The Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative is a multi-year project funded by Harvard University and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand understanding about urban life, social and political structures, design, and history across diverse sites and scales. The Initiative aims in particular to link humanistic approaches to cities with spatial investigations of the built and natural environments.
Programs sponsored include urban-related research by faculty and students, public events, exhibitions, course activities, community engagement, and workshops. Housed in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Design, the project engages scholars and students from throughout Harvard and the Boston area. The Initiative intends to pave the way to an interdisciplinary secondary field in urban studies for Harvard students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
We bring together scholars and resources to establish a vigorous, interdisciplinary and coordinated study of urban environments in the humanities.