DIRECTOR, CITY SCIENCE INITIATIVE, DIRECTOR, CHANGING PLACES RESEARCH GROUP, MIT MEDIA LAB. TED SPEAKER
Kent Larson designs new technologies that solve the biggest questions facing our cities.
Keynote speaker category: Leadership, Current trends, innovation, Keynote speaker topics: Extreme urbanisation, Urban Design, Autonomous electric vehicles, Urban Living, The city home project, How to develop urban interventions that address the challenges of extreme urbanisation and a rapidly changing global economy. Urban Living Lab collaborative projects in Shanghai, Taipei, Hamburg, Helsinki, Andorra, and Cambridge.
Kent Larson speaking at TED
Kent Larson directs the MIT City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. Research is focused on developing urban interventions that enable more entrepreneurial, livable, high-performance districts in cities. Projects include advanced simulation and augmented reality for urban design, transformable micro-housing for millennials, mobility-on-demand systems that create alternatives to private automobiles, and living lab deployments in cities around the world. Larson and researchers from his group received the “10-Year Impact Award” from Ubicomp 2014: a “test of time” award for work that, with the benefit of that hindsight, has had the greatest impact.
Larson practiced architecture for 15 years in New York City, with design work published in Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Global Architecture, the New York Times, A+U, and Architectural Digest. His book, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks was selected as one of the Ten Best Books in Architecture of the year by the New York Times Review of Books. He is a founder of ORI, a company that is commercializing architectural robotics.
Larson practiced architecture for 15 years in New York City, with design work published in Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Global Architecture, the New York Times, A+U, and Architectural Digest
Founder of ORI, a company that is commercializing architectural robotics.
Companies and projects: He is working on three current projects:
CityScope combines physical 3D models with augmented reality and an AI design recommendation engine to create an evidence-based process for urban design and system integration.
The Persuasive Electric Vehicle (PEV) is an ultra-lightweight, shared-use, autonomous electric vehicle designed to move both people and goods in high-density cities, reducing the need for private automobiles and allowing streets and public spaces to be reclaimed by people.
The CityHome project focuses on automated, transformable micro-apartments to allow young professionals to live and work in the creative heart of cities, increasing diversity and exchange of ideas.
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