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Carlo Ratti

Carlo Ratti

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Carlo Ratti, Director of the Senseable City Lab at MIT, is Co-Founder of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati.

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  1. Reinventing Paris
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    Reinventing Paris

    May 5, 2022 Carlo Ratti touts an urban-planning initiative that relies on the interplay between the virtual and physical worlds.

  2. Where Is Dubai Leading Us?
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    Where Is Dubai Leading Us?

    Mar 4, 2022 Carlo Ratti questions the model the city hopes to set for emerging urban centers around the world.

  3. Putting Rio de Janeiro on the Map
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    Putting Rio de Janeiro on the Map

    Jan 18, 2022 Carlo Ratti highlights urban planners’ use of laser scanning to modernize the city’s notorious favelas.

  4. Cities and the Climate-Data Gap
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    Cities and the Climate-Data Gap

    Jan 13, 2022 Robert Muggah & Carlo Ratti remind local governments and urban planners that they can’t manage what they can’t measure.

  5. Can Barcelona Create a New Kind of Tourist Economy?
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    Can Barcelona Create a New Kind of Tourist Economy?

    Dec 15, 2021 Carlo Ratti considers how tourism-dependent economies can grow without straining infrastructure and alienating locals.

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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell

    Exactly one year ago, it was still unclear whether Europeans would be able to come together to support Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. But, following the latest announcements of stepped-up military aid, there can no longer be any doubt about Europe's willingness to furnish what Ukraine needs to win.

    explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.
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    Death or Glory in Russia

    Slavoj Žižek

    The Russian state’s ideological madness and reversion to warlordism have been abetted by a religious fundamentalism that openly celebrates death in the name of achieving a god-like status. As Vladimir Putin’s propagandists are telling Russians, “Life is overrated.”

    traces the religious and intellectual roots of the Kremlin’s increasingly morbid war propaganda.
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    Only the US Congress Can Stop Ukraine from Winning

    Simon Johnson explains why Russia’s best hope now lies with House Republicans’ nonsensical position on the US debt ceiling.
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    What Japanese Deterrence Would Look Like

    Bill Emmott explains what it will take to discourage aggression by North Korea, Russia, and especially China.
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    Getting to Monetary Integration in Latin America

    Camila Villard Duran explains why the vision of a regional unit of account, advanced by Brazil and Argentina, is achievable.
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    The Age of Verbiage

    Arvind Subramanian blames today’s nonstop inundation of expert opinion for undermining the quality of public discourse.
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    Davos Man Has a People Problem

    Antara Haldar suspects that the socially “disembedded” economic logic of globalization has gone as far as it can go.
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    Eliminate the Debt Ceiling

    Willem H. Buiter thinks the US Constitution and common sense argue for a de facto abolition of the cap.
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    Japan’s Fiscal Dilemma

    Takatoshi Ito explains why the country’s deficit-financed spending spree endangers its national security.

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