From March 31-April 1, the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism held a two-day conference on the growth and advancement of suburban living. The conference was composed of conversations and panel discussions among experts from fields including design, architecture, urban planning, history and demographics, policy, energy, mobility, health, environment, economics, and applied and future technologies.
With the rapid development of suburban spaces, the conference looked to imagine how suburbia could be improved through better design and planning, and how such spaces might be viewed as “frontiers of innovation.”
MIT AgeLab director Joe Coughlin took part in the event, serving as a moderator for a discussion on autonomous transportation technologies. “Autonomy is something that made the suburbs possible,” Dr. Coughlin began. How will greater - perhaps vastly greater - autonomy expand and rearrange the composition of the suburb of the future? The panel’s presentations and conversation touched on the implications of emerging technologies such as delivery drones, self-driving cars, and the Hyperloop project, and how they will change the places and spaces of suburbia.
Read more about the conference here; select Program Schedule on the right side of the page and scroll down to find video of the "Autonomous" portion of the conference.