The Resilient Cities Laboratory connects disciplinary research on pressing social, economic, environmental, and engineering challenges in the urban environment, and links this research with education and practice. The Resilient Cities Laboratory functions as a hub that brings together people and academic disciplines and serves as “the middle piece” between urban investment and policy making on the one hand, and cooperative and experiential learning on the other hand.
As the speed and extent of urbanization grows across the globe, as living standards and the global human population increase, as nonrenewable resources are being exhausted, as renewables are stressed to their limits, and as climate change threatens livelihoods and lives of people in cities, humanity requires new interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving, new tools for analysis, and new opportunities to engage the research and practitioner communities with each other so we more effectively (a) guide basic research to meet ever evolving societal needs and aspirations, and (b) help foresee and avoid adverse consequences of our actions. Given the breadth and urgency of the challenges, we must think big, start small and be able to scale up fast. Northeastern University is ideally positioned to do so, using our campus and Metropolitan Boston as field sites, and our reach across the nation and world as the means to leverage experiences.
Our research work includes:
- advancement in data management, geographic information, computer-based modeling, and simulation;
- visualization of complex urban dynamics for decision support;
- research on urban climate change mitigation and adaptation;
- engagement of practitioner communities;
- empowerment of students to become knowledge brokers.