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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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    Rich Countries Must Meet Their Biodiversity Financing Pledges

    Mary Robinson urges international policymakers to use the upcoming COP16 summit to close the nature-finance gap.
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    Inequality Spurs Democratic Backsliding

    Susan Stokes shows that countries with fairer economies are less likely to succumb to authoritarian populism.
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    Bracing for a More Inflationary World

    Raghuram G. Rajan thinks central banks will remain under pressure to maintain tighter policies over the medium term.
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    The Irrationality of EU Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Daniel Gros argues that Europe should be both subsidizing its own green industries and welcoming low-cost green imports.
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    Do We Need a Plaza Accord 2.0?

    Koichi Hamada thinks that policymakers should instead focus on the benefits provided by a flexible exchange-rate regime.
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    The False Distinction Between Industrial and Economic Policy

    Célestin Monga explains why differentiating between “vertical” and “horizontal” government intervention does not hold water.
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    Don’t Be Fooled by China’s Third Plenum

    Stephen S. Roach reminds Western observers that the Chinese government's real priorities are very different from their own.
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    What the New Left Needs

    Dani Rodrik

    The new left that is emerging in Europe and the US must confront head-on both the new structure of the economy and the productivity imperative. Only then will it turn into the genuine political movement of the future and a credible alternative against today's populist far right.

    sketches a worker-focused economic program that can take the wind out of right-wing populists' sails.
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    What to Make of the New Russia-North Korea Alliance

    Yoon Young-kwan

    A new military alliance between Russia and North Korea has unnerved China as much as it has the United States and its Asian allies, owing to its potential to destabilize all of Northeast Asia. In developing its response, the West should leverage this strategic incongruence between China and its junior allies.

    thinks a new treaty introduces major new risks that could force China to rein in its junior partners.

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