FOCUSED ON HUMANS RATHER THAN ON TECHNOLOGY
I strongly believe in a city in which technologies are at the service of people, we prefer to call them Senseable Cities. The term Senseable has a double implication, in means sensible and “able to sense”, I think this definition is a better way of explaining our vision, which is focused on humans rather than on technology.
DIRECTOR OF THE MIT SENSEABLE CITY LAB
Architect, Civil Engineer, Inventor, Smart Urbanist & Urban Innovator
Carlo Ratti is an Italian architect, engineer, inventor, educator, and activist who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, where he directs the Senseable City Lab, a research group that explores how new technologies are changing the way we understand, design and ultimately live in cities – exploring “real-time city” by studying the way sensors and electronics relate to the built environment. This lab studies the built environment of cities — from street grids to plumbing and garbage systems – using new kinds of sensors and hand-held electronics that have transformed the way we can describe and understand cities. In his work he employs real-time cartography techniques and other innovative technologies to provide a radically new take on the way we design, use, and experience the modern city. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge. Ratti has been involved several civic initiatives – most notably to preserve Italy’s industrial architecture heritage. He was also the President of the Comitato Valdo Fusi, a people-led initiative to redesign Piazzale Valdo Fusi in Turin, Italy. Recently, he has opened a research center in Singapore as part of an MIT-led initiative on the Future of Urban Mobility. Carlo holds several patents and has co-authored over 250 scientific publications and holds several patents.
His work has been exhibited worldwide such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, GAFTA in San Francisco, The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ratti’s designs inventively bridge digital and physical. The Digital Water Pavilion at the World Expo 2008, Zaragoza; its literally fluid architecture was considered by Time Magazine as one of the “Best Inventions of the Year”. Ratti was named one of the “50 most influential designers in America” by Fast Company and highlighted in Wired Magazine’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.” Ratti has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s ‘2008 Best & Brightest’ list and in Thames & Hudson’s selection of ‘60: Innovators Shaping our Creative Future.’ In 2010, Blueprint Magazine included him as one of the ‘25 People Who Will Change Architecture and Design’, Forbes listed him in the ‘Names You Need To Know’ in 2011. In the same year 2011, Carlo was awarded the Renzo Piano Foundation prize for ‘New Talents in Architecture’. The Italian Minister of Culture also named Carlo as a member of the Italian Design Council – an advisory board to the Italian Government that includes 25 leaders of design in Italy. He is currently serving as a member of the World Economic Forum ‘Global Agenda Council for Urban Management’ and is a curator for the ‘Future Food District’ pavilion for 2015 World Expo in Milan.