The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed — alongside the tools we use to design them and their impact on their physical structure. At Made in Space Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through his projects at the SENSEable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which he directs, and the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati, which he founded.
An architect and engineer by training, Carlo is a leading voice in the debate on how new technologies impact urban life. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Venice Biennale, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, 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 also been included in Wired’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. Carlo is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, and as a special advisor on urban innovation to the European Commission.