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The Senseable City Lab will be hosting the second annual Forum on Future Cities: Coding the City on 15-16th November 2012. Building on the success of last year's Forum, we will be taking a more focused look at how technologies are serving urban citizens worldwide and enabling increased civic engagement within the process of city making and building. The Forum will bring together all the various players within the urban space including industry representatives, government officials, NGOs and academics. Further details will be announced shortly.


Senseable City Lab alongside GE, is partnering with Moritz Stefaner, Drew Hemment, Studio NAND to create real-time manifestations of the worldwide emotional response to the London Olympics. It will be presented as a "sonic sculpture" as the events unfold.

Markus Schlapfer is presenting The scaling of human interactions with city size at Santa Fe Institute's Can there be a Science of Cities? Carlo Ratti will also be joining Benjamin de la Pena, Rachel Cardone, Mike Mathieu, Debbie Strumsky and Melanie Walker to discuss What Problems Should a Theory of Cities Help Solve?

30 journalists from all over the world recently visited our new visualization lab in Singapore, part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. The Lab recently moved to a new space at the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE).

A recent paper by Michael Szell et al. has been published in Nature Scientific Reports. Entitled Understanding mobility in a social petri dish, it examines an entire society of individuals within an online game- looking at the interplay of spatial constraints, socio-economic factors, and patterns of mobility.

The Senseable City Guide to Moscow draws together proposals from 5 MIT students who participated in this year's Digital Design Workshop. The projects presented examine digital urban interventions that deal with safety and security within Moscow, as well as the provision of tourist infrastructure. Further details available here.

The BMW Guggenheim Lab has begun in Berlin. The Senseable City Lab will lead workshops from 18- 29th July covering a range of topics from Open Source Architecture, Sanitary Cities to Crowdsourced Infrastructure.



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