Designing Tomorrow's Cities is a three-day workshop that will teach participants to design and synthesize digital based solutions and new experiences for future cities and human environments. The workshop will cover topics such as the utilization of IoT and A.I. in the development of new types of urban infrastructure systems, experiences, and services. Participants will also be exposed to a variety of big data projects and visualizations as showcases of how to decode hidden large scale patterns in cities.
Over three intensive days, participants will perform guided design thinking of new types of digitally based urban services and platforms, while learning about cutting-edge research and technology being developed at the Senseable City Lab –one of the world’s leading research centers on the topic of smart cities– related to the understanding and designing of the cities of tomorrow. They will also interact with researchers from the Senseable City Lab who are performing such research, and will become familiar with the lab’s work in the fields of transportation, robotics, IoT, and artificial intelligence.
The Digital Revolution is changing the way we live today as radically as the Industrial Revolution did almost two centuries ago. As urbanization accelerates across the world, digital media and information technologies integrated with the built environment hold huge potential for understanding, designing, and managing future cities. As cities try to be more livable in the future, a multi-disciplinary approach from diverse fields such as city planning, architecture, engineering, computer science, and social science is necessary to foster urban innovation.
The Senseable City Lab at MIT has created a workshop that will challenge students from diverse backgrounds with anticipating the needs and opportunities of cities as they incorporate digital technologies into the fabric of everyday lives. Both as research insights as well as new design solutions, the outcome of the workshop will be presented as a series of design scenarios centered on the ideation of new experiences and services for the future citizens, with the goal of delivering a set of ideas that hold the potential for further prototyping and the goal of having an impact beyond the academic world.
We will explore these design scenarios through a series of lectures and guided design exercises meant to give participants a primer on design thinking that blends digital technologies, big data and other digital technologies into cohesive projects ready to be further developed as actionable prototypes.
It is highly recommended that you apply for a course at least 6-8 weeks before the start date to guarantee there will be space available. After that date you may be placed on a waitlist. Courses with low enrollment may be cancelled up to 4 weeks before start date if sufficient enrollments are not met. If you are able to access the online application form, then registration for that particular course is still open.
Participants will learn principles of design thinking applicable to prototyping of new experiences using digital technologies at both human and urban scale. They will also learn primers in related topics including:
- How to design integrations of sensor and actuators architectures with fundamentals of IoT & AI for the development of data driven applications.
- How big data analytics can be of use to decode the behavior of large scale systems and urban dynamics.
- Obtain a primer on the principles of big data visualizations and communication for both scientific and general consumption purposes.
Who Should Attend:
This course is aimed at professionals from industry and government that work in projects related to infrastructure, architecture spatial design, operations, environmental, entrepreneurship and innovation.
- Executive level managers, project managers, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, and product developers.
- Government officials, NGO members, and policy makers
- Individuals from industries such as infrastructure, transportation, real estate, robotics, and urban services.
- Professionals from areas such as product management, engineering, research, marketing, operations, finance, and strategy, among others.
Laptops or tablets with Windows for which you have administrator privileges are required for this course.
9:30-10:30 Introduction to Senseable Cities
10:45-12:00 The future of transportation
1:00-1:30 Teams Formation & Challenge Introduction
1:30-2:30 Data Driven Cities and Future Infrastructures
2:45-4:00 Urban Solutions Ideation Session
4:00-4:30 Day 1 Recap
9:00-10:00 Sensing and Actuating Primer
10:00-11:00 Ideation Session 2
11:15-12:30 Designing Human Interactions / Paper Prototyping
1:30-2:30 Datascapes and Data Viz
2:45-4:00 Guided Teamwork
4:00-4:30 Day 2 Recap
9:00-10:00 Scaling Up: Thinking about Urban Interactions
10:00-11:00 Ideation Session 3
11:15-12:30 Technology Synthesis and Design
1:30 - 2:30 Guided Teamwork
2:45-4:00 Team Pitches
4:00-4:30 Course Wrap & Final Thoughts
Class runs 9:30 am - 4:30 pm on Monday, and 9:00 am - 4:30 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Carlo Ratti, Professor of Urban Technologies and Planning Director, SENSEable City Lab
An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab, and is a founding partner of the international design office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Ratti has co-authored over 500 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum in Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – have been included by TIME Magazine in the list of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’.
He has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s "Best and Brightest" list and in Wired Magazine’s "Smart List." Blueprint Magazine included him among the "25 People who will Change the World of Design," and Fast Company named him as one of the "50 Most Influential Designers in America."
Ratti was a presenter at TED, curator of the Future Food District pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan, and is currently serving as both a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Cities and special adviser on Urban Innovation to the European Commission.
As well as being a regular contributor to Project Syndicate, he has written for international media including The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Scientific American, BBC, and others.
Ricardo Alvarez is a PhD Candidate for the City Design and Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and also a researcher in the Senseable City Lab, both at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research focuses on the integration of large scale networked architectures of digital sensors and the use of A.I. in future urban infrastructure systems.
Prior to MIT, he worked for five years in the Mexican Federal Government as a founding member of ProMexico (the country's trade and investment promotion Federal Agency) where he worked as Senior Advisor to the CEO, managed International Operations for North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East and headed the Innovation and Strategic Projects Office. Before that he worked in the private sector in the retail, financial and media industries, both as an entrepreneur as well as corporate.
Alvarez is also an international speaker, having participated in conferences across several countries in America, Europe and Asia. In addition to his studies at MIT he holds a Master in International Management degree from Thunderbird and a Bachelor in Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
This course takes place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We can also offer this course for groups of employees at your location. Please complete the Custom Programs request form for further details.