Towards a cyber ecology

  • Carlo Ratti Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (USA)
  • Daniele Belleri CRA – Carlo Ratti Associati
Keywords: biophilia, artificial, internet of things, anthropocene, Carlo Ratti Associati

Abstract

This essay traces how designers are facilitating an extraordinary, double convergence between the natural and artificial worlds. After centuries of conflict, the reality of the Anthropocene and the urgency of climate change demand that we work at the intersection of our environment and our creations. Additionally, the birth of digital technologies and the Internet of Things could give us the tools to manage this interface. The first side of the coin – making the natural world into an artificially-enhanced ‘cyborg’ – has already gained momentum and cultural purchase. The other path – animating the artificial world to make it work in harmony with nature and living things – is a place where we have only just begun to take our first steps. In the design practice CRA – Carlo Ratti Associati’s firsthand work with exhibitions and experiments across the globe, often developed in collaboration with Italo Rota, we have explored two main strategies: animating the artificial with distributed computing or literally incorporating natural elements in design. Our theories are coming from our daily practice, which in turn demands new political, ecological, and evolutionary frameworks to understand the task before us.

Author Biographies

Carlo Ratti, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (USA)

Engineer and Architect, teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He is a co-Founder of the design and innovation office CRA – Carlo Ratti Associati.

Daniele Belleri, CRA – Carlo Ratti Associati

He is a Design Editor. He graduated at the Strelka Institute in Moscow (Russia), and was an Executive Curator at the 8th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzhen. He is a partner at the design and innovation office CRA – Carlo Ratti Associati.

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CRA – Carlo Ratti Associati, VITAE Milan (credit: CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati, 2019). AGATHÓN 08 | 2020
Published
2020-12-27
How to Cite
Ratti, C. and Belleri, D. (2020) “Towards a cyber ecology”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 8(online), pp. 8-19. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/812020.
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