The Urbanism Lab is a focal point at the University of Chicago for the study of the built environment and its meaning and inpact. Our research interests are reflective of social, cultural and political movements aimed at improving the quality of the built environment. Of particular interest is the notion of sustainable urbanism and the ability of cities to be places of vibrancy, social diversity, and community identity.


The Urbanism Lab is directed by Emily Talen, with help from the following amazing students: 

Eugen Craciunescu, Lynn Chong, Jadelynn Zhang, Jason Hu, James Kenniff, Jein Park, Kosuke Takaira, Mark Zhao


We also have a new post-doctoral scholar, Lou Thomas, who is pursuing research on incremental urbanism.