Carlo Ratti Associates is a young firm of architects based in Turin, Boston and London. In Boston the studio is linked to the SENSEable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The studio is currently working on different projects of various scales in different countries.
‘From the Spoon to the City’ as Bauhaus said, the studio focuses on the effects that new technologies have on the landscape and on everyday life in general with particular attention on the aspect of sustainability. Among its most recent projects, is the extension of Cafè Trussardi in Piazza della Scala in Milan, the design of 1,000 emergency homes in Sri-Lanka, The Cloud at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the Digital Water Pavilion for Expo 2008 in Saragoza in Spain. The latter was nominated for Best Invention of the Year by Time Magazine. At the moment the studio is busy working on the Future Food District for Expo Milano 2015 and on experimental furniture for Cassina Spa. The studio is also involved in the realization of a masterplan for the design of new cities in the Gulf, in Russia and in Central America.
Carlo Ratti Associates has received several awards and its work has featured in international media such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Der Spiegel, Discovery Channel, BBC, CNN, Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, Domus and Abitare magazines.
Among the most recent awards, the studio has been nominated by the Renzo Piano Foundation as one of the best emerging architecture firms in Italy, and has also been selected for the project to expand Cavezzo school which is in one of the communities hit by the earthquake of May 2012.