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MIT launches China Future City Lab

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November 20, 2017

Cambridge, MA


MIT has launched a unique new urban research and innovation program that looks to advance city life in China through an ambitious range of academic and entrepreneurial activities. Headed by Dr. Siqi Zheng, Assoc. Professor in DUSP and CRE, the new lab comes at a time when China has been rapidly urbanizing.

The China Future City Lab consists of three foundational elements. First, the lab will support a wide range of basic research in China, investigating many aspects of urban social and economic life.

Second, the lab will house a program known as the MIT-Tsinghua Future City Innovation Connector (FCIC), which will support startup teams applying ideas to China’s urban areas. The FCIC will also aim to identify innovative concepts and technologies that could be implemented in China.

As a third element of its activities, the China Future City Lab will engage with Chinese cities that will serve as “living labs” or testing sites where MIT researchers will have a unique opportunity to examine their urban-focused ideas and innovations.

MIT Associate Provost Richard Lester, center left; MIT associate professor Siqi Zheng, the founding faculty member of the China Future City Lab, center right; along with MIT staff and researchers.

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MIT launches China Future City Lab