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Is the Internet Bringing Us to the Middle Ages? / Deyan Sudjic's Response to the Curatorial Statement of the Shenzhen Biennale(UABB) 2019

07:00 - 16 May, 2019
Is the Internet Bringing Us to the Middle Ages? / Deyan Sudjic's Response to the Curatorial Statement of the Shenzhen Biennale(UABB) 2019, Netherlandish Proverbs, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1559, a photographic reproduction by Google Cultural Institute
Netherlandish Proverbs, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1559, a photographic reproduction by Google Cultural Institute

What happens when the sensor-imbued city acquires the ability to see – almost as if it had eyes? Ahead of the 2019 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB), titled "Urban Interactions," Archdaily is working with the curators of the "Eyes of the City" section at the Biennial to stimulate a discussion on how new technologies – and Artificial Intelligence in particular – might impact architecture and urban life. Here you can read the “Eyes of the City” curatorial statement by Carlo Ratti, the Politecnico di Torino and SCUT. If you are interested in taking part in the exhibition at UABB 2019, submit your proposal to the “Eyes of the City” Open Call by May 31st, 2019: www.eyesofthecity.net

Without the city, modernity could never have been invented.  What we are in the midst of discovering now is whether modernity can survive in a city transformed by the digital revolution. The village may offer security and community, but what it does not allow its inhabitants is the possibility of being different, a phenomenon that is as true now as it was during the witch-burning era. 

Steven Holl and Carlo Ratti Among Final Teams for Sydney's Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta

05:00 - 9 May, 2019
Steven Holl and Carlo Ratti Among Final Teams for Sydney's Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta , MAAS Project. Image Courtesy of NSW Government
MAAS Project. Image Courtesy of NSW Government

Six design teams have been shortlisted in the competition for the landmark new Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta, Sydney. The Powerhouse Precinct is the largest cultural infrastructure project in Australia. The competition is focused on a 24-hour museum that will showcase Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) collection. The project aims to transform one of Australia’s oldest cultural institutions, setting an international benchmark in cultural precinct design.

The Extraction Infrastructure Web / J. Meejin Yoon's Response to Curatorial Statement at Shenzhen Biennale (UABB) 2019

04:00 - 9 May, 2019
The Extraction Infrastructure Web  / J. Meejin Yoon's Response to Curatorial Statement at Shenzhen Biennale (UABB) 2019, The Extraction Infrastructure Web. Image © J. Meejin Yoon, Alexander Kobald, Borislav Angelov, Valeria Rivera
The Extraction Infrastructure Web. Image © J. Meejin Yoon, Alexander Kobald, Borislav Angelov, Valeria Rivera

What happens when the sensor-imbued city acquires the ability to see – almost as if it had eyes? Ahead of the 2019 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB), titled "Urban Interactions". Archdaily is working with the curators of the "Eyes of the City" section at UABB 2019 to set up a discussion on how new technologies - and Artificial Intelligence in particular - might impact architecture and urban life. Here you can read the “Eyes of the City” curatorial statement by Carlo Ratti, Politecnico di Torino, and SCUT. If you are interested in taking part in the exhibition at UABB 2019, submit your proposal to the “Eyes of the City” open call until May 31st, 2019: www.eyesofthecity.net

Urban development has intensified the development of a national landscape of energy production – a territory that could be called the ‘extraction infrastructure web’. This landscape exists out of sight; obfuscated by a complex distribution of corporate, government and environmental databases. The city benefits from the energy network, while averting its gaze from the social and environmental consequences of the flow of energy from the territories of extraction to the metropolis. 

From the "Eyes on the Street" to the "Eyes of the City"/ Antoine Picon's Response to Curatorial Statement at Shenzhen Biennial 2019

07:00 - 2 May, 2019
From the "Eyes on the Street" to the "Eyes of the City"/ Antoine Picon's Response to Curatorial Statement at Shenzhen Biennial 2019, The evil protagonist of © Fritz Lang's The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse
The evil protagonist of © Fritz Lang's The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse

What happens when the sensor-imbued city acquires the ability to see – almost as if it had eyes? Ahead of the 2019 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB), Archdaily is working with the curators of the "Eyes of the City" section at UABB 2019 to set up a discussion on how new technologies - and Artificial Intelligence in particular - might impact architecture and urban life. Here you can read the “Eyes of the City” curatorial statement by Carlo Ratti, Politecnico di Torino, and SCUT. If you are interested in taking part in the exhibition at UABB 2019, submit your proposal to the “Eyes of the City” open call until May 31st, 2019: www.eyesofthecity.net

Comparisons, transpositions and metaphors can be misleading if one does not unpack carefully their point of departure. The notion that the digital age introduces us to a new regime of "eyes on the street", an expression famously coined by Jane Jacobs, requires understanding exactly what the author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities implied when she used it. For Jane Jacobs, the active presence of city dwellers in the street, their unconscious or conscious monitoring of what was going on in their immediate surroundings was the best way to ensure public safety. "The public peace — the sidewalk and the street peace— of cities is not kept primarily by the police, necessary as police are. It is kept primarily by an intricate, almost unconscious, network of voluntary controls and standards among the people themselves, and enforced by the people themselves," wrote Jane Jacobs.

We Are Looking Back! / Yung Ho Chang's Response to Curatorial Statement at Shenzhen Biennial 2019

05:20 - 23 April, 2019
We Are Looking Back! / Yung Ho Chang's Response to Curatorial Statement at Shenzhen Biennial 2019, Installation Looking for Palladio. Image© FCJZ
Installation Looking for Palladio. Image© FCJZ

Archdaily is working with the "Eyes of the City" curatorial team, to publish a series of articles by international architects, designers, writers and thinkers who will discuss the ways in which new technologies - and Artificial Intelligence in particular - might impact architecture and urban life. After the publication of the curatorial statement by Carlo Ratti, Politecnico di Torino and SCUT, we are hosting a text by Chinese architect Yung Ho Chang, curator of the first edition of Shenzhen Biennale in 2005. The open call for proposals for the “Eyes of the City” will run from April 1st to May 31st: www.eyesofthecity.net

Eyes of the City: Carlo Ratti, Politecnico di Torino and SCUT on Their Curatorial Theme of Shenzhen Biennale 2019

07:00 - 10 April, 2019
Eyes of the City: Carlo Ratti, Politecnico di Torino and SCUT on Their Curatorial Theme of Shenzhen Biennale 2019, MIT and AMS - Laserscape
MIT and AMS - Laserscape

Opening ‪on December 15th, 2019 in Shenzhen, China, "Urban Interactions" is the 8th edition of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB). The exhibition consists of two sections, namely “Eyes of the City” and “Ascending City”, which will explore the evolving relationship between urban space and technological innovation from different perspectives. The “Eyes of the City" section features MIT professor and architect Carlo Ratti as Chief Curator and Politecnico di Torino-South China University of Technology as Academic Curator. The "Ascending City" section features Chinese academician Meng Jianmin and Italian art critic Fabio Cavallucci as Chief Curators.

Archdaily is working with the "Eyes of the City" curatorial team, to publish a series of articles by international architects, designers, writers and thinkers who will discuss the ways in which new technologies - and Artificial Intelligence in particular - might impact architecture and urban life. The open call for proposals for the “Eyes of the City” will run from April 1st to May 31st: www.eyesofthecity.net

Carlo Ratti Unveils Structure Grown from Mushrooms at Milan Design Week

12:00 - 9 April, 2019
© Marco Beck Peccoz
© Marco Beck Peccoz

Carlo Ratti Associati, working in collaboration with energy company Eni, has developed an architectural structure made of mushrooms, unveiled at Milan Design Week. “The Circular Garden” was grown from soil made over the past six weeks, and will be returned to the soil at the end of the month. The structure is composed of a series of arches adding up to a 1-kilometer-long mycelium, experimenting with sustainable structures that can grow organically.

© Marco Beck Peccoz © Marco Beck Peccoz © Marco Beck Peccoz © Marco Beck Peccoz + 29

Shenzhen 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture - “Eyes of the City” Exhibition Section - Call for Submissions

07:50 - 1 April, 2019
Shenzhen 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture - “Eyes of the City” Exhibition Section - Call for Submissions , Thanks to the most recent advances in digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence, architectural space is acquiring the full ability to “see.” What are the consequences of the “Eyes of the City” scenario? (Credits: MIT and AMS - www.roboat.org)
Thanks to the most recent advances in digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence, architectural space is acquiring the full ability to “see.” What are the consequences of the “Eyes of the City” scenario? (Credits: MIT and AMS - www.roboat.org)

We, the curators of the Carlo Ratti/South China-Torino Lab (Politecnico di Torino-South China University of Technology CUT) team, are pleased to announce the Open Call for proposals to participate in the “Eyes of the City” exhibition section in the framework of the 2019 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB). We invite international architects, planners, designers, philosophers, thinkers, scientists, companies, educational institutions, research laboratories, think-tanks and students to submit their proposals from April 1st to May 31st, 2019. The Open Call will accept proposals for design projects, research projects and critical essays that will form the core of the “Eyes of the City” exhibition section, that will be hosted in UABB’s main venue.

Download the information related to this competition here.

Carlo Ratti Reveals Design for the Italian Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020

09:00 - 18 March, 2019
Carlo Ratti Reveals Design for the Italian Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020, © Carlo Ratti Associati
© Carlo Ratti Associati

Carlo Ratti Associati has published details of their competition-winning design for the Italian Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020, designed in collaboration with Italo Rota, Matteo Gatto, and F&M Ingegneria. Inspired by Dubai’s marine tradition, the pavilion’s construction sequence will see three boats arrive in Dubai by sea, before being raised and turned upside down to become the roof of the pavilion.

Titled “Sailing Beauty,” the pavilion seeks to explore new ways in which “beauty connects people,” embodying the theme of Italy’s participation in Dubai Expo 2020. The pavilion also pays tribute to the long history of explorers throughout the centuries who “sailed the seas and wove together a shared Mediterranean cultural heritage.”

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Carlo Ratti Associati Designs Self-Driving Robotic Bar

09:00 - 15 January, 2019
Carlo Ratti Associati Designs Self-Driving Robotic Bar, Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati
Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati

Carlo Ratti Associati has teamed up with Makr Shakr, the world’s leading producer of robotic bartending systems, to design a driverless robotic bar which “aims to propose new on-demand ways to enjoy leisure in cities.” GUIDO (Italian for “I drive”) features two mechanical arms with the ability to precisely prepare and serve drinks in seconds, mounted atop an autonomous vehicular platform.

Self-driving technology allows GUIDO to weave through the built environment, responding to bookings from a customer app. As orders are placed through the app, GUIDO sources the cocktail’s components from bottles stored on the counter, and prepares the drink on site. GUIDO’s system also performs ID age verification and supports paying via mobile phone.

Carlo Ratti Designs Prefab Housing for Rural India

13:00 - 1 January, 2019
Carlo Ratti Designs Prefab Housing for Rural India, Livingboard. Image Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati
Livingboard. Image Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati

Architecture practice Carlo Ratti Associati has designed a low-cost prefabricated housing system for Indian non-profit WeRise. The new "Livingboard" system was made so that homeowners can build any structure they like on top of it. Made as a pilot project to encourage rural housing development, the system is being tested in a village outside Bangalore. As a portable "motherboard", the design provides homeowners prefabricated and flat-packed elements like waste management and water treatment systems.

Carlo Ratti to Curate Biennale for the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Cities

09:00 - 29 November, 2018
Carlo Ratti to Curate Biennale for the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Cities, Roboat. Image © MIT and AMS_www roboat org
Roboat. Image © MIT and AMS_www roboat org

Carlo Ratti has been announced as Chief Curator for the 2019 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. He will join Academic Curators Politecnico di Torino and South China University to critically explore the impact of artificial intelligence on communities and urban space.

The team will investigate “how our relationship with the city might change when buildings become able to respond to our presence.” Ratti’s expertise in the area of future technology and artificial intelligence is reflected in his role within the MIT Senseable City Lab, whose experiments propagate future scenarios for the built environment.

Carlo Ratti to Curate the 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen)

11:22 - 22 November, 2018
Carlo Ratti to Curate the 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen) , Courtesy of Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen)
Courtesy of Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen)

The Organizing Committee of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen) (“UABB (Shenzhen)”) announced the team of Chief Curators of 2019 UABB (Shenzhen), which includes Architect and Director of MIT Senseable City Lab Carlo Ratti, CAE Academician Meng Jianmin and famous curator and art critic Fabio Cavallucci

Carlo Ratti Associati Places 30-Foot-High Tree Inside Renovated Italian Farmhouse

11:00 - 4 October, 2018
Carlo Ratti Associati Places 30-Foot-High Tree Inside Renovated Italian Farmhouse, Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati
Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati

Carlo Ratti Associati has unveiled the "Greenary," a renovated farmhouse designed around a 10-meter-high tree in the countryside near Parma, Northern Italy. The scheme marks the first step of CRA’s winning 2017 masterplan for the Mutti tomato company, driven by a closer integration between nature and the built environment.

The 50-year-old Ficus tree, situated within the main living area, is encircled by stepped areas rising to the treetop, creating six domestic spaces. The house will be coupled with a factory developed in close architectural continuity, due to their physical proximity.

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BAF win National Library Tainan, Taiwan

06:00 - 20 September, 2018
BAF win National Library Tainan, Taiwan, Taiwan National Library. Image Courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti
Taiwan National Library. Image Courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti

Bio-Architecture Formosana (BAF) together with Carlo Ratti Associatti have won the international competition for the Southern branch of the Taiwan National Library and Repository in Tainan, Taiwan. With the concept of "Library as a Town", the team created a proposal for a new public building that will accommodate a library, book museum and a joint archives center. Selected among nine competitors, the winning design will be placed in the southern part of Taiwan in the XinYing District. The proposal is made to investigate the role of the library in the future.

Taiwan National Library. Image Courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti Taiwan National Library. Image Courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti Taiwan National Library. Image Courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti Taiwan National Library. Image Courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti + 15

Carlo Ratti Associati's Proposed Milan Science Campus Features Robotically-Assembled Brick Facades

12:00 - 7 August, 2018
Carlo Ratti Associati's Proposed Milan Science Campus Features Robotically-Assembled Brick Facades, Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati
Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati

Carlo Ratti Associati has released details of their schematic design for the University of Milan’s new science campus, featuring robotically-assembled brick facades, porous communal areas, and natural oases. Working in collaboration with Australian real estate group Lendlease, the “Science for Citizens” proposal will sit within a new Milan Innovation District, located on the site of Milan’s 2015 World Expo.

Located within this new district, and home to over 18,000 students and 2,000 researchers, the “Science for Citizens” proposal seeks to “put forward a vision for an open campus that becomes a testing ground for innovative education while fostering exchanges between the university and the surrounding innovation neighborhood.”

Carlo Ratti's Prototype for Sidewalk Labs Shows How the Design of Streets Could Change in Real Time

13:00 - 18 July, 2018
Carlo Ratti's Prototype for Sidewalk Labs Shows How the Design of Streets Could Change in Real Time, Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati
Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati

Carlo Ratti Associati, working in collaboration with Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, has unveiled their design for a modular paving system named “The Dynamic Street.” Intended to make streets “reconfigurable, safer, and more accessible to pedestrians, cyclists, and tomorrow’s self-driving vehicles,” the project will be on display at Sidewalk Lab’s office and experimentation space in Toronto throughout the summer of 2018.

Manifesting as a series of hexagonal modular pavers, the project explores the various patterns which can be created by reconfiguring modules, with a potential future “allowing a street to create an extra car lane during rush hour before then turning it into a pedestrian-only plaza in the evening.”

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Carlo Ratti's Writing Robot Transforms Your Wall into an Artistic Canvas

12:00 - 6 April, 2018
 Carlo Ratti's Writing Robot Transforms Your Wall into an Artistic Canvas, Courtesy of Gary di Silvio and Giacomo Mangia
Courtesy of Gary di Silvio and Giacomo Mangia

Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) has unveiled Scribit, a “writing robot” which draws images and text on any wall surface, turning office, living, and bathroom walls into a blank canvas for artistic expression. Using in-built engines, Scribit can draw, cancel, and re-draw new content an infinite number of times, allowing users to print different images, messages, or feeds every day.

Scribit is always connected to the internet, allowing users to download, upload or source any online content. Operating in real time, Scribit immediately reproduces any data sent to it by the user, be it a restaurant posting the day’s menu, a financial firm posting stock market updates in its lobby, or an art enthusiast projecting their own content on the living room wall.

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