Kent Larson is the Director of the Changing Places Group at the MIT Media Lab and Co-director of the City Science Initiative. His current research is focused on all aspects of cities including: urban systems design and modeling, responsive urban housing, new urban mobility systems, ubiquitous technologies, and living lab experiments. Larson practiced architecture for 15 years in New York City, with work published in Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Global Architecture, The New York Times, A+U, and Architectural Digest. His book, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks was selected as one of the Ten Best Books in Architecture, 2000 by The New York Times Review of Books. Related work was selected by Time magazine as a “Best Design of the Year” project. Watch Kent Larsons tedX talk about his work here.
Founder and Lead Researcher
Caleb Harper is the founder of the CityFARM research group within the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. His current work at the lab is focused in the areas of building integrated and control environment agriculture, actuated sensing, control automation and data-driven resource and energy optimization in urban farming.
In addition to his role at MIT, Caleb has been a consultant to international development agencies including the DDA, IDB, and USAID on high-density low-income urban housing projects and has worked professionally on international projects in the high tech space, including data centers, healthcare and fab facilities.
Caleb holds a Masters from MIT, and Bachelors from Washington University in St. Louis and Baylor University and is deeply committed to the future of urban food and housing research at MIT.
Research Scientist Sensors and Instrumentation
Dr. Fletcher has developed a variety of plant instrumentation at the Media Lab over the past 10 years, and currently leads several research efforts in the area of environmental sensing and mobile health. Dr. Fletcher's interests also includes nutrition, and the therapeutic effects of community farming on human disease and mental health.
Dr. Fletcher has degrees in Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Information Technology from MIT, and has devoted a large part of his life to deploying technology in developing countries. Dr. Fletcher is also a veteran of the US Air Force, and has founded several start-up companies in the US and India.
Dr. Fletcher's home page
Jason Nawyn is a Senior Researcher at the Changing Places group at the MIT Media Lab as well as a distinguished alumni of MIT. Jason's personal research agenda is focused on technological interventions that integrate into activity patterns of daily life and promote health and wellbeing. In addition to his work at MIT, he has served as principal technological consultant for laboratories at Rutgers and Cornell conducting research in behavioral neuroscience and Communication.
Current researchers and external collaborators
Camille Richman (UROP '15, MechE) Celine Jennison (UROP '14 Cornell, Plant Science)
Elaine Kung (UROP '15, Enviro) Emma Feshbach (UROP '15, MechE) Katie Laverty (UROP '15, EECS) Li Ke (MFA ZJU '14) Preethi Vaidyanathan (UROP '15, AeroAstro) Sophia Jaffee (UROP '16, MechE) Tilly Taylor (UROP '15, MechE) Jordan Rogoff (Media Production and Branding at CityFARM) Edward Platt (MIT Media Lab, Civic Media)
Mathew Daiter (Exeter '15, Alum)
Jason Elizalde (UROP '14, AeroAstro) Kristopher A Bronner (UROP '17, Undeclared)
Sponsors and Advisers
Some of the many that lend their generous time and provide resources
Dickson Despomier (Columbia University)
Joe Paradiso (MIT Media Lab)
Joi Ito (MIT Media Lab) Joost Bensen (MIT Media Lab) Ryan Chin (MIT Media Lab)
Topper Carew (MIT Media Lab)
Ball Horticultural Devonshire Dosatron International General Mills Heliospectra Hort America ILS Lighting Indoor Harvest JR Peters Method 7 Pentair Smithers Oasis
Alumni researchers at CityFARM