Melbourne lecture: Professor Kent Larson

July 13, 2011

MIT Media Lab’s Professor Kent Larson gives a free lecture on responsive housing, mobility systems and networked intelligence for future cities.

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The Director of the Changing Places Research Group at MIT Media Lab, Professor Kent Larson, will give a free public lecture at the University of Melbourne on 22 July, entitled *’Changing Places: Responsive housing, mobility systems, and networked intelligence for future cities’*.

The talk will explore how the responsive places in which we live and work, and the mobility systems that connect them, need to change in order to meet the sustainability, demographic and health challenges of the future.

Professor Kent Larson will present the work of his MIT Media Lab research group to explore the intersection of high-performance housing with urban mobility-on-demand systems, including persuasive electric bike-lane vehicles to encourage exercise, the transformable live-work “CityHome” that functions as if it were much larger, and autonomous parking/charging technology. He will also review the group’s “Living Lab” experiments to better understand and respond to human activity in natural environments.

Professor Larson brings his insights as an architect, researcher and academic at the renowned MIT Media Lab to this lecture. The MIT Media Lab applies an unorthodox research approach to envision the impact of emerging technologies on everyday life. Professor Larson’s current research is focused on three related areas: Responsive Urban Housing; Ubiquitous Technologies; Living Lab Experiments.

This lecture is presented by the City of Melbourne, The University of Melbourne and International Specialised Skills Institute. Professor Larson is the City of Melbourne Boston International Fellow and recipient, University of Melbourne William J Mitchell Professorship.

*Where* Prince Philip Theatre, Architecture Building, The University of Melbourne
*When* Friday 22 July, 6.15-7.15pm
*An exhibition of selected projects by Kent Larson* and the MIT Media Lab Research Group will be on display in the Wunderlich Gallery, Architecture Building at the University of Melbourne from 11-22 July.

*Register online* to attend this event: ["www.msd.unimelb.edu.au":http://www.msd.unimelb.edu.au/]

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