Looking beyond smart cities

Ariel Noyman, City Science group, MIT Media Lab

The City Science research group (formerly known as the Changing Places 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: Changing Places, CityScope, and Mobility on Demand.