SENSEable City Moscow: A New Way to Understand Cities

21.11.2011, 15:04
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The SENSEable City Moscow theme introduction week kicks off today. The theme, led by the architect and researcher Carlo Ratti, aims to create a SENSEable city project for Moscow by collecting, digitizing and analyzing city-wide data and using digital design to offer a concept of the city development on the verge of real and digital.

In the past, Carlo Ratti and his colleagues at MIT have looked at a city around the world (Paris, Rio, Bolzano, Cannes, Copenhagen, etc. among them) and developed a «SENSEable» project there. The studies focus on the built environment of cities, from street grids to plumbing and garbage systems. The data that is collected using new kinds of sensors and hand-held electronics is then digitized. Analyzing the information transforms the way one can describe and understand cities.

Carlo Ratti is an architect and engineer who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the SENSEable City Lab. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. Ratti has co-authored over 100 scientific papers and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, GAFTA in San Francisco, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The supervisors of the theme will be the architect Dasha Paramonova, who was a student of the Preservation theme last year, and Adam Pruden, a research associate for MIT.


This week’s lectures will be given by:

— Stefan Seer (Engineer, Researcher at AIT, Visiting Researcher in MIT Senseable City Lab);

— Eugine Solovyev (IT Specialist, Traffic Teller);

— Nashid Nabian (Architect, Partner in Arsh Design Studio, Post-Doctoral Fellow at MIT SENSEable City Lab, Lecturer at Harvard GSD);

— Jennifer Dunnam (Architect, Researcher in MIT Senseable City Lab),

and many others who will cover the subjects of design, urban cybernetics and even 3D light scanners.