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The MIT Media Lab - Beyond Smart Cities - Emerging Design and Technology

6 weeks
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
Online / Distance
Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
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About this program

The MIT Media Lab - Beyond Smart Cities - Emerging Design and Technology

Harness disruptive technology to design smart, sustainable urban solutions.

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

With more than half of the worlds population living in urban areas, theres a growing interest in developing smarter, safer, and more sustainable cities that are responsive to their citizens. While smart city solutions typically focus on digital enhancements to existing urban infrastructure, the MIT Media Lab Beyond Smart Cities: Emerging Design and Technology online short course goes beyond optimizations. Over six weeks, youll explore ways in which disruptive technology can dramatically improve planning, design, and management of contemporary cities for a more resilient future. Guided by MIT faculty, youll 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 livable urban communities.

Admission requirements

Is this course for you?

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

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Program content

Course curriculum

Discover how disruptive technology can bring dramatic improvements to urban living and sustainability, as you work through the weekly modules of this online program.

Orientation module

Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1

Design and technology for people-centric cities

Module 2

The mobility revolution and urban robotics

Module 3

The live-work transformation: Robotics, prefabrication, and IoT technology

Module 4

A network of neighborhoods: AI, real-time simulation, and emerging systems

Module 5

Sustainable communities: Local production and lower consumption

Module 6

Governance: Token economies and algorithmic zoning for prosocial behaviors

Program delivery


  • 6 weeks Excluding orientation
  • 7–9 hours per week Self-paced learning online


Total Tuition Fee :£2123


About the certificate

Learn to harness disruptive technology for sustainable, smart city solutions and earn a certificate from the MIT Media Lab.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, youll 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.

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32 Vassar St
02139 Cambridge Massachusetts
United States

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