Climate + Urbanism
This research area revolves around understanding the increased risks and vulnerabilities of cities due to climate change, especially in highly populated, coastal areas. From this understanding comes the core mission of designing new templates for adaptation and for protective infrastructures as well as potential relocation strategies and environmental design.
Environment + Urbanism
This research area addresses urban environmental issues and their impacts on the future of the city, including: food, water, urban health, biodiversity, landscape performance, pollution and toxicity, building health, resource consumption, waste management, and more. The goal of this research is to design and develop more sustainable outcomes for cities to reduce dependence on limited natural resources and make cities healthier for all.
Global + Urbanism
This area of research is specifically targeted at unique global contexts that require new models for urbanism. Global + Urbanism research is place-dependent and can vary widely based on geographic context, recognizing that urban form, protocols, and practices are radically different depending on institutional processes. No single solution can be universally applied to solve urban problems or create solutions in industrialized and developing world contexts. With the global urban world expecting rapid growth to 2050, Global + Urban research asks what new urban models can be implemented to disrupt paradigms of city-making.
Technology + Urbanism
The focus of this research area is testing the long-term consequences, benefits, and second-order effects of new technologies as they are implemented in neighborhoods and across metropolitan areas. Technologies include building systems, big data, and smart cities (the internet of things). Scenarios primarily test the impacts of technology primarily on urban form and space but also considers the socio-economic and cultural consequences of introducing new technologies.