PLAN 71

In this issue:

The Media Lab's Latest Robot Makes a Splashy Debut

After a video demonstration of a new experimental robot from the Media Lab was posted on YouTube in April, the robot became something of an Internet celebrity. At this writing, the spot has been accessed more than 100,000 times and view...

A New Research Center at the Media Lab

MIT's Media Laboratory has joined with Bank of America to create the Center for Future Banking, a five-year collaboration to which Bank of America has committed $3M - $5M per year. Housed at the Media Lab, the new research center will seek to trans...

Honoring the Stars of the History, Theory and Criticism Program

PhD candidates in the History Theory and Criticism Program of the Department of Architecture significantly cornered the field in humanities research fellowships this year, indicating that the program has become, in the words...

Historian of Eighteenth-Century European Visual Culture

Kristel Smentek has been appointed an assistant professor of art history in the History Theory and Criticism program of the Department of Architecture. An historian of eighteenth-century European visual culture, Smentek specializes...

Taking It to the World

Tony Ciochetti, Professor of the Practice of Real Estate and holder of the Thomas G. Eastman Chair, took over as Academic Director of the Center for Real Estate in July. (Center Director David Geltner, embarking upon a sabbatical, has assumed the title of Rese...

An International Workshop on New Century City Developments

A day-long workshop in Stockholm this spring, co-sponsored by MIT and the Urban Land Institute, explored the forces reshaping cities in the 21st Century and their impact on real estate development, planning and investment.

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A Traveling Exhibit at the Compton Gallery

A traveling exhibit exploring new trends in public school design was on display this summer in the MIT Museum's Compton Gallery. Curated by the AIA New York Committee on Architecture for Education (Umberto Dindo, Chairman), School Buildings –...

Historian, Geographer and Landscape Architect

This fall, James Wescoat Jr. joins the faculty of the Department of Architecture as the Aga Khan Professor in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, a joint program between MIT and Harvard dedicated to the study of Islamic architectur...

Announcing the Results of the Just Jerusalem Competition

Four proposals for the future were chosen this spring as winners in an international competition sponsored by MIT's Jerusalem 2050 Program, a joint initiative of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Center for Inter...

Alumnus Profile: Patrick Kennedy (MSRED’85)

Patrick Kennedy (MSRED'85) is a real estate developer in Berkeley, California, a place whose citizens were once described by the Wall Street Journal as '…torn between a desire to overthrow the US government and a quest for the perfect croissant'.

Upon moving to Berkeley in 1988, K...

Recent Winner of the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture





Alan Berger has been appointed Associate Professor of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Berger is the founding director of P-REX, The Project for Rec...

SA+P Hosts Fritz Haeg's Animal Estates

This spring, the Center for Advanced Visual Studies hosted Los Angeles architect/artist Fritz Haeg and his project Animal Estates, 2008 – part of a series of dwellings designed to welcome animals back to the city.

By creat...

A Gift in Support of Bricks and Mortar

Roger Borovoy (MG'56) knows a good invention when he sees one. That's what nearly half a century of being a patent attorney will teach you.

Having a son for an inventor—Rick Borovoy (AR'96)—probably helps too. 'Rick studied at the Media Lab...

A Pioneer in the Integration of Technology and Design

Sheila Kennedy, a Principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd. (KVA), has been appointed Professor of the Practice in the Department of Architecture.

This spring Kennedy's work was featured in Design and the Elastic...

A New Interactive Sculpture from the Mobile Experience Lab

A cutting-edge interactive sculpture developed by a team from the MIT Mobile Experience Lab, a part of the Design Laboratory, was unveiled this summer at the 74th Pitti Uomo Trade Show, a major fashion event at the Fortezza da B...

A New Wiki Documents All of SA+P's Ongoing Involvement

Two teams of students from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning won acclaim this spring for proposals to help redevelop the cities of Biloxi and New Orleans, both deeply damaged by Katrina. Their efforts are among a host of...

Yung Ho's Three-Part Role in a Major Show on China

The work of Yung Ho Chang, head of the architecture department, is on display at London's Victoria & Albert Museum this summer as part of a major exhibit showcasing the latest in architecture, fashion and graphic design from China....

Developing Tools to Capture and Share the Visual Experience

Ramesh Raskar, an expert in the computational aspects of images and illumination, has been appointed Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences. Raskar is head of the Media Lab's Camera Culture research group, focused on de...