THE CITY OF TOMORROW
BOOK BY MATTHEW CLAUDEL AND CARLO RATTI
In a series of well-developed essays, architect Carlo Ratti and designer Matthew Claudel (both of MIT’S Senseable City Lab) argue that “the digital revolution is poised to be the most radically disruptive change that has ever recast the design, construction, and operation of our built environment.” Their exploration of the possibilities – presented as “what ifs” rather than hardand-fast predictions – looks closely at the ties between technology, the city and the citizens who inhabit it. In what they refer to as “futurecraft,” a method that uses present conditions to imagine a “fictive but possible future context,” the two cover everything from energy distribution and architecture to mobility and knowledge sharing. With the proliferation of smart phones, data about how we engage with our environment are being collected and uploaded on a continuous basis, turning urban centres into giant networks. As a result, it’s no longer urban planners and designers alone who will impact the direction of change – it will likely be the inhabitants as well.
Yale University Press (hardcover, 180 pages)