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HVAC systems in typical commercial buildings are responsible for more than 40% of total energy use. These systems represent a a large portion of utilities spending by individuals, and a large contributor to CO2 emissions. Local Warming is a project in progress that uses sensing technology and infrared emitters to reimagine the way we provide environmental comfort to building inhabitants, while potentially reducing energy consumption. Stay tuned over the next weeks for more details!

project updates + scientific papers
We welcome our newest, and most southern, Senseable City Consortium member, the City of Cape Town. The city will play host to our 2013 workshop and will be a unique and exciting living laboratory for the Lab's research. We look forward to the exciting discoveries to come.
You can now literally put your hands on data. The Data Browser, the next phase of LIVE Singapore!, was debuted on 23 January, 2013 at the Future Urban Mobility workshop, organized by Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology in Singapore and will be on public display shortly.
What's the environmental impact of electronic waste disposal? We build upon the work of Trash Track find out what the implications are in a new paper published in Waste Management & Research.
New analysis by the Lab's Rex Britter and collaborators on city breathability has been published by Science of the Total Environment.
Quantifying the power of prayer: telephone call records are allowing researchers at SENSEable City Lab and CCES to analyze religious devoutness in Saudi Arabia in residential areas, city centers, and remote hamlets across the Kingdom. These behavioral differences can inform how cities plan for infrastructure use over time.
The Digital City Design Workshop: Senseable Cities has begun at MIT. This annual course brings together students from across disciplines to think about and propose innovative urban solutions. This year, our students will be working in Cape Town and MedellĂ­n.
Recent analysis by Lab researchers can now tell the likelihood of you casting a Level 1 health spell... If you're female. In a newly published paper in Nature Scientific Reports, researchers analyzed how the genders interact differently in an online-game society of 300,000.
What is the future of the food we eat and enjoy? Researchers from the Lab asked just that as part of a workshop this month with Expo 2015 Milano that included some of the most preeminent creative minds in the world today.
upcoming events
  • 8-27 February, Dietmar Offenhuber will be exhibiting one of his films at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
  • 20 February, The Lab will take part in ISTAT's "Knowledge of the Present, Planning for the Future" event in Italy.
  • 22 February, Anthony Vanky presents a future vision of the city, and work of the Lab at the University of Kansas.
  • 22 February, Dietmar Offenhuber will participating in a debate entitled "How Scary is Smart," organized by Edge and the Danish and Italian embassies, in London.
  • 25 February, "From Small Town to Smart City" will be a fascinating discussion with Carlo Ratti at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York City.
  • 26 February, The Lab will be presenting on Yale's fair campus on "Collaboration and the Emergence at the Laboratory at MIT."
news and media
  • Less asphalt, more silicon. The Lab was profiled by L'Architetto Magazine this month.
  • The Lab's Michael Szell was on Austrian airwaves talking about "big data" and the work of the Lab on 28 January.
  • Elle Decor Italia profiled the Copenhagen Wheel in its January-February issue, now on newsstands.
  • Fast Company imagines a connected future through a day in your life, including how Matching Markets will create a better lunchtime experience.
  • Wired UK publishes online a feature on how the world uses its phones, which was created in the Lab using Ericcson data.
  • Io9, part of the Gawker network, covers Dietmar Offenhuber's analysis of New Yorkers' complaints to the city's 311 service.
  • Canadian Architect magazine looks at the act of creative mapping, including the real-time mappings of Real Time Rome.
  • Carlo Ratti coedits the newly published Special Issue on Smart Applications for Smart Cities for the Journal on Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce.
exhibitions, prizes +
  • 18 January, Assaf Biderman presented the keynote at Bau 2013, the forum on the future of building, in Munich.
  • LIVE Singapore! and other projects were part of the Future Urban Mobility Symposium on 23-24 January, organized the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, in Singapore.
  • 27 January, Carlo Ratti helped to rethink cities through technology, connectivity & philosophy as part of MaD 2013, in Hong Kong.
  • 8 February, Carlo Ratti will be at the opening of the Alta Scuola Politecnico in Torino.
  • 12 February, The Lab will take part at the Technoport Talks: Smart Cities 2013 in Trondheim, Norway.

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