R.I.P. Bill Mitchell, Director of M.I.T.'s "Smart Cities" Research Group
M.I.T. Professor Bill
Mitchell, the director of the university's Smart Cities research
group, died yesterday after a battle with cancer, according to posts on CaringBridge
When Big Think interviewed
Mitchell in January, he spoke about a wide variety of topics
related to mobility, sustainability, and the future of cities. Smart
research is particularly concerned with the emerging roles of networked
intelligence in fabrication and construction, urban mobility, building
design and intelligently responsive operation, and public space.
Mitchell described his research as being related to the "ability of
cities to, over time, remain in balance with the resource
streams that are available to them, and they have to do with social
justice and equity of the fundamental conditions of satisfactory
Mitchell was the author of a number of books on the future of cities,
The Cyborg Self and the Networked City, City
of Bits, and e-topia.
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