We work on new strategies for cities to meet the profound challenges of the future. We are creating the places where people live and work. We connect these places by building better mobility systems.
The current methods of city design date back to the 17th century, when engineers and city planners developed centralized networks to deliver drinking water, food, and energy. Similarly structured centralized networks were designed to facilitate transportation and remove waste.
These infrastructure-heavy solutions, however, are becoming increasingly obsolete. Modern cities designed around the private automobile, with single-function zoning, are becoming more congested, polluted, and unsafe. Citizens are spending more of their valuable time commuting, and communities are becoming increasingly detached. Many modern cities simply do not function properly.
Rather than separate systems by function - water, food, waste, transport, education, energy - we must consider them holistically. Instead of focusing only on access and distribution systems, our cities need dynamic, networked, self-regulating systems that take into account complex interactions. In short, to ensure a sustainable future society, we must deploy emerging technologies to create a nervous system for cities that supports the stability of their government, energy, mobility, work, and public health networks.
We are investigating how new models for urban architecture and personal vehicles can be more responsive to the unique needs and values of individuals though the application of disentangled systems and smart customization. We are developing technology to understand and respond to human activity, environmental conditions, and market dynamics. We are interested in finding optimal combinations of automated systems, just-in-time information for personal control, and interfaces to persuade people to adopt sustainable behaviors.