PSFK interviewed architect, engineer and future visionary Carlo Ratti about working with technology and nature to transform the urban jungle

Carlo Ratti has big plans for our cities: how we might make better use of shared space, more effectively manage and repurpose waste, and generate electricity at zero net energy cost—all while making our surroundings more beautiful and inviting. This forward thinking makes him something of a regular on PSFK, as his design firm Carlo Ratti Associati was behind concepts for the AR-driven Supermarket of the Future, a floating gym powered along a river by the people working out on it and a drone painting system that crowdsources graffiti art. With an emphasis on sustainability and an eye toward the sharing economy, Ratti’s projects articulate how rising technologies like IoT and autonomous vehicles are poised to change the way we live our lives collectively.

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