Carlo Ratti Associati partners with Technogym, Terreform ONE and URBEM to present the Paris Navigating Gym: a fitness vessel that moves along the Seine River by harnessing energy from passengers' workouts.

Can people's workouts become a source of renewable energy in cities?

International design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati, working with the leading fitness equipment manufacturer Technogym, the non-profit architecture group Terreform ONE and the urban regeneration institute URBEM, has unveiled the Paris Navigating Gym project, a human-powered Gym Boat that cruises along the Seine River by using energy sourced from passengers’ workouts. The project was developed in response to a public call organized in the French capital.
The Paris Navigating Gym is a 20-meter long fitness vessel that can host up to 45 people. The fitness area features Technogym’s ARTIS machines – a special typology of sports equipment that harnesses human energy and makes it available to further uses. 

By doing exercise on the ARTIS bikes and cross trainers, guests can seamlessly contribute to powering the boat, which in turn will sail along the Seine on its route through the city, providing access to anybody who wants it. 

"The Paris Navigating Gym investigates the potential of harnessing human power, at the same time producing a new urban experience and envisioning ways to further integrate the river in the city’s mobility infrastructure”, says Carlo Ratti, director of the MIT Senseable City Lab in Boston and a founding partner of Carlo Ratti Associati.

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most newsworthy and searched-for players in the design world", the two most popular projects have been "Light Traffic" - MIT Senseable City Lab's new model of road intersections - and Carlo Ratti Associati's "Future Food District", the thematic pavilion and hi-tech supermarket presented at Expo Milano 2015 in collaboration with COOP.

Joining the Business of Design Week, a leading event in the Asian creative scene, Carlo will give a talk on the impact of digital technologies on urban environment and human interactions. This year's guest list includes architects Michele De Lucchi and Carol Ross Barney.

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Read this to explore FICO, Eataly's innovative food park set to open in Bologna in 2017. The area designed by CRA will be the complex’s “most interesting experience”, writes Bloomberg’s Kate Krader.
  Wired UK
/ 7 NOVEMBER 2016

How autonomous vehicles will change our roads infrastructure? Wired asked a group of international visionaries - among them, Carlo Ratti and Anthony Townsend - to share their takes on the future of mobility.
The Globe and Mail
/ 4 NOVEMBER 2016

Driverless cars can potentially fix traffic jams and make parking lot obsolete. They might even eliminate traffic lights, as with the “Light Traffic” project by the MIT Senseable City Lab. The Globe and Mail reports. 
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/ 21 NOVEMBER 2016

The world of furniture is changing, providing all kinds of connectivity. This review of tech design pieces includes Lift-Bit, our shape-shifting, responsive seating system developed with the support of Vitra.
El Pais
/ 13 NOVEMBER 2016

In this video interview for El Pais, Carlo comments on the World Economic Forum’s Top 10 Urban Innovations that will unfold in the near future: from sharing economy to “Waternet” – an Internet of water.
/ 2 NOVEMBER 2016

"A lagoon that was once one of the most neglected bodies of water in Florida will be getting new lungs”, writes Seeker about our master plan for West Palm Beach’s Currie Park, which features a hi-tech floating plaza.

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