The way we live, work and play today is very different from a few decades ago, thanks to the 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 physical space - the traditional domain of architecture and design - and becoming the "Internet of Things". As such, it opens the door to a variety of applications which - as was the case with the first wave of the Internet - can cover many areas: manufacturing, energy or mobility. Carlo Ratti's lecture will address these issues from a critical perspective through the Senseable City Laboratory project, a research initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the design firm Carlo Ratti Associati.
Carlo Ratti, architect and engineer, head of the Senseable City Lab at MIT's Digital Lab, focuses on the impact of new technologies on the shape of cities. He is a founding partner of Carlo Ratti Associati, co-author of more than 500 publications, and his work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum in Barcelona, and MoMA in New York, to name a few.