Carlo Ratti Associati is an international design and innovation office based in Torino, Italy, with branches in Boston and London. Drawing on Carlo Ratti’s research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Senseable City Lab, the studio aims to develop innovative design projects, merging high-profile architecture and urban planning with cutting-edge digital technologies, so as to contribute to the creation of intelligent cities and buildings.
Noteworthy achievements at the urban and architectural scale include the masterplan for a creative hub in the City of Guadalajara, the Future Food District at Expo Milano 2015, and the Digital Water Pavilion at Expo Zaragoza 2008 – named “Best Invention of the Year” by Time Magazine. Product design projects range from experimental furniture for Cassina to light installations for Artemide, to responsive seating systems with Vitra. Since 2014, Carlo Ratti Associati has also been involved in the launch of Makr Shakr, a startup developing and commercializing the world’s first robotic bar system.
In all these circumstances, the studio investigated the ways in which new technologies, including digital sensors and portable devices, are changing both the built environment and everyday life. The projects of the studio have been exhibited in cultural venues including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, Istanbul Design Biennial. Throughout the years, the studio has received several awards, including in 2015 the Digital Signage Best Practice Award and the Guinness World Record, both for realizations connected to the Future Food District at Expo Milano.
The works of the practice have been featured in publications worldwide, including The New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, BBC, Wired, Boston Globe, Der Spiegel, Corriere della Sera, Domus.