ISE has announced that Carlo Ratti, a leading architect, engineer, inventor, and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will present the ISE Opening Address on 5 February 2018.
Ratti’s speech will follow shortly after the conclusion of the Smart Building Conference during which Ratti will participate in the one-day conference’s closing roundtable discussion.
“I am delighted to be giving the Opening Address at ISE 2018,” said Ratti. “Social and technological developments in the evolution of smart cities and smart buildings are quickly shaping how we must plan to work and live in the future. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences with the ISE audience.”
At MIT, Ratti directs the Senseable City Lab, a research group that explores how new technologies are changing the way we understand, design and live in cities. He is also a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA). Drawing on Ratti’s research at MIT, CRA merges design and urban planning with cutting-edge digital technologies, so as to contribute to the creation of “an architecture that senses and responds”.
Significant achievements of the office include the masterplan for a creative hub in the City of Guadalajara, the Future Food District at Expo Milano 2015, the renovation of the Agnelli Foundation HQ in Turin and the Digital Water Pavilion at Expo Zaragoza 2008, with the latter named among the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’ by Time magazine. Product design projects range from experimental furniture for Cassina to light installations for Artemide and responsive seating systems with Vitra.
In each instance, Ratti’s studio investigated the ways in which new technologies, including digital sensors and portable devices, are changing both the built environment and everyday life. Projects from the studio have also been exhibited in cultural venues including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA and the Istanbul Design Biennial.
Mike Blackman, Integrated Systems Europe managing director, commented: “Carlo Ratti is a perfect fit for ISE as he works in a field that has grown in importance for our exhibitors and attendees. He will bring a unique insight into smart city and smart building development. Not only is he a leading researcher and educator he puts the theory into practice with his award-winning architectural designs and inventions around the world.”
Picture: Daniele Ratti