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Video: Real Time City

Carlo Ratti, Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research initiative at the MIT, presents the concept of “Real Time City’ through a series of relative projects, during the World-Information City 2009 conference in Paris.

Carlo Ratti argues that the increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed – alongside the tools we use to design them and impact on their physical structure.

World-Information City Paris 2009 was a two day conference that focused on four major themes within the wide field of new urban geographies:

  1. New theories to reframe the essential role played by mobilities of all kinds. They pose a major challenge to social and urban theories, which often remain implicitly static.
  2. How global flows and local dynamics intersect and shape cities in particularly dynamic cases, such as Bangalore, India.
  3. The remaking of urban spaces through new forms of conflict and strategies of security.
  4. The emerging patterns of distributed action in space and new approaches to map them.