Carlo Ratti is an Italian architect, engineer, inventor, educator and professor at the MIT 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. Ratti was named one of the “50 most influential designers” by Fast Company and was highlighted in Wired Magazine’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world”.
Ratti’s work has been seminal in the field of intelligent or smart cities. He developed a vision of an “architecture that senses and responds” using new kinds of sensors and hand-held electronics. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, and as special adviser on Urban Innovation to the President and Commissioners of the European Commission. And he has always been an ambassador for sustainability.
MIT Senseable City Laboratory
The MIT Senseable City Laboratory investigates and anticipates how digital technologies are changing the way people live, and their implications on an urban scale. It works on papers that use network analysis and complex science to better understand cities. Founded in 2004, it has grown rapidly and boast tens completed projects, such as the Copenhagen Wheel, a concept that transforms any bicycle into a network-connected e-bike by simply changing a wheel hub, and the Trash Track project, that uses electronic tracking to better understand and optimize flows of waste through cities. And there’s many more to come.