Imagine a city in which traffic lights autonomously organise the mobility flows in a city, where dynamic infrastructures know where and when to create temporary bridges during crowded events, and where smart grids independently distribute renewable energy sources. During this session of AMS Science for the City, we look at the future of our increasingly smart urban spaces. Together with special guest and AMS PI Carlo Ratti (MIT Senseable City Lab), we dive into the challenges, possibilities and prospects of senseable and autonomous cities. What is the added value of sensing for the city of Amsterdam? Can we create fully autonomous cities? What will they look like, and what is it like to live in one?
- We start with the special guest of the evening, Carlo Ratti (MIT Boston, Senseable City Lab), who demonstrates some of his Senseable City Lab projects through a future-imaginative, autonomous lens. What does an autonomous city look like?
- Afterwards, Lieke Hamers (Microsoft Nederland, o.a. CityNext), Ren Yee (UN Studio) and Wienke Giezeman (The Things Network), will join Carlo Ratti on stage, to focus on the possibilities for an autonomous Amsterdam. How will our streets, buildings, bridges and parks come to look and function?
- In the second part of the evening, we will look -together with Ivonne Jansen-Dings (Waag Society), Ingrid Mulder (TU Delft) and Ger Baron (CTO Office Amsterdam) – at the implications of autonomous cities on its citizens. How will such sensing and autonomous technologies come to impact our lifes? On which conditions do we want such a city to take shape? And how can we work towards an inclusive and safe autonomous city?
About Carlo Ratti
An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He is also a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati.
At the AMS Institute, Carlo Ratti is Principal Investigator in Intelligent Urban Infrastructures. In that capacity, he was involved in a.o. the development of the Roboat: a fleet of autonomous boats in the canals of Amsterdam, that monitors the environment, provides transportation and enables self-assembling bridges and other urban infrastructures
In the last decade, Carlo has given talks around the world on the theme of Smart Cities. 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 Blueprint Magazine’s ‘25 People who will Change the World of Design’ and in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’.