Carlo Ratti

Director, MIT Senseable City Lab; Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati

 

An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab.

Ratti has co-authored over 250 publications and holds several patents.
His work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, MoMA in New York City and MAXXI in Rome.
At the 2008 World Expo, his ‘Digital Water Pavilion’ was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’.
He has been included in Blueprint Magazine's ‘25 People who will Change the World of Design’ and in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world’.
He is curator for the ‘Future Food District’ at Expo Milano 2015.

 

Big Data City - Descrizione dell'intervento del Prof. Ratti  

The amount of data we generate today is impressive. According to some estimates, the amount of data produced from the dawn of civilization up until 2003 is now generated every couple of days - an estimation itself a few years old.
This is the domain of ‘Big Urban Data’. ‘Big Data' can help reveal the pulse of the city as well as its hidden dynamics - a useful instrument in solving a number of urban issues such as traffic, energy consumption, air pollution...
It has big consequences especially when it is ‘open’, as it can be transformed into responses by citizens and government, helping promote behavioral change and civic engagement.  

The contribution from Prof. 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.