By Maria Iacobo
Evoking the historic impact that the late urban planners and MIT faculty Tunney Lee and Mel King had on the city, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu challenged the 2023 graduates of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) to remember to put people first throughout their careers.
“Everything you sketch, plan, shape, and build — the spaces and places we create — are empty without people,” said Wu. “Not just literally, but in terms of their energy, purpose, and spirit, because it’s ultimately about what the space fosters and creates for people that gives it life, meaning, and power.”
Speaking at SA+P’s Advanced Degree Ceremony, at which 200 students received master's and doctoral degrees in architecture, urban planning, real estate development, and media arts and sciences, Wu shared that she was not always enamored of government or City Hall. Growing up in Chicago as the eldest child of Chinese immigrants, she had “occasional unavoidable interactions with government that were always experiences filled with embarrassment and dread” given language and cultural barriers...