Fabio is the director of the Venice and Santa Fe Project Centers, as well as the founder and director of City Lab, an interdisciplinary research laboratory dedicated to Urban Technology and Information Systems. In addition to a number of scientific papers, his work has been repeatedly featured in National Geographic magazine (most recently in the August 2009 issue), MIT’s Technology Review magazine, the Smithsonian magazine, Wired, New Scientist and Science. He was also featured on BBC Radio and in a National Geographic video completely dedicated to his work in his hometown of Venice, Italy.
Ever since he earned his Ph.D. degree in Urban Information Systems and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a dissertation entitled “City Knowledge: an emergent information infrastructure for sustainable urban maintenance, management and planning”, Fabio’s main research focus has been on emergent systems and in particular on the gradual and systematic accumulation of urban and environmental information for the creation of comprehensive municipal information infrastructures that will sustainably and continually support maintenance, management and planning operations, as well as education and outreach. He is currently working on the creation of Venipedia.org, which contains twenty years of detailed geospatial data collected by over 600 WPI students who produced over 130 research projects in Venice since 1988.
Professional Highlights & Honors
Fabio Carrera, teaching professor and director of the Venice Project Center for 30 years, was interviewed for a lengthy feature story in The Guardian (UK) about the negative impact of tourism on Venice. In this article, Carrera, who tracks tourism flow and believes Venice’s maximum capacity for tourists per day should be better managed, noted that “no other city faces a bigger tourism challenge.”
The Wall Street Journal cites data collected by Fabio Carrera, global studies teaching professor, in an article about Venice, Italy’s declining residential and tourist population.