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OFFICE 3.0: 
WORKING IN THE (THERMAL) BUBBLE


International design and innovation firm Carlo Ratti Associati is premiering a personalized heating, cooling and lighting system which follows occupants as they move around the building, like an individually-tailored environment bubble.



The new system – part of the redesign of the Agnelli Foundation headquarters in Torino, Italy - gives shape to a workplace that naturally learns and is synchronized to its users’ needs, thus optimizing space usage and limiting energy waste.

“Today, a lot of energy is wasted heating or cooling empty buildings”, says Carlo Ratti, professor at the MIT in Boston and founder of Carlo Ratti Associati: “By synchronizing energy usage and human occupancy within buildings we can create a more sustainable and responsive architecture – theoretically slashing energy consumption by up to 40%.”

“Sensors and localized climate control are already established features in the car industry", explains John Elkann, Vice Chairman of the Agnelli Foundation and Chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. "With Carlo Ratti Associati we are now exploring how such solutions can impact architecture, using the Internet of Things. The project for the Agnelli Foundation will transform a historical building into a new center open to the city, devoted to learning, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship”.

The building site official kick-off is on 6 June, 2016, and the renovated Agnelli Foundation... 
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Download our award-winning stool design
We had a great time at this year's Salone in Milan! Beyond our robotic sofa and 
#pickyourclimate installation, our new project Swish - a dynamic prototype produced with a CNC machine - won the "Back to Stool" competition organized by Miocugino workshop. The design is open source and ready for making: download Swish here!
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Reading the urban future
Since cities emerged ten thousand years ago, they have become one of the most impressive artifacts of humanity. But their evolution has been anything but linear. In The City of Tomorrow, a new book to be published by Yale University Press later this month, Carlo Ratti and Matthew Claudel offer a vision for our urban future.
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Makr Shakr to shake record-hitting ship
Let's make a toast for the youngest CRA-startup! Makr Shakr's latest Bionic Bar is soon to set sail on the world's biggest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas by Royal Caribbean

MAB + DIS'16
SIDNEY and MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
4 JUNE, 6 JUNE 2016

 
During this Australian tour, Carlo will hold lectures both at the Media Architecture Biennale and at Designing Interactive Systems, two leading events about urban innovation.


 
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
TIANJIN, CHINA
27 JUNE 2016

 
Carlo will join the Annual Meeting of the New Champions, which gathers the next generation of fast-growing enterprises shaping the future of business and society.


 
Harvard Business Review
/ 13 APRIL 2016

 
If work is digital, why do we still go to the office? Carlo and Matthew Claudel try to answer this question on Harvard Business Review, explaining why the "death of distance” may be reversed with the “birth of a new proximity”.
  Wired US 
/ 15 APRIL 2015
 
"Wild Shape-Shifting Sofa Can Be Whatever You Want It to Be” says Wired US of our Lift-Bit project. In case you missed our installation at Salone del Mobile in April, check it out at Milan's Triennale Museum until September 12.
Disegno Magazine
/ 12 APRIL 2016

 
"A solitary top-down Promethean attitude has caractehrised the 20th-century architect. Today, I believe that more collaborative approaches are coming back." Carlo says in this feature on "The death of the author". 
  Corriere della Sera
/ 20 MAY 2016

 
Interviewed by Massimo Sideri, Carlo shares details about his life and his favourite authors - from François Truffaut to Glenn Gould, to Juan Rulfo - in this very personal portrait published by Corriere della Sera.
 
El Pais
/ 5 MAY 2016

 
Digital technologies allow us to be connected anywhere - at least potentially - liberating us from the need of a stable desk. But does the fact that we can work from anywhere really mean we want to? Carlo investigates.
  Le Monde
/ 23 MAY 2016

 
How long do people take to cross the Louvre in Paris? Carlo and Matthew explain how data from our mobile phones can help us both to map visitors' paths inside the museum, and to design new, improved experiences.
CRA is hiring! We are looking for two professional figures to join our team in Torino: an architect/interior designer, and an interaction designer. Please send your CV, cover letter, and portfolio, to jobs@carloratti.com indicating the job title in the subject line. We are looking forward to working with you!
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