Seated at the top table when it comes to the white-hot debate around smart technologies and how they can – and will – shape the development of our cities, architect Carlo Ratti gives a not-to-be-missed opening address at ISE 2018.

Architect Carlo Ratti; photo Daniele Ratti

This man is seeing things: Carlo Ratti | News

Architect Carlo Ratti; photo Daniele Ratti


It's perhaps no surprise that a man who's established himself as one of the world's leading experts in the relation between new technologies and the built environment – and their increasing integration – should himself be so supremely networked and embedded when it comes to his professional life.

We’re talking about Italian architect Carlo Ratti, whose CV would leave only the most churlish unimpressed. Director of MIT’s Senseable City Lab and founding partner of the Turin-, New York- and London-based office Carlo Ratti Associati – whose innovation-led, total approach to shaping our material world sees interventions across the board and scale, from furniture design to urban planning – Ratti sharpened his academic teeth at such august institutions as the University of Cambridge and the Politecnico di Torino. He’s the ultimate example of how paradigm-shifting change happens when research and praxis engage in a fluent dialogue.

Ratti takes to the stage at this year’s ISE fair in Amsterdam, ready to challenge and inspire. For him, architecture must exceed its traditional boundaries and engage with such disciplines as electronics, mathematics, biology and the social sciences. “The architect’s role today is not to provide the solution; it is to provide different possibilities for the future.”

Find out why Wired Magazine named Carlo Ratti one of the 50 people who will change the world.

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Integrated Systems Europe 2018
6–9 February
RAI Amsterdam

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