Biennial Theme


Future of Suburbia

The MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) is in the midst of a multi-year exploration of The Future of Suburbia. The CAU is collaborating with a network of artists, researchers, theorists, faculty, and students is examining emergent trends of existing suburban form around the world, which has become the most pervasive form of urbanization on the planet. This collection of investigators are seeking opportunities and speculating on design frameworks that will change the processes and experiences of future frameworks. The research will culminate in the Infinite Suburbia publication, the Future of Suburbia exhibition, and a conference by the same name at MIT’s Media Lab in Spring 2016.


Mar 28, 2016. Posted by Prudence Robinson

New batch of population estimates from the Census Bureau  show that growth is speeding up in the South and West and slowing down in the Northeast and Midwest.

Census data, Low-density suburbs, Demographics
Jan 21, 2016. Posted by Prudence Robinson

Australian architects make an intriguing discovery when they peel back the layers of McMansion. The Offset House on display at the recent Chicago Architecture Biennial. 

housing, offset, McMansion, suburban life
Jan 21, 2016. Posted by Prudence Robinson

A city near Las Vegas has broken ground on what is believed to be the first commercial drone airport. The Aerodrome Eldorado Droneport is one of six FAA-approved test sites in the U.S. for commercial drone facilities.

technology, Drones, Mobility
Jan 21, 2016. Posted by Prudence Robinson

An infographic by the International Institute for Environment and Development shows urban expansion in global cities over 500,000 people from 1800 to 2030.

Surburban expansion, trends, urbanization
Dec 07, 2015. Posted by Prudence Robinson

Study finds that some suburbs of Manhattan have shorter public transport commute times into the city than some city neighborhoods.

New York, public transport, commuting