Case Study Initiative
Multimedia Content for Educators Worldwide
The MIT Case Study Initiative builds multimedia curriculum for urban planning, public policy, and real estate development education at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional development levels. MIT Case Studies immerse students into real-world scenarios addressing pressing social issues, such as gentrification, planning for climate change, multi-national real estate development, and equitable transit-oriented development.
Through an innovative production process that combines academic research, documentary-style filmmaking, and user experience design, we collaborate with MIT faculty in the School of Architecture + Planning to transform a proven teaching tool – the case study – into a digital learning environment. Multimedia cases merge text, videos, photos, documents, data, maps, assessments, and custom interactions, empowering students to problem‑solve and empathize with on‑the‑ground decision‑making. Through active learning, students respond to content that is engaging, interactive, and human.
Cases are built as linear, narrative stories, with a series of chapters that contain supplemental information for deeper dives. Each piece of content is also built to be modular, giving instructors the ability to reorder, rearrange, and even create new content. This allows instructors to construct customized cases that respond to their diverse classroom needs.
The Case Study Initiative piloted the cases below during 2016 & 2017. Watch the following video to learn more.
MIT Case Study Platform - Teaser Video
NOTE: The following pilot cases were built for demo purposes only and are in BETA. They must be viewed on a desktop/laptop in the CHROME browser (download). If you're interested in using a case in class, please contact us.
Conservatorio: A Case Study of Quadruple Bottom Line Development in Central America
Rethinking Urban Revitalization in Panama City
Principal Investigator: Albert Saiz
Topics: Social impact, community development, international development, real estate development, urban design, development without displacement, urban planning, public policy, equitable development
Forest City: A Case Study of a Real Estate Megaproject in Asia
Foreign Developers and Local Impacts in Malaysia
Principal Investigator: Lawrence Susskind
Topics: International development, social impact, sustainable development, real estate development, equitable development, urban planning, public policy
Sunset Golf Course: A Case Study about Planning for Resiliency in North America
Responding to Proposals as a Planner in Southeast Florida
Principal Investigators: Miho Mazereeuw & Fadi Masoud
Topics: Urban planning, real estate development, climate change, resiliency, social impact, environmental planning, community development, urban design
Ciudad Azteca: A Case Study of a Public-Private Transit Project in North America
Transit-Oriented Development in Mexico City
Principal Investigator: P. Christopher Zegras
Topics: Transit oriented development, real estate development, urban planning, public policy, public-private partnerships, international development, equitable development
The founding team of the MIT Case Study Initiative led production and development of the pilot case studies above.
Director, Center for Real Estate
Daniel Rose Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Real Estate
UI & UX Designer
Please contact us with any inquiries.