Cities are undergoing a profound transformation: the convergence of digital information(bits) and physical environment(bricks).
As virtual systems become spatialized—entering our world through the Internet of Things—no industry remains unaffected. From utilities to transportation construction to environmental resilience the 21st century condition presents new challenges… As well as new opportunities.
The MIT Senseable City Lab presents the 2016 Forum on Future Cities—Bits and Bricks.
Here we convene major stakeholders in the development of cities: leaders of industry research metropolitan governance and citizens at large.
We invite you to join us for a day on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to glimpse—and ultimately create—our common urban future.
As our cities change – some growing others shrinking (some built newly from scratch and others crumbling) infrastructure is a crucial topic of research investment and policy. Thus this session will consider how changes in technology economics management construction and maintenance will impact the field of urban utilities.
New technologies have produced progressive means of constructing the built environment although resource scarcity has placed constraints on what is built and how it is built. By examining the shifting nature of construction and assessing the entire chain of production from urban planning to design materials construction post-occupancy and finally re-use or destruction we seek to identify how new innovations will impact the construction and composition of the built environment.
A change is happening in transportation focusing on greener more comfortable and more autonomous efficient mobility solutions. This session will explore how innovations in transportation from laboratories businesses and metropolitan governments will collectively revolutionize urban transportation.
Sensors are becoming inexpensive powerful and networked – and as a result they are quickly blanketing cities. Devices report on many dimensions of physical space from environmental conditions to human and vehicle traffic flows offering unprecedented material for researchers and technologists to understand the city and enable it to actively respond to its citizens. This session will investigate how the accessibility of sensor technology will result in the emergence of the future city as an interactive landscape for research industry development and citizenship.