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 …