Kent Larson @ EmTech Hong Kong

June 7, 2016


Hong Kong Convention And Exhibition Centre


Accelerating urban expansion demands resilient urban design; cities must be simultaneously livable and adaptable. Networks of compact integrated neighborhoods connected by mobility-on-demand pathways offer a vision for cities where residences, offices, shops, and parks are always within a 20-minute walk; where affordable, convenient, shared-use light electric vehicles replace private cars; where congestion and local sources of air pollution are essentially eliminated; and where powerful new applications improve life for each resident, all while allowing for continued development and growth.


Kent Larson directs the Media Lab's Changing Places group. Since 1998, he has also directed the MIT House_n research consortium in the School of Architecture and Planning. His current research is focused on four related areas: responsive urban housing, new urban vehicles, ubiquitous technologies, and living lab experiments. Larson practiced architecture for 15 years in New York City, with work published in Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Global Architecture, The New York Times, A+U, and Architectural Digest. His book, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks was selected as one of the Ten Best Books in Architecture, 2000 by The New York Times Review of Books. Related work was selected by Time magazine as a "Best Design of the Year" project.

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