The Urbanism Lab is a focal point at the University of Chicago for the study of the built environment and its meaning and impact. 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 neighborhood identity.


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

Julia Spande, Cooper Komatsu, Eugen Craciunescu, Lynn Chong, Jadelynn Zhang, Jason Hu, Peyton Sanborn, An Trinh


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