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.

 
 
 
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Hyperloop

Virgin Hyperloop One

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

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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Upcycles

Upcycles

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

 
 
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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.

 
 
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Elevation

Dezeen

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

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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Form Maps

Certain Measures

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

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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Citiesense

Citiesense

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

 
 
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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.

 
 
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CityWays

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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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Treepedia

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.

 
 
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Underworlds

Senseable City Lab

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