Beyond Smart Cities: Emerging Design and Technology

Beyond Smart Cities: Emerging Design and Technology


With more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas, there’s a growing interest for smarter, safer, and more sustainable cities that are responsive to their citizens.

While smart city solutions typically focus on digital optimizations to existing urban infrastructure, this online program goes beyond optimizations: It explores ways in which disruptive technology can dramatically improve planning, design, and management of contemporary cities for a more resilient future.

You’ll discover how technologies like data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), new urban systems, real-time simulations, and predictive urban design can be leveraged to realize more entrepreneurial, high-performance, and liveable urban communities, guided by MIT faculty.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The ability to leverage technological innovation to improve design, planning, and policy of urban living
  • Strategies for more effective land use, distributed energy systems, and alternative mobility
  • The skills to recognize and identify the challenges in contemporary city design, with solutions for healthier and more sustainable city systems

Is this course for you?

This program is designed for professionals interested in the design and planning of cities, seeking ways to transform urban areas for a more sustainable and vibrant future. With a focus on technology and data, the course is particularly relevant to those who are focused on designing, investing in, and delivering smart city solutions.