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Urban Cities in the Digital Age: How Architecture & Innovation Are Shaping the City of the Future



Urban Cities in the Digital Age:  How Architecture & Innovation Are Shaping the City of the Future

The Georgetown University Italian Research Institute of Georgetown College, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Georgetown University Departments of Italian, and of Art & Art History, cordially invites you to a presentation and discussion on how new technologies are shaping and impacting urban life.



Professor Carlo Ratti 
Director, MIT Senseable City Lab 
Founding Partner International Design and Innovation Practice Carlo Ratti Association

“Urban Cities in the Digital Age: 
How Architecture & Innovation Are Shaping the City of the Future”


Christopher S. Celenza, Ph.D.,Dr.phil. 
Dean of Georgetown College 
Professor, History and Classics 
Georgetown University



Intercultural Center Auditorium 
Georgetown University 
3700 O Street NW 
Washington, DC 20057


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An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Laboratory, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation practice Carlo Ratti Associati. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life, his work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time Magazine as ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, and as special advisor on Urban Innovation to the European Commission


"Urban Cities in the Digital Age: How Architecture & Innovation is Shaping the City of the Future"

The way we live, work, and play is very different today than it was just a few decades ago, thanks in large part to a network of connectivity that now encompasses most people on the planet. In a similar way, today we are at the beginning of a new technological revolution: the Internet is entering the physical space – the traditional domain of architecture and design – becoming an “Internet of Things” or IoT. As such, it is opening the door to a variety of applications that – in a similar way to what happened with the first wave of the Internet - can encompass many domains: from energy to mobility, from production to citizen participation. The contribution from Prof. Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati.



Date: Friday, November 30, 2018

Time: From 6:00 pm To 7:30 pm

Organized by : Georgetown University

In collaboration with : Embassy of Italy, IIC Washington

Entrance : Free


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