Many companies and institutions are dedicating tremendous amounts of time and resources to advance our quality of living through various technology-oriented projects and initiatives. Rather than highlighting those projects and initiatives as a collective solution, this section attempts to associate the projects through a series of prompts in which larger urban issues can be addressed. Every project and initiative is paired with a leading question that is meant to be food-for-thought as we delve deeper into understanding the relationship between technology and the urban experience.



Virgin Hyperloop One

Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) is prototyping a rapid, direct, and fully-integrated mass transportation solution.


Public Square

FXCollaboration: Driverless Future Challenge

Public Square challenges cities everywhere to rethink their streets and reclaim street parking areas for a greener and livelier public realm.


Urban Network Analysis

Andres Sevtsuk, City Form Lab, Harvard GSD

The Urban Network Analysis toolbox reveals urban form, land-use patterns, and pedestrian/cycling activity across spatial networks.




Upcycles designs and manufactures shop-fabricated, pedal-assisted cargo tricycles that respond to complex urban environments.


Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

The Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism sets a street design vision for cities in an autonomous future.




Elevation is a short documentary about how drones will transform cities.


Sky Tower

Pickard Chilton, ARUP, Uber

Sky Tower is a concept design for a Mega-Skyport—Uber’s vision for a next-generation urban aviation transport system.


Future of Streets

Andres Sevtsuk, City Form Lab, Harvard GSD

The Future of Streets investigates how cities can adapt streets to newly emerging shared, electric, and autonomous transportation technology.


Understanding Housing Development

Daniel Fink, Placeful Technologies

An interactive engagement app that illustrates the effects, opportunities, and trade-offs involved in residential real estate development.


Fuel Station of the Future

Foster and Partners, Nissan

The Fuel Station of the Future is a vision of the future of mobility and its role in the development of sustainable urbanism.


Computing Co-Operative Development

Daniel Fink, Real Estate Innovation Lab, MIT School of Architecture + Planning

Mass accessibility to urban data, design computation, and digitized financing will reshape real estate development and our engagement with the city.


Form Maps

Certain Measures

Form Maps reorganizes the ground shapes and buildings of the city into a parametric map of territory form.


Reality Model

Aerial Genomics

Aerial Genomics employs drones for 3D sensing, processing, and visualization to facilitate the creation of projects in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.


Beta Blocks

Supernormal, Emerson Engagement Lab, The City of Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Beta Blocks is a block-level exploration zone and civic process to invent, adopt, and adapt urban technologies for local communities.




Citiesense is a map-based platform that centralizes the tools and information sources needed to manage and improve neighborhoods.


City Scanner

Senseable City Lab, City of Cambridge

City Scanner proposes an integrated solution to capture real-time variation of urban areas, such as air and road quality within the built environment.



Senseable City Lab, Liberty Mutual

CityWays analyzes the data from the millions of self-tracking fitness applications that people use, which can lead to more human-centered urban design grounded in actual data.


Downtown Crossing

Supernomal, Downtown Boston Business Improvement District

Supernormal has analyzed mobile device data to generate a high-resolution view of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District.



Senseable City Lab, World Economic Forum, Global Shapers Community

Treepedia, an interactive website, uses Google Street View to measure the urban green canopy, the above-ground portion of trees and vegetation in cities around the world.



Senseable City Lab

Underworlds is an open-data platform for monitoring urban health patterns in sewage, advancing the potential of urban epidemiology.