Carlo Ratti ph. Brendan Zhang Morning Future
Imagining Video 28 March Mar 2018 0830 28 March 2018

Carlo Ratti: in the "senseable" cities of the future, success is shaped like a T

Video interview with one of Italy's most highly acclaimed architects worldwide: "The most successful professions in the "senseable" cities of the future will be those connected with care and creativity". How can we prepare? "The secret lies in a letter"

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"Many people talk about smart cities, but I prefer to talk about "senseable cities": sensitive cities capable of feeling and of responding to citizens' needs," says architect and engineer Carlo Ratti, co-founder of the CRA design and innovation studio and director of the MIT Senseable City Lab in Boston. Mr Ratti has also written "The City of Tomorrow: Sensors, Networks, Hackers, and the Future of Urban Life " (2017, ed. Einaudi), in collaboration with Matthew Claudel.

According to Mr Ratti, this sensitive, feeling city will have an ever greater impact on the labour market and on the way we work. "Drivers, for example, will disappear, with the advent of self-driving cars. Instead, the most successful professions will be those connected with mutual care and creativity". Mr Ratti has two special tips for young people today: "Listen to Steve Jobs' speech at Stanford University and focus on T-shaped skills”. But what exactly are they? Mr Ratti explains all in this video interview.

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