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Unveiling urban phenomena through digital traces

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Jun 01

Date and time: 1 June 2021, 15:00 – 16:00 CEST (UTC +2)
Speaker: Fábio Duarte, MIT
Title: Unveiling urban phenomena through digital traces

Meeting ID: 695 6088 7455
Password: 755440

Watch the recorded presentation here:


Picture of Fábio DuarteAbstract: As layers of networks and digital information blanket urban space, new approaches to the study of the built environment are emerging. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed—as are the tools we use to design them. In this presentation, I will explore how we can use digital tools to understand urban phenomena in novel ways. In Desirable Streets, I will explore how we can quantify what makes some street more desirable than others by analyzing hundreds of thousands of actual pedestrians trips in Boston, based on data collected via self-tracking apps.

In Favela 4D I will show how we’re combining community involvement with handheld laser scanning technologies and methods to mathematically understand the complex urban environment of informal settlements in Rio de Janeiro.

Bio: Fábio Duarte is a principal research scientist in the MIT Senseable City Lab, and lecturer in transportation and planning at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His book Urban Play: Make-Believe, Technology and Design will be launched in 2021, by MIT Press.

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