The Vertical Plotter is a small device travelling on a vertical surface. It’s interactive software allows the real time reproduction of any kind of data and feeds: notes, messages, pictures, graphics. Once received the digital information, the plotter immediately turns it into reality. The aim of the project is to produce a device able to transform any surface into a huge monitor, allowing people to create artworks or memoranda on every surface of their houses and workplaces. Starting from the experience gained on previous models, CRA designed a plotter able to cover large surfaces and to offer the maximum variety of different graphical outputs. Based on a lasercut transparent chassis, the design of the Vertical Plotter has sought to minimize the number of components and simplify as much as possible its assembly and use. Having all the mechanics on board, what is needed to be done externally is solely attaching the cables on the ceiling on both ends. The use of Processing for the generation of content and framework makes the plotter user-friendly, allowing the transformation of any physical surface into a live layer displaying customised data.

Carlo Ratti Associati is a rapidly growing architectural practice based in Turin, Italy, with branches in Boston and London. Drawing on Carlo Ratti’s research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the office is currently involved in many projects across the globe.Embracing every scale of intervention, ranging from city masterplans to furniture design, the work of the practice focuses on revolutionizing the use of digital technologies in our built environment and daily lives.

An  architect  and  engineer  by  training,  Carlo  Ratti  practices  in  Italy  and  teaches  at  the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.


Carlo Ratti, Pietro Leoni, Antonio Atripaldi, Giovanni de Niedehausern, Enrico Gueli, Franco Magni, Walter Nicolino, Levent Ozruh