QS World University Rankings place MIT No. 1 in 12 of 48 subject areas
MIT named No. 1 university worldwide for architecture/built environment, No. 4 for art and design
SPURS Fellows serve as agents of change in international development.
Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies celebrates 50th anniversary
Electrodes on the face and jaw pick up otherwise undetectable neuromuscular signals triggered by internal verbalizations.
Computer system transcribes words users “speak silently”
With a new multimedia website, landscape architecture professor Anne Whiston Spirn makes a secret garden public and explores how ideas create form.
Garden of ideas
Research project finds humans, not bots, are primarily responsible for spread of misleading information.
Study: On Twitter, false news travels faster than true stories
The Excellence in Public Service Awards recognize outstanding public service achievements by DUSP graduates.
The DUSP Fund for Excellence in Public Service
The collection features groundbreaking projects from pioneers working at the intersection of art, science, and technology.
Digital archive showcases work from the Center for Advanced Visual Studies
Appointment recognizes Thompson's expertise in urban politics and coalition building.
J. Phillip Thompson named deputy mayor of New York City
Examination of facial-analysis software shows error rate of 0.8 percent for light-skinned men, 34.7 percent for dark-skinned women.
Study finds gender and skin-type bias in commercial artificial-intelligence systems
New connector helps faculty, student startups launch in China.
MIT launches Future City Innovation Connector
MIT senior Yazmin Guzman wants to change the educational landscape to provide opportunities to all K-12 students.
Sealing the cracks in public education
Professor emeritus in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and co-founder of the MIT Center for Real Estate (CRE), Bacow will assume the Harvard presidency later this year.
Lawrence Bacow '72, DUSP professor emeritus, named President of Harvard University
In MIT talk, prominent philosopher urges self-reflection to keep academic institutions vital and fair.
Cornel West advocates the “examined life” on campus
Brent Ryan's new book calls for a more pluralistic, democratic vision of the city.
A manifesto for designing cities
Smart furniture transforms spaces in tiny apartments into bedrooms, work spaces, or closets.
Robotic interiors
As construction begins on the next-generation Vassar Street home for MIT undergraduates, lead designer and Architecture lecturer Michael Maltzan shares his aspirations for the building.
Construction begins on a new student residence on Vassar Street
A new Miniaturized Neural Drug Delivery System from MIT Media Lab’s Conformable Decoders group could be used to treat neurological disorders that affect specific brain regions.
Ultrathin needle can deliver drugs directly to the brain
MIT’s Janelle Knox-Hayes studies the cultural issues behind climate policy.
One planet, many climate plans. Why?
Using electric fields to manipulate droplets on a surface could enable high-volume, low-cost biology experiments.
Programmable droplets
Learn more about the SA+P community’s commitment to building a better world.
The MIT Campaign for a Better World
Computational method improves the resolution of time-of-flight depth sensors 1,000-fold.
New depth sensors could be sensitive enough for self-driving cars
New Real Estate Price Dynamics Research Platform from the MIT Center for Real Estate offers predictive power to investors.
Turning real estate data into decision-making tools
Platform analyzes big data to answer plain-language business queries in minutes instead of months.
Inventing the “Google” for predictive analytics
Ghost stories and digital technologies meet in the work of Rome Prize winner Brandon Clifford.
Using ancient knowledge to create contemporary architecture
MIT-designed tool lets people test realistic changes to local transit networks.
3Q: Chris Zegras on designing your city’s transit system
Five join the SA+P faculty, while 10 are recognized for work in art, architecture, urbanism, and design.
Faculty additions and promotions at the School of Architecture and Planning
Visiting Artist B. Stephen Carpenter II examines issues of access, privilege and the global water crisis.
Using art to disrupt systems of oppression
Study of solar pump technology use in India assesses technical performance and explores innovative business cases to increase user adoption.
MIT researchers release evaluation of solar pumps for irrigation and salt mining in India
Focused laser beam could help scientists map connections among neurons that underlie behavior.
Next-generation optogenetic molecules control single neurons
Bruno Verdini leads a popular new class on negotiation skills.
“A good negotiator can be exactly who you are"
Energy-efficient construction is key to lowering urban emissions, study finds.
How cities can fight climate change most effectively
Andorra funds MIT Media Lab technologies that, in turn, help improve the nation’s cities.
Small European nation becomes a “living lab” for urban innovation researchers