4.557J / MAS.552J
New Urban Village: Mobility-on-Demand - MIT Living Labs

Class Description - MIT has made a major commitment to long-term breakthrough research on energy. However, we propose that the MIT campus should be a living laboratory to explore how dramatic reductions in energy use can be achieved today. Students will be challenged to develop mobility, energy, and housing innovations that including new lightweight electric vehicles, electric charging and smart grid technologies, transformable high performance housing, persuasive interfaces for energy conversation, and incentives to encourage the use of more energy efficient mobility systems. The potential benefits of an integrated ecosystem approach may include, for example, the freeing up of land for new housing by reducing parking through transportation modal shifts or the introduction of bike sharing programs.

Research Areas

Lightweight Electric Vehicles, Electric Charging Infrastructure, Customizable Urban Housing, Rethinking the Streetscape, Transformable Housing Modules, and Persuasive Interfaces and Dynamic Incentives for Modal Shifts.

Expected Student Deliverables

Students will collaborate in teams, work within existing problem spaces in the urban environment, and propose well-crafted design solutions that creatively address the problems. Students will be expected to propose design solutions through illustrations, building scale prototypes (working and non-working), back-of-the-envelope calculations, videos, and other types of media.

Course Collaborators

Joost Bonsen, Virot Chiraphadhanakul, William Lark, Jr., Nicholas Pennycooke, Daniel Smithwick, Praveen Subramani