4.557J / MAS.552J
City Science: CHANGING CITIES: How to Prototype New Urban Systems

Permission of instructor

Today’s rapidly urbanizing cities need disruptive innovation that move beyond "Smart Cities" solutions, which are typically incremental. This course will focus on the design and prototyping of systems which enable entrepreneurial, high-performance communities through increased density + proximity + diversity. Class participants will be divided into small teams (2-4 students) to focus on one of the following "How to" modules for the duration of the semester based on their interest, experience and skill sets:

  • How to prototype autonomous, shared, electric mobility systems
  • How to prototype hyper-efficient, transformable spaces (robotic architecture)
  • How to prototype controlled environment urban food systems
  • How to realize computational urbanism using augmented tangible models
  • How to quantify innovation, entrepreneurship, and creative vitality in cities

Each module will be led by a mentor from the City Science Initiative. Student teams are expected work together as a unit to conceptualize, design, fabricate, and assemble a series of working prototypes on throughout the term.

Enrollment — This class seeks highly motivated students with the necessary skills to prototype new urban systems. Additional information on pre-requisites for each module can be found in the syllabus posted on the 4.557 class website.

Advisors and Module Mentors: Daan Archer, Joost Bonsen, Rich Fletcher, Wolfgang Gruel, Caleb Harper, Dan Harple, Carson Smuts, Michael Lin, Jason Nawyn, Jennifer Saura, Hasier Larrea-Tamayo, Ira Winder, Ramiro Almeida

Repeatable for credit with permission of instructor.

Note: room has changed to E14-341