Senseable City Lab
Urban imagination and social innovation through anticipatory design & science

The real-time city is real! As layers of networks and digital information blanket our urban space, a new approach to the study of the built environment is emerging. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed—as are the tools we use to design them. The mission of the Senseable City Laboratory is to anticipate these changes and study them from a critical point of view. Not bound by the methodologies of a single field, the Lab – a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – is characterized by an omni-disciplinary approach.

It speaks the language of designers, planners, engineers, physicists, biologists, mathematicians and social scientists. Senseable is as fluent with Fortune 100 industry partners as it is with metropolitan governments, individual citizens and disadvantaged communities around the world. Through design and science, the Lab develops and deploys tools to learn about cities—so that cities can learn about us.

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May 2007