City Science Summit

Gabriela Bila 

Thursday — Friday
October 27, 2022 —
October 28, 2022
9:00am — 6:00pm ET

Hyper-LOCAL Solutions to GLOBAL Challenges

The City Science Summit - Hyper-LOCAL Solutions to GLOBAL Challenges brings together international collaborators and thought leaders in the fields of urban science, planning, computer science, policy and decision making, social sciences, and rapid urbanization. The event will highlight research from the MIT City Science team, the City Science Network, and the Norman Foster Foundation with the aim to enable more livable, equitable, and resilient communities.

Teams will present a data-driven model for cities that could limit emissions to 2 tons per person while improving the quality of life and economic opportunities for residents. If taken to scale globally, these local interventions could largely solve global warming. As part of this line of research, the team will offer scenarios to dramatically reduce emissions to the carbon-budget while improving the livability and economic potential of the area. This research examines conventional “green” solutions, net-zero commuting and amenities, hyper-efficient housing and hybrid work, local production of resources, and zero-carbon, high-density distributed energy.

We will also share a pilot master plan for reconstruction and regeneration applicable to cities nationally in Ukraine and worldwide. Kharkiv, heavily damaged by the war with Russia, creates a compelling opportunity to create a new vision for cities in the future, bringing together the best of the past with powerful new technology and design concepts. Deploying a revised version of the data-driven, evidence-based process developed for Kendall Square, we will present concepts for a community unconstrained by legacy infrastructure including:  low-carbon communities,  livability, and public health, equity, and a Science Community framework. 

In addition, we will host workshops from our City Science Network collaborators with research from: The University of Guadalajara, Ryerson University in Toronto, Andorra Research and Innovation, HafenCity University in Hamburg, Taipei Tech, Tongji University in Shanghai, and The Urban Planning Institute in Ho Chi Minh City. Topics include: rapid urbanization, infrastructure in informality, zero-carbon cities, data-enabled decision making, decentralized autonomous organizations for cities, mobility trends and modeling, innovation in a biosphere, and enabling innovation communities.


Thursday, October 27 

12 PM | Registration Opens

1:30 - 5:00 PM | Main Stage Programming.  Featuring Dava Newman, Kent Larson and Norman Foster, the MIT City Science Team, Jacopo Buongiorno and Ed Glaeser.

5:00 - 6:00 PM | Reception and Networking

Friday, October 28

8:30 - 9:00 AM | Breakfast

9:00 - 10:15 AM | City Science Network presentations

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Block 1 Workshops

12:00 - 1:00 PM | Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 PM | Block 2 Workshops

2:30 - 3:00 PM | Break

3:00 - 4:30 PM | Block 3 Workshops

4:40 - 5:30 PM | Workshop Report-Back and Closing Remarks

5:30 - 7:00 PM | Reception and Networking

*In-person attendance is by invitation only. If you would like to know more, please email citysciencenetwork@gmail.com

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