The Biopolis: Lessons from the Body for Boston

October 12, 2016
The Biopolis: Lessons from the Body for Boston

How can the systems of the body inspire ideas for systems for societies? Harvard University undergraduates and community members explored this idea at the HUBWeek event The Biopolis: Creative New Ideas for a Smarter City on September 27, 2016. The event began with Professor Robert A. Lue introducing The Biopolis project, which originates from a Harvard Summer School collaboration between Harvard and students in Science Po’s École d’Affaires Publiques, and the Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires. Harvard undergraduates shared short films revealing their project ideas to transform Paris for the better before participants broke into groups for lively discussions about how these ideas could be meaningful in Boston. Conversations ranged from fostering community relationships around food trucks and creating better pathways for bicycle commuters. Inspired by the systems of the human body, participants started to see how the intricate systems of the human body could shed light on creating a better Boston.

HUBweek is a festival for the future that celebrates innovation at the intersections of art, science, and technology. Founded by The Boston Globe, MIT, Harvard University, and Mass. General Hospital, HUBweek is a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration that brings together the most creative and inventive minds in making an impact in Boston and around the world.