Professor William J. Mitchell, director of MIT's Design Laboratory and pioneering Smart Cities research group, died yesterday after a battle with cancer. Professor Mitchell was a brilliant and big thinker who wrote a series of seminal books, including Me++, City of Bits, and e-topia, about the intersection of humanity, networked intelligence, and the built environment. "Bill was a designer's designer and visionary about the impact of new media on human experience," says professor Ken Goldberg, director of UC Berkeley's Center for New Media, to which Mitchell was an advisor. "He was incredibly prolific and will leave a lasting impact on generations of designers and thinkers."
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"Bill Mitchell, former dean of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, dies at age 65"
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