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Making cities more livable from a comfort, efficiency and wellness perspective is tied directly into how we pull information from them today. The data that they can provide now will help us understand how to improve design for a better future.

What will it take to make cities smarter and increasingly liveable?

On the one hand, says Carlo Ratti, an architect, engineer and professor at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, cities won’t look much different in the future than they do today, in the same way that Roman cities didn’t differ that much from modern ones.

“What will change, however, is the way we experience cities,” said Ratti. He believes that this change will be due to the comprehensive use of digital technologies.

These technologies have already been introduced into all areas of cities over the past 10 years, and they now form the backbone of a large intelligent infrastructure. According to Ratti, our cities are increasingly turning into “open-air computers”.

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