Carlo Ratti / Carlo Ratti Associati, MIT Urban Planning

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
March 4, 2015 - 5:30pm

Carlo Ratti will present a lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4. The lecture is free and open to the public. Ratti is the Spring 2015 Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School. An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy where is a partner at Carlo Ratti Associati and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. Ratti graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Ratti holds several patents and has co-authored over 250 publications. As well as being a regular contributor to the architecture magazine Domus and the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, he has written for the BBC, La Stampa, Scientific American and The New York Times. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum in Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, GAFTA in San Francisco and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Ratti has been featured in Esquire magazine’s 2008 Best & Brightest list and in Thames & Hudson’s selection of 60 innovators shaping our creative future. In 2010, Blueprint magazine included him as one of the 25 People Who Will Change the World of Design, Forbes listed him as one of the Names You Need To Know in 2011 and Fast Company named him as one of the 50 Most Influential Designers in America. He was also featured in Wired magazine’s Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world. His “Digital Water Pavilion” at the 2008 World Expo was hailed by TIME magazine as one of the Best Inventions of the Year. In 2011, Ratti was awarded the Renzo Piano Foundation prize for New Talents in Architecture.

Ratti has been a presenter at TED (2011), program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, curator of the 2012 BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin and was named Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland Government. The Italian Minister of Culture also named Ratti as a member of the Italian Design Council – an advisory board to the Italian Government that includes 25 leaders of design in Italy. He is currently serving as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management and is a curator for the Future Food District pavilion for 2015 World Expo in Milan.