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:
- 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.
- How global flows and local dynamics intersect and shape cities in particularly dynamic cases, such as Bangalore, India.
- The remaking of urban spaces through new forms of conflict and strategies of security.
- The emerging patterns of distributed action in space and new approaches to map them.