MIT Media Lab Offers a Six-Week Online Course on Beyond Smart Cities

Kent Larson (Photo: Twitter)

CAMBRIDGE, MA—MIT Media Lab is offering a six-week short online course on “Beyond Smart Cities: Emerging Design and Technology.”

According to MIT Media Lab website, participants walk away with:

  1. Knowledge of how innovations in technology, design, planning, and policy can bring dramatic improvements to urban living – at both a local and global level.
  2. An understanding of the potential of disruptive technology such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and The Internet of Things (IoT) in the context of city planning.
  3. Recognition of your knowledge of smart cities in the form of a certificate from the MIT Media Lab.

The six-week course, which will require 7-9 hours per week online, is directed by Kent Larson, Director, City Science Group, MIT Media Lab.

Mr. Larson directs the City Science (formerly Changing Places) research group at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on developing urban interventions that enable more entrepreneurial, liveable, high-performance districts in cities. To that end, his projects include advanced simulation and augmented reality for urban design, transformable micro-housing for millennials, mobility-on-demand systems that create alternatives to private automobiles, and Urban Living Lab deployments in Hamburg, Andorra, Taipei, and Boston.

Mr. Larson and researchers from his group received the “10-Year Impact Award” from UbiComp 2014. This is a “test of time” award for work that, with the benefit of hindsight, has had the greatest impact over the previous decade.

Mr. Larson practiced architecture for 15 years in New York City, with design work published in Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Global Architecture, The New York Times, A+U, and Architectural Digest. The New York Times Review of Books selected his book, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks (2000) as one of that year’s 10 best books in architecture.