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Senseable Cities


#archidesignevents, a series of encounters jointly organized by IAAD and R.B.C., is pleased to invite to host for the first appointment of 2019 the architect and engineer Carlo Ratti, founding partner of the international design firm Carlo Ratti Associati and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

Today we are at the beginning of a new revolution: the Internet is entering physical space – the space of our cities, in the first place – and is transforming itself into the so-called “Internet of Things”, bringing with it new ways in which to interpret, design and live the urban environment. Some people are used to defining this process with the name ‘smart city’. But these are deeper mutations, almost the beginning of a new era: the era of “calm technology” described by the great American computer scientist Mark Weiser. An era in which technology is so ingrained as to become an omnipresent but discreet element. For this reason, it’s better to use the term “sensitive” instead of “Smart”, describing a city capable of focusing on human being rather than technology. A more “human” city, “able to feel” through digital sensors and “sensitive” to the needs of its citizens. This is what we call “Senseable city”.



Carlo Ratti – Biography

An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab and is a founding partner of the international design office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK. He has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s “Best and Brightest” list and in Wired Magazine’s “Smart List.” Blueprint Magazine included him among the “25 People who will Change the World of Design,” and Fast Company named him as one of the “50 Most Influential Designers in America.” Ratti has co-authored over 500 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum in Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – have been included by TIME Magazine in the list of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. As well as being a regular contributor to Project Syndicate, he has written for international media including The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Scientific American, BBC, and others.

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