November 6, 2019

Profs. Kontokosta and Neill awarded NSF AI & Society grant

The project will study bias and discrimination in city predictive analytics

October 29, 2019

Two new papers published in the Journal of the American Planning Association and Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems

Visit the Publications page for links

October 24, 2019

Lab postdoctoral associate Boyeong Hong receives the American Planning Association NY Metro Chapter’s William H. Whyte Award

The award recognizes creativity and ingenuity in planning.

October 3, 2019

Prof. Kontokosta to present on data-driven urban sustainability during National Academy of Sciences webinar

Webinar Series: Frontiers of Big Data, Modeling, and Simulation in Urban Sustainability

August 10, 2019

Congratulations to Lab PhD students Boyeong Hong, Yuan Lai, and Sokratis Papadopoulos

Each successfully defended their dissertation this Spring!

August 1, 2019

Paper accepted for presentation at the INFORMS Annual Meeting 2019

Analyzing Large-scale Human Mobility Patterns for Disaster Management and Planning

July 18, 2019

Essay published in Urban Design Forum book “Maintaining: Public Works in the Next New York”

"Recapture the Value of Rail Transit" with Prof. Giancarlo Falcocchio

January 31, 2019

New paper published in Health & Place.

December 28, 2018

National Academies to host Frontiers of Big Data for Urban Sustainability Workshop in January

Prof. Kontokosta to speak on large-scale urban spatial-temporal data.

October 31, 2018

Prof. Kontokosta’s Quantified Community research in Urban Land Magazine

September 28, 2018

Prof. Kontokosta named Senior Scholar at the New York Academy of Medicine

September 15, 2018

New paper published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning.

September 15, 2018

New paper – “Urban Informatics in the Science and Practice of Planning” – published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

September 9, 2018

Prof. Kontokosta and Lab members invited to present two papers at the 2018 Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange

June 18, 2018

See our new publications in Atmospheric Environment, Applied Energy, Transport Policy, Journal of Technology in Human Services, and Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems

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June 8, 2018

Prof. Kontokosta joins the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Data and Computation for Urban Sustainability

Workshop details

May 14, 2018

Prof. Kontokosta, Prof. Gupta (NYU Stern), and Prof. Van Nieuwerburgh (NYU Stern) awarded Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Research Grant

The research team will use new data streams to estimate the economic impact of urban infrastructure

April 14, 2018

Prof. Kontokosta, Prof. Been (NYU Law), Prof. Thorpe (NYU SOM), and Prof. Neill (Courant/ Wagner) selected for Marron Institute Seed Research Grant

Project will study the use of machine learning to improve the fairness and efficiency of housing inspections

April 9, 2018

Our Lab’s UN Data for Climate Action project featured in interview with Dr. Kontokosta on Data Makes Possible website.

Tracking NYC’s Carbon Emissions in Real Time

March 14, 2018

Dr. Kontokosta’s research on bias in 311 data and the Quantified Community project covered by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Big data is going to shape our future cities. Will it treat us all equally?

January 29, 2018

Our work proposing a “transit maintenance district” featured in NY Times

"The Subway Is Next Door. Should New Yorkers Pay for That?"

December 7, 2017

Data Insights: Measuring the Economic Impact of “Smart City” Innovations

MasterCard's Center for Inclusive Growth discusses our joint research on the economic impact of urban tech

November 22, 2017

Landlords benefit from subways. Two NYU professors calculated how much that’s worth.

Crain's New York, November 17th, 2017

November 20, 2017

Coverage of our MTA funding proposal in Curbed NY

"Could a Manhattan 'transit maintenance district' fund subway repairs? Two NYU professors make the case."

November 12, 2017

Urban Intelligence Lab named as a winner of the UN Data for Climate Action big data competition!

Click for a demo of our urban GHG emissions model and dashboard

November 10, 2017

On the Frontlines of Using Data for Good in Cities

Highlighting Prof. Kontokosta's recent research with the UN, the NYC Mayor's Office, and Brownsville Community Justice Center

November 2, 2017

NYU Tandon Year in Review – Successful Faculty

Reference Prof. Kontokosta's NSF CAREER Award

October 24, 2017

NYC Mayor’s Office announces first NYCx Co-Lab in Brownsville, with Urban Intelligence Lab as research partner

NYC Office of the Mayor Press Release

October 20, 2017

NYC Mayor’s Office and Urban Intelligence Lab release 2017 NYC Energy and Water Analysis Report

October 5, 2017

Prof. Kontokosta presents at UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School Institute for Private Capital Symposium

October, 2017

August 26, 2017

We’re looking for graduate research assistants for the Fall semester. Open to all NYU graduate students.

Click for details. Applications due by September 8th.

August 20, 2017

Prof. Kontokosta invited to present to National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Measuring Community Resilience

Prof. Kontokosta presents his research on the REDI score methodology and the Quantified Community

August 19, 2017

Read about Prof. Kontokosta’s work with Win Homeless Shelters

Team led by Prof. Kontokosta is working to bring data and tech to the homeless shelter system

July 15, 2017

Paper accepted to INFORMS 2017 annual meeting

Our paper, titled "Using Machine Learning to Predict Building Level Waste Generation and Recycling Rates", will be presented at the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

May 31, 2017

Urban Intelligence Lab team announced as semi-finalists in UN Data for Climate Action Challenge

Team led by Prof. Kontokosta selected to use big data to address global climate change. More info at

April 9, 2017

Paper accepted to Applied Energy

Kontokosta, Constantine E. and Christopher Tull. 2017. “A Data-Driven Predictive Model of City-Scale Energy Use in Buildings,” Applied Energy, accepted for publication.

April 2, 2017

Paper accepted to Energy Policy

Reina, Vincent and Constantine E. Kontokosta. 2017. “The Effects of Housing Subsidy Programs on Energy Efficiency,” Energy Policy, accepted for publication.

March 21, 2017

Neighborhood Innovation Labs and Urban Intelligence Lab partnership announced by NYC Mayor de Blasio

March 11, 2017

Civic Analytics Fellowship – Data for Social Impact in Cities Projects Announced!

March 1, 2017

Paper accepted to the Science of Smart City Operations and Platforms Engineering Workshop at Cyber-Physical Systems Week

Kontokosta, Constantine E. 2017. “Urban Informatics for Social Good,” Second International Workshop on Science of Smart City Operations and Platforms Engineering, Cyber Physical Systems Week, Pittsburgh, PA.

February 28, 2017

Paper accepted to the 8th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics

Kats, Phillip, Cheng Qian, Sergey Malinchik, Mark Hoffman, Brian Kettler, Constantine E. Kontokosta, and Stanislav Sobolevsky. 2017. “Geo-tagged Social Media Data as a Proxy for Urban Population Mobility.” 8th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Los Angeles, CA.

February 15, 2017

Prof. Kontokosta receives the NSF CAREER Award

Kontokosta selected for the award for his proposal "Urban Informatics for Smart, Sustainable Cities: Toward a Data-Driven Understanding of Metropolitan Energy Dynamics"

February 14, 2017

Prof. Kontokosta to speak at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government

Harvard Center for Public Leadership "Audacious Innovation" Event

February 9, 2017

Paper accepted to the International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering

Big Buildings and Big Data: Do Energy Disclosure Policies Impact Energy Use Over Time?

January 3, 2017

Prof. Kontokosta presents to the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics of the National Academy of Sciences

December 18, 2016

Paper accepted to the Int’l Conf. on Civil and Building Engineering Informatics


August 3, 2016

Will the Olympics Rescue or Ruin Rio’s Housing Market?

June 23, 2016


The Future of the Smart City

May 7, 2016

Toronto Star

Our Data, Ourselves

March 26, 2016

The Economist

How Cities Score

March 21, 2016

Spacing Magazine

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop on Inclusionary Zoning

February 24, 2016


Hudson Yards’ Smart City Initiatives Could Provide Glimpse of NYC’s Future

February 8, 2016

NYU News

At the Forefront of Urban Informatics, Constantine Kontokosta is Widely Recognized for his Pioneering Work

January 22, 2016

Commercial Observer

80/50 Vision: The Mayor’s Bold Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

January 22, 2016


Data Shows the Way for New York’s Greenhouse Gas Reductions

November 24, 2015

Building Design + Construction

Solving the Data Conundrum with Better Tools to Capture, Share, and Analyze Information

September 15, 2015

Capital New York

City Plans Innovation Labs Across Five Boroughs

July 21, 2015

FCW: Federal Technology

Machine learning, agency missions and finding the shape of the haystack

April 29, 2015

Capital New York

NYU Research Center to Offer New Civic Data Program

April 1, 2015

U.S. News and World Report

The Next Silicon Valley?

March 29, 2015

Financial Times

Olympic Task to Reinvent Tokyo’s Heart

March 29, 2015

National Geographic

What’s the Big Deal with Big Data?

February 27, 2015

Chicago Policy Review

Why Inclusive Zones are Not Inclusive Everywhere

January 7, 2015

San Francisco Business Times

If San Francisco Wins Olympics Bid, Don’t Expect Big Real Estate Benefits

December 17, 2014

ASEE Prism Magazine

Don’t Miss a Beat

October 21, 2014

The Atlantic: Citylab

Quantifying the Livable City

October 6, 2014

Urban Land Magazine (ULI)

Hudson Yards Rises Above the Rails

September 25, 2014

Globe & Mail

How the Big Data Revolution Can Help Design Ideal Cities

May 26, 2014


Hey Internet, Where’s My Talking City

May 7, 2014


New York’s Next Big Neighborhood Is Its Smartest

April 28, 2014


In Brooklyn, A Grasp at Giving ‘Big Data’ Meaning

April 22, 2014

Next City

Hey Honey, Don’t Tell the Neighbors I Left the Air Conditioning On

April 17, 2014

Fast Company

Beyond the Quantified Self: The World’s Largest Quantified Community”

April 14, 2014

New York Times

Huge New York Development Project Becomes Data Science Lab

February 19, 2014

Real Estate Weekly

Energy Executives Prepare to Take Stock at Annual NYU Conference

January 28, 2014

Canadian Consulting Engineer

New York City Research Finds Older Buildings More Energy Efficient

January 27, 2014

Sallan Foundation

We’re Beginning to See the Light

October 31, 2013


3 Big Ideas to Change the City

October 14, 2013 Brooklyn

Cities are the Major Unit of Analysis for the Future: CUSP Dep. Director

October 9, 2013

EdTech Magazine

Big Data 101: How Higher Ed Is Teaching Data Science

August 13, 2013

Commercial Observer

NYU to Identify Energy-Efficient Commercial Real Estate Tenants

August 13, 2013

The Real Deal

NYU, enviro group to monitor commercial tenants’ energy use

April 19, 2013

CRE Radio

Hot Topics in Green Building and Sustainability

February 22, 2013

The Real Deal

Big data can turn real estate industry on its head: A dispatch from NYU’s Schack Institute conference

December 19, 2012


A Different Kind of Impact Factor

September 18, 2012

Civil Engineering (ASCE Magazine)

NYC Publishes First Energy Benchmark Report

September 5, 2012

The Wall Street Journal

Durst Tower to Give Green a New Shade

August 15, 2012

The Wall Street Journal

London Developers Hope for Olympic-Size Boom

June 7, 2012

Clean Energy Connections Discusses Intelligent Infrastructure

June 7, 2012

Greentech Enterprise

Data Driving Investment, Scale in Energy Efficiency

June 1, 2012

CNN Fortune

London’s Extreme Olympics Makeover

May 31, 2012

The Villager

City O.K.’s Roof Rotors up to 55ft Tall for Buildings

May 21, 2012

CoStar News

Financing Green Part II: The Role of Data in Financing Green Improvements

May 18, 2012

CoStar News

Financing Green Part I: Funding Energy Efficient Retrofits and Overcoming Uncertainty

March 13, 2012

Bloomberg News

London Shops Disappear as Olympics Pays $1.2 Billion for Cycling

March 12, 2012

New York Observer

Transparently Green: Landlords, Tenants, Gear Up for Local Law 84

March 8, 2012

New York Observer

Olympics Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be: Study

March 1, 2012

Bloomberg News

London’s Poorest Area Waits for Olympics

February 27, 2012


Green is the New Value-Add

February 8, 2012

Real Estate Weekly

Schack Institute to Host Sustainability Conference

February 8, 2012


Summit: Great Need for LI Housing Options

January 23, 2012


Urban Green Council Announces the EBies

December 1, 2011

Commercial Property Executive Magazine

Industry Innovators: CPE Executive of the Year, Rising Star

December 1, 2011

The Real Deal

Sustainability 2.0

November 21, 2011

Fortune Magazine

Energy Efficiency: Plenty of Data: Many Confused Landlords

October 25, 2011

New York Real Estate Journal

NYU Schack Center for the Sustainable Built Environment Marks Milestone

October 10, 2011

Commercial Property Executive Magazine

Awards: Six Achievers Find Success Despite the Difficult Economy

September 12, 2011


Green Big Apple

July 22, 2011

CNN Money

Energy Efficiency Plan: Hire Someone Else to Pay the Bill?

July 17, 2011

New York House Magazine

Q&A with Constantine Kontokosta

May 9, 2011

National Real Estate Investor

Penn Students Take Top Prize in NYU Sustainable Competition

May 1, 2011

Green Real Estate Daily

Expert Q&A

April 22, 2011

Commercial Property Executive Magazine

10 Rising Stars in 2011

March 4, 2011

Green Real Estate

UNEP-SBCI and NYU Schack Institute’s Center for the Sustainable Built Environment Forge New Partnership to Reduce the Global Carbon Footprint

February 19, 2011

The Capitol

Clean-Tech Job Growth Seen as Solution for State’s Economic Development Mess

January 5, 2011

China Civil Engineering Society

How Sustainable is LEED?

January 2, 2011

Crain’s New York

LEED, the Gold Standard for Green Buildings, Is under Fire