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“Visualizing the Invisible Dimensions of Mobility” with Carlo Ratti

March 5, 2014 | 6:00 PM
Price: N/A
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

“Visualizing the Invisible Dimensions of Mobility” with Carlo Ratti

The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed—alongside the tools we use to design them and the impact on their physical structure. Studying these changes from a critical point of view and anticipating them is the goal of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a new research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Every second, humanity is creating an explosion of “big data.” Every two days, we create more data than all humans throughout history. Most of this wealth of data is static. But as we map this shimmering digital layer of information back on to the city, its urban spaces begin to speak back to us. A complex mesh of systems and people weave tightly to form a dynamic, sentient space, bringing to light the invisible dimensions of mobility.

Carlo Ratti is the director of the MIT SENSEable City Laboratory.

This lecture is part of Traffic Advisory, a component of Overhaul: the 2013-2014 Transportation Series, organized by the Boston Society of Architects, the Boston Foundation for ArchitectureBoston’s Green Ribbon Commission, and the Barr Foundation.