Carlo Ratti is a civil engineer and architect who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the SENSEable City Laboratory. This lab studies the built environment of cities -- from street grids to plumbing and garbage systems -- using new kinds of sensors and hand-held electronics that have transformed the way we can describe and understand cities.
Other projects flip this equation -- using data gathered from sensors to actually create dazzling new environments. The Digital Water Pavilion, for instance, reacts to visitors by parting a stream of water to let them visit. And a new project for the 2012 Olympics in London turns a pavilion building into a cloud of blinking interactive art.
Ajit Jaokar founder of FutureText, editor OpenGardens Ajit Jaokar is founder of London bases research company futuretext (www.futuretext.com) Also, Ajit is co-chair of Oxford University's Next Generation Mobile Forum and editor of the blog 'OpenGardens'More
Tim Campbell Chairman (Urban Age Institute) Tim Campbell has worked for more than 35 years in urban development with experience in scores of countries and hundreds of cities in Latin America, South and East Asia...More
Dan Hoornweg Urban Advisory Unit - World Bank Dan Hoornweg is a lead urban specialist in the Bank's central Urban Advisory Unit. He has more than twenty years experience working in and with cities. He joined the World Bank in 1993...More
Prod Laquian University of British Columbia Prod Laquian is an emeritus professor of human settlement at the University of British Columbia, and author of Beyond Metropolis, a book exploring ways to improve the lives of slum-dwellers...More
Hannu Penttilä Deputy Mayor of Helsinki Hannu Penttilä has served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki since 2008, in charge of City Planning and Real Estate. He was elected to office as a member of the Social Democratic Party...More
Ronald Maclean-Abaroa Former mayor of La Paz Ronald MacLean Abaroa is a Bolivian politician and leading international expert in anti-corruption programs. MacLean-Abaroa was the first democratically elected mayor of La Paz, Bolivia...More