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: 

Micah Wilcox, Brianna Olsen, Nina Olney, Emma Kahn, Cooper Komatsu, Eugen Craciunescu, Peyton Sanborn, Julia Spande


Our recent post-doctoral scholar, Lou Thomas, is pursuing research on incremental urbanism.