The city is her lab

Adapted from the MIT News Story, here.

In recent decades, China has built and expanded its cities on a massive scale, giving rise to  vast social, economic, and environmental changes. 

To Siqi Zheng, an associate professor as well as founder and head of the China Future City Lab, China's cities are laboratories of urbanization where she may examine the dynamic connections between what she calls urban “vibrancy” — economic and job growth, for instance — and urban “amenities,” such as transit, clean air, schools, housing, and restaurants.

The China Future City Lab, developed along with Tsinghua University in Beijing as well as corporate and governmental partners, has three main elements: 1.) It supports basic research on urban life in China; 2.) houses the MIT-Tsinghua Future City Innovation Connector (FCIC), which backs Chinese startup teams to launch pilot projects in Chinese cities; 3.) and works with Chinese cities that serve as “living labs” for ideas and innovations of MIT researchers.

Read more about Zheng and her research interests via Peter Dizikes MIT News Story, here.

Image credit: Bryce Vickmark via MIT News