The project will be carried out under the leadership of Prof. Andres Sevtsuk, Director of the MIT City Form Lab, in collaboration with colleagues from the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Four overlapping groups of experts and participating parties will be involved in the project:

- A Core Research Team.
- An Advisory Board.
- Participants in project related academic seminars.
- Participants in public engagement workshops.

Core Research Team

The core research team will design and implement the project, carrying overall responsibility for the work produced. The core research team will consist of:

Principal Investigator: Prof. Andres Sevtsuk, PhD, Associate Professor of Planning and Director of City Form Lab. Professor Sevtsuk is a Charles and Ann Spaulding Career Development Associate Professor of Urban Science and Planning at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where he also leads the City Form Lab. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on urban analytics, walkability, new transportation technologies, accessibility, retail location patterns and urban design. From 2004-2010 Andres worked as a member of the Smart Cities group at the MIT Media Laboratory with William J. Mitchell, investigating mobility as a service, leading to an MIT Press book entitled “Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Mobility for the 21st Century” (2010). From 2006-2010 Andres also worked on Transportation Systems as part of the MIT-Portugal program. He has worked with a number of city governments, international organizations, planning practices and developers on urban designs, plans and policies in both developed and rapidly developing urban environments, most recently including those in Indonesia and Singapore. He is the author of the Urban Network Analysis toolbox, which is used by researchers and practitioners around the world to study spatial relationships in cities along networks. He has led various international research projects; exhibited his research at TEDx, the World Cities Summit and the Venice Biennale; and received the President’s Design Award in Singapore, International Buckminster Fuller Prize and Ron Brown/Fulbright Fellowship.

Co-investigator: Prof. Diane Davis, PhD. Professor of Urbanism and Development at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Davis is a long-time student of the politics of urban development who has experience coordinating major, international, comparative research projects. She is the author of numerous articles and the following books: Urban Leviathan: Mexico City in the Twentieth Century (Temple University Press 1994) and Discipline and Development: Middle Classes and Prosperity in East Asia and Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2004), which was named the best book in political sociology by the American Sociological Association in 2005. She also co-edited the volume, Transforming Urban Transport: The Role of Political Leadership Page 16 Cities and Sovereignty: Identity Conflicts in the Urban Realm (Indiana University Press, 2011)

Senior Research Associate: Dr. Lily Song, PhD.
Lily Song is a Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design and recently served as a Senior Research Associate with the Transforming Urban Transport-Role of Political Leadership (TUT-POL) project. Her research focuses on the relations between urban infrastructure and redevelopment initiatives, sociospatial inequality, and race and class politics in American cities and other postcolonial contexts. From 2013-2015, Lily was a Provost Fellow with University College London’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Public Policy, where her research investigated efforts by local Indonesian governments to engage forms of urban informality to advance sustainable urban transport and more inclusive economic development. She holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from MIT.

Public Sector Partners (Los Angeles)

Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation. President, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO).  

Kevin Keller
, Deputy Director, Los Angeles Department of City Planning.

Public Sector Partners (Boston)

Chris Osgood, Chief of the Streets, Transportation, and Sanitation, City of Boston.


Kris Carter,
Co-Chair, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston.

Faculty Affiliates and Units

Principal Research Associates: (to be determined). The core research team will include post- doctoral level, full-time principal research associates, who will constitute the core research team for the project.

Graduate Student Research Associates: The core research team will hire graduate students to carry out a set of additional research tasks, including background research on existing technologies, street designs, policies and regulations. The students will most likely be hired from MIT School of Architecture and Planning students.

Advisory Board

A project advisory board of 5-7 members will include industry and public-sector partner representatives involved with the research, as well as distinguished academic advisors from Harvard and other universities.

Advanced Seminar in City Form: The Future of Streets.

As part of the project, we also convene an annual, semester-long Advanced Seminar in City Form that will focus on the Future of Streets. The seminar is an elective course at the Graduate School of Design, open to graduate students of all degree programs. It will offer a unique platform to broaden the discussion and investigation of project themes beyond the core research team and will serve as an opportunity to invite pertinent guest speakers to present and discuss project-related topics at MIT.