THSC | Senseable Cities
Thursday, November 29
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The way we live, work, and play is very different today than it was just a few decades ago, thanks in large part to a network of connectivity that now encompasses most people on the planet.
In a similar way, today we are at the beginning of a new technological revolution: the Internet is entering the physical space, the traditional domain of architecture and design, becoming an “Internet of Things” or IoT. As such, it is opening the door to a variety of applications that, in a similar way to what happened with the first wave of the Internet, can encompass many domains: from energy to mobility, from production to citizen participation.
Professor Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati.
About Carlo Ratti
An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Laboratory, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation practice Carlo Ratti Associati. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life, his work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, and Barcelona’s Design Museum.
Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time Magazine as ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, and as special advisor on Urban Innovation to the European Commission.