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Designing a Better Built Environment

May 11, 2016 - in Design/Engineering, People

The goal of "sustainability" is to reduce humans' impact on the natural environment. These impacts often take the form of facilities and structures such as bridges, highways, and cities that are built and used on an everyday basis. Oral Buyukozturk, an…

Well-maintained Roadways Improve Fuel Efficiency

March 3, 2016 - in Corporate, Modeling, Roads

Most people know that properly inflated tires can improve a vehicle’s fuel efficiency, but did you know that properly maintained roadways can improve…

Solving Cement’s Structural Riddle

February 18, 2016 - in Analysis, Corporate, Design/Engineering

Concrete is the world’s most widely used construction material, so abundant that its production is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions.…

Princeton Architectural Press Releases Infrastructure Books

January 21, 2016 - in Analysis, Corporate, Planning

Infrastructural Monument and Scaling Infrastructure are two new publications that are part of a new series from the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU). CAU is a two-year-old institute that focuses on researching and designing solutions for the most critical…

MIT Study: Traffic Jams Magnify How Roads Affect Fuel Consumption

August 14, 2015 - in Analysis, Corporate, Roads

It seems all too obvious that getting stuck in a traffic jam will increase your car’s fuel consumption. After all, the engine is running but you are going nowhere. Less obvious is how traffic jams affect other factors in fuel efficiency, such as the condition…

Infrastructure Deficit Requires Long-term Innovation and Planning

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx warned, in remarks at an MIT forum on Monday, that America’s “infrastructure deficit” was growing and would worsen without further investment and long-term planning for new technologies. “Whatever the infrastructure…

Looking at Cities as Molecular Structures

July 21, 2014 - in Analysis, Planning, Smart Cities

Franz-Josef Ulm, an engineering professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has built a career as an expert on the properties, patterns, and environmental potential of concrete. Taking a coffee break at MIT’s Stata Center late one afternoon,…

Climate Change Now a Mainstream Part of City Planning, Global Survey Finds

May 30, 2014 - in Analysis, Planning, Projects

An increasing number of cities around the world now include preparations for climate change in their basic urban planning — but only a small portion of them have been able to make such plans part of their economic development priorities, according to a unique…

MIT’s Cartography of 100 Cities Aims to Create a More Beautiful World

May 5, 2014 - in Modeling

Sepandar Kamvar doesn’t want us to see urban space around us in a whole new light so much as he wants us to see the light that’s already all around us. At a recent lunch near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, where he is director…

Exploring New York City Taxi Trails

April 7, 2014 - in Analysis, Projects, Transportation

With an ever-increasing trove of real-time urban data streams, we are able to see precisely where, how, and at what times different parts of our cities become stitched together as hubs of mobility. By using these pervasive, interconnected, and "smart" technologies,…