Mission Statement


CoLab uses the planning discipline to connect MIT faculty, staff, and students with civic leaders and residents to co-create innovative solutions to complex challenges of urban sustainability.


Our Vision


CoLab supports communities working on equitable, democratic, and sustainable development in the US and globally.


The premises underlying our work

  • Planning is a participatory discipline.
  • Marginalized communities possess critical experience, insights and knowledge for addressing systems failures and driving innovation.
  • Collaborative innovation with communities is the most effective way to generate sustainable solutions to local and global problems.