Interview: Architect Carlo Ratti on Cities and Connection

The engineer, professor and entrepreneur on the future of robotics and humans

Thinker, researcher and entrepreneur Carlo Ratti is particularly passionate about defining life in the cities of the future. His goal is not the conception of bigger and grander cities, but cities that genuinely interact with their citizens—and vice versa. He does this within the context of his job as director of MIT Senseable City Lab, as well as in his own design and innovation firm …

Maison & Objet 2018: Playing With Cities

A selection of games and decor that bring iconic metropolises home

From street signs to familiar buildings, color palettes, bridges and more, many cities around the world are instantly recognizable through their iconic visual components. At this year’s Maison & Objet, we found several ways in which designers are bringing these big cities into homes beyond the traditional souvenir. From card games to puzzles and decal-style artworks, here are a few ways to fit familiar skylines …

Saudi Arabia’s $500 Billion Renewable-Energy-Only Mega City

Announced at the Future Investment Initiative, NEOM might just represent the next generation of urban planning. This future Saudi Arabian mega-city will cost $500 billion to build, connect to Jordan and Egypt and be powered completely by renewable energy (making it one of the largest cities in the world to run without fossil fuel). The first section of the 10,230-square-mile city is slated to be …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The truth about the Five-Second Rule, new more inclusive emoji, an exhibition about jargon and more

1. A New Origin Story for Dogs When, where and how wolves were domesticated and eventually became dogs has always been disagreed upon by scientists. Now, new research suggests our best pals have a different origin story than once thought. Archaeologist and geneticist Greger Larson now believes—after extensive study—that dogs were domesticated not once, but twice. (It makes sense then, that the origin times and …

Sweden is Completely Relocating One of Its Cities

Sweden is currently in the process of relocating its northern city of Kiruna about two miles to the east, taking its 20,000-person population with it. While the undertaking sounds like it would be filled with controversy, criticism and rejection, pretty much everyone is on board. The city is slowly sinking due to the iron mines below it, so the government recently broke ground on a …