Moderator AMS Science for the city: Carlo Ratti

Date(s) - 05-feb 2018
20:00 - 22:00

Pakhuis de Zwijger

What happens to cities and citizens when smart technologies start making their own decisions?

Imagine a city in which traffic lights autonomously organise the mobility flows in a city, where dynamic infrastructures know where and when to create temporary bridges during crowded events, and where smart grids independently distribute renewable energy sources. During this session of AMS Science for the City, we look at the future of our increasingly smart urban spaces. Together with special guest and AMS PI Carlo Ratti (MIT Senseable City Lab), we dive into the challenges, possibilities and prospects of senseable and autonomous cities. What is the added value of sensing for the city of Amsterdam? Can we create fully autonomous cities? What will they look like, and what is it like to live in one?

The use of sensors inĀ urban spaces is an increasingly known feature inĀ cities all over the worldĀ (think of the vehicle detectionĀ loops used atĀ high ways andĀ traffic lights; but also of theĀ security sensors installed in the streets of Eindhoven). And the next step, towards autonomous cities, is not even that far out of reach. AnĀ example is theĀ Roboat, developed by AMS Institute and MIT: a fleet of autonomous boats in theĀ canals of Amsterdam, that monitors the environment, provides transportation and enables self-assembling bridges and other urban infrastructures.

Carlo Ratti & The Senseable City Lab

Special guest of the evening is ProfessorĀ Carlo Ratti, an architect and engineer by training,Ā whoĀ teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he directs theĀ Senseable City Lab. He is alsoĀ aĀ founding partner of the international design and innovation officeĀ Carlo Ratti Associati. At the AMS Institute, Carlo Ratti is Principal Investigator in Intelligent Urban Infrastructures.

In the last decade, Carlo has given talks around the world on the theme of Smart Cities. Two of his projects (theĀ Digital Water PavilionĀ and theĀ Copenhagen Wheel) were hailed by Time Magazine as ā€˜Best Inventions of the Yearā€™. He has been included in Blueprint Magazineā€™s ā€˜25 People who will Change the World of Designā€™ and in Wired Magazineā€™s ā€˜Smart List: 50 people who will change the worldā€™.

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