liberal market economies in North America and Europe, and suggests policies to avoid potential market failures or collapse. The courses will build upon the textbook they completed in March, Flexibility and Real Estate Valuation under Uncertainty: A Practical Guide for Developers.

2017.03.23. Posted by Zhengzhen Tan

After a rigorous application and interview process, the Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab (STL Lab) has selected six summer teaching fellows for the 2017 STL-MISTI China Summer Workshops.

"The STL lab is very excited to work with this strong cohort of teaching fellows on the syllabus, teaching, and program development," Zhengzhen Tan, assistant director for the lab, said. "With the diverse backgrounds of the teaching fellows, we will have a multi-disciplinary approach to the lab’s mission and curriculum."

2017.03.22. Posted by Zhengzhen Tan

By Max Budovitch, MCP Candidate, STL Fellow

The Independent Activities Period (IAP) over winter break provides MIT students with the opportunity to pursue projects related to their academic interests. The period lasts approximately two months, and many students pursue research or class work overseas.

2017.03.21. Posted by Zhengzhen Tan

China is currently the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world and contains several of the world's most polluted cities. In Blue Skies over Beijing (published by Princeton University Press), Dr. Siqi Zheng and Matthew E. Kahn (University of Southern California) look at life in Chinese cities and how residents of all classes deal with the stresses of pollution. 

2017.03.08. Posted by Lu Men

On February 21, 2017, Prof. Yubo Liu of South China University of Technology (SCUT) delivered the second lecture of the spring 2017 China Talk Series. He highlighted unique histories, aspects, challenges, and implications of the planning and social impacts of university campuses’ morphology in China. Prof. Liu is a visiting scholar at Harvard from the Department of Architecture at SCUT, where he serves as the dean. He delivered his talk to an audience of roughly 30 students, faculty, staff, and guests from the greater Boston area, such as designers from Sasaki.

2017.02.24. Posted by Lu Men


High vacancy rates in China cannot solely be attributed to investment purposes or cultural motivations, but are in fact a consequence of misunderstanding urbanization, according to Prof. Li Gan, director of the China Household Finance Survey at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China and Clifford Taylor Jr. Professor in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. In his talk to the DUSP and CRE community on February 16, Prof. Gan urged researchers in both the public and private sectors to take a closer look at the phenomenon as it will have serious implications for housing markets in the future.

2017.02.08. Posted by Zhengzhen Tan

On November 3 and 4, 2016, Manduhai Buyandelgar, associate professor in MIT Anthropology and 2016 STL Lab Faculty Seed Fund recipient, participated in a Humboldt Foundation Workshop in Berlin titled Religion and the City: Inter-Religious Exchanges in Urban Environments. More than forty scholars from around the world questioned the largely established idea that religion tends to retreat from public life in urban areas.

2017.02.08. Posted by Zhengzhen Tan

Danya Sherman, case study initiative manager for the STL Lab, and her team traveled to south Florida to film an MIT Case Study that explores planning in the face of severe weather impacts resulting from climate change.