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Prof. Carlo Ratti
  • “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world,” Wired
  • “Names You Need to Know,” Forbes
  • “25 People Who Will Change Architecture and Design,” Blueprint Magazine
  • “Best and Brightest” list, Esquire
Rewiring cities
Prof. Carlo Ratti believes “senseable” cities make sensible cities. The way we understand cities is being drastically transformed due to the layers of digital information now blanketing urban areas, and Carlo is at the forefront of developing new approaches to studying, and harnessing, this data. At MIT’s Senseable City Lab, Carlo designs real-time sensing and control technology that can, for example, analyze sewage samples to predict disease outbreaks or manage traffic flow through intelligent intersections. An architect, engineer, inventor and educator, he’s co-authored over 250 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited at, for example, Barcelona’s Design Museum Barcelona, London’s Science Museum and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. And TIME listed two of his ground-breaking projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – among the “Best Inventions of the Year.”
“Today, for the first time, our environment is starting to talk back to us.”
Carlo’s TED talk