Connect with CoLab


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

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.

The premises underlying CoLab’s work:

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