Carlo Ratti Becomes Curator of the Architecture Biennale 2025 in Venice

Carlo Ratti, © Sara Magni

Italian architect and engineer Carlo Ratti has been appointed as curator of the 19th International Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2025. Ratti is a founding partner of the architecture and innovation office CRA - Carlo Ratti Associati and Director of the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Smart Cities

As an urban planning specialist, Ratti and his office have set themselves the task of making cities smarter by using technology to utilise the ever-growing amounts of data passing through the urban networks. Senseable Cities are trying to listen to the needs of citizens in order to integrate them into the design of the city. In his statement, Carlo Ratti already hints that the upcoming Biennale will focus on technology: "We architects like to think we are smart, but real intelligence is everywhere. The disembodied ingenuity of evolution, the growing power of computers, and the collective wisdom of the crowd. To face a burning world, architecture must harness all the intelligence around us."

19th International Architecture Biennale 2025

Carlo Ratti has already gained curatorial experience: He has been a program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, a curator of the BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin and a curator of the Future Food District Pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan. He has also been the chief curator of the 8th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzhen (UABB) in 2019, a co-curator of the second Porto Design Biennale in 2021, and the Creative Mediator responsible for the award-winning Urban Vision at the European Nomadic Biennale Manifesta 14 Prishtina in 2022. Now the 19th International Architecture Biennale follows, which will take place in Venice from 24 May to 23 November 2025.

Exhibition: Biennale Architettura 2025
Exhibition venue: Venice (IT)

Exhibition dates: 24. May to 23. November 2025
Pre-opening: 22. and 23. May 2025

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