Looking beyond smart cities

Ariel Noyman, City Science group, MIT Media Lab

The City Science research group proposes that new strategies must be found for creating the places where people live and work, and the mobility systems that connect them, in order to meet the profound challenges of the future. 

The City Science research group proposes that new strategies must be found for creating the places where people live and work, and the mobility systems that connect them, in order to meet the profound challenges of the future. 

We are investigating how new models for urban architecture and personal vehicles can be more responsive to the unique needs and values of individuals through the application of disentangled systems and smart customization. We are developing technology to understand and respond to human activity, environmental conditions, and market dynamics. We are interested in finding optimal combinations of automated systems, just-in-time information for personal control, and interfaces to persuade people to adopt sustainable behaviors.

Group research is organized around three themes

  • Places for Live/Work [Changing Places]
  • Urban Modeling, Simulation & Prediction [CityScope]
  • Mobility on Demand [PEV]

City Science Network

MIT City Science has developed an international network of cooperative City Science Labs at Tongji University (Shanghai), Taipei Tech (Taipei), Hafencity University (Hamburg), Aalto University (Helsinki), ActuaTech (Andorra), and Ryerson University (Toronto).   

At MIT, we are developing concepts and key technology that can be extended, deployed, and evaluated by our collaborators in unique contexts around the globe.  Over the next few years, we plan to develop new and exciting projects in less affluent, rapidly growing cities in Latin America, Africa, and India where the impact of a new process to address the challenges of urbanization may be the greatest.  

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