Prototyping the Future City

In March 2023, the LCAU hosted a workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a delegation from Mexico City. As part of a multi-year research collaboration that aims to deepen relationships in Mexico City with the generous support of Mota-Engil, the workshop brought representatives from the Mexico City mayor’s office and ministry of education into dialogue with design and planning practitioners, academics, and students.

Over two days, the workshop convened faculty from MIT, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) to discuss Mexico City’s design challenges in the context of the energy transition. The purpose of the workshop was to frame thematic research areas to structure the collaboration over the next year and to invite expertise in those areas to narrow the focus of the research and its relevance to Mexico City.

Prototyping the City workshop participants [Images courtesy of Alberto Meouchi]

Findings from the workshop will inform a collaborative, faculty-led research project, a class at MIT in 2024, and a program of civic innovation in Mexico City led by MITdesignX. Stay tuned!



Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism

Research center focused on the design and planning of large-scale, complex, future metropolitan environments.