URBANFRAME uses cooperative design dialogue and hands-on building as a dynamic framework for youth development and service. Each year, teams of participating youth take on pressing urban challenges and collaborate to develop experimental solutions relevant to the needs of specific communities.

The Urbaneframe Model

Urbanframe invites youth from the US and abroad to transform the way the rest of us think about cities. Under the guidance of an architecture professor and team of graduate teaching fellows, young people work in a local community to design and build full-scale structures and spaces with no prior experience in architecture or construction. With energy and insight, these ideas result in amazing solutions to real-world challenges.


Each year, we choose a project theme for the Summer Design Build based at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Previous projects have explored sustainability, mobility, urban agriculture, vacant space, street performance, and social media. 


No previous experience is required!  


617.444.9904 info@urbanframe.org