PLAN 72

In this issue:

A Gift to Honor Mentors

At the urging of Tom Beischer (PhD'04) – an alumnus of the school's program in the History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture (HTC) – the Beischer family has established a fund to support the program's forum in the Department of Architecture. The fund...

Energy-Harvesting Textiles Deliver Power to the Developing World

A groundbreaking energy project directed by Sheila Kennedy, newly-appointed Professor of the Practice of Architecture and a founding principal of KVA MATx, a Boston architecture firm, has been selected by California’s pres...

More Than Two Dozen New Titles

Escape from Empire: The Developing World's Journey through Heaven and Hell. Alice Amsden. (MIT Press, 2007). Amsden argues that the more freedom a developing country has to determine its own policies, the faster its economy will g...

Media Lab Researcher Hosts New TV Program

Jeff Lieberman, a PhD candidate in media arts and sciences, is the host of a new TV series that uses visual technologies to explore phenomena outside human perception.

Premiered in October on the Discovery Channel, Time Warp use...

New Head, Department of Urban Studies and Planning


In January, Amy Glasmeier will take over as head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the longest-running continuous planning program in the United States, repeatedly ranked #1 in the nation. She is the twelfth dep...

Polenske’s Prize-Winning Book Gets a Rave from the Sloan Foundation

Karen Polenske's book The Technology-Energy-Environment-Health (TEEH) Chain in China (Springer, 2006) has won the Sloan Industry Studies Best Book Award for 2007-2008. The Best Book Award carries with it an hon...

Christopher Janney, SM’78

Alumnus Christopher Janney (SM'78) is an architect who makes music, a musician who designs buildings and an artist whose work can be found in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1976, three years after graduating from Princeton in architecture and sculpture, he entered...

Hometown

Toronto, Canada

Degree Candidate

Master of Science in Visual Studies

Undergraduate Work

University of Toronto – Bachelor of Arts – 2004
University of Toronto – Master of Architecture - 2007

Interest...

Hometown

Palo Alto CA

Degree Candidate

MCP 2010

Undergraduate Work

BA in International Relations with Honors Certification in Latin American Studies
Stanford University, 2002

Degree Candidate

MCP 2010...

Two Massive Land Development Projects

Three professors from SA+P are currently involved in massive land development projects in South Korea and Italy that are virtually unprecedented in their scope and scale.

Architecture professors Alexander D'Hooghe and Nader Tehrani were amon...

A Project to Develop an Online Tool for Urban Planners

Ten graduate students from MIT spent three weeks in South Africa last summer working on the development of an online tool to help municipal governments around the world adapt to climate change. Led by JoAnn Carmin, associate profess...

She is the Second from SA+P So Honored

J. Meejin Yoon, Associate Professor of Architectural Design, has been awarded a $50K fellowship in architecture and design by United States Artists, a national artists' advocacy organization. She is one of 50 recipients of USA Target Fellowships fo...

Seeking Strategic Solutions to the Pressing Challenges of Our Time

The School of Architecture + Planning is launching a new initiative exploring how landscape and design can redirect contemporary urbanization. The effort is centered in the school’s Joint Program in City Design and Devel...

Architectures of Finance from the Great Depression to the Subprime Meltdown

As the subprime meltdown continues its spread, with historical overviews yet to be written, the MIT Museum and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies are presenting an exhibition this fall by urban designer Damo...

Recent Research from the Center for Real Estate

Recent research from the MIT Center for Real Estate indicates that the vertical phasing of buildings may hold significant potential for helping developers manage risk by allowing a building to grow in height as market conditions warrant....

Sandy Pentland’s Work on Human Dynamics and Communication

Alex (Sandy) Pentland, Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, is on a roll. In recent months he has not only published a new book, he has also won two research prizes for his work on human dynamics and communication. In ho...

Wodiczko's Veteran Vehicle Project at the Democratic Convention

During last summer's Democratic National Convention in Denver, visual arts professor Krzysztof Wodiczko transformed a military Humvee into a work of public art, projecting the words and voices of homeless veterans against s...

Student Insulation Project Could Impact Millions Around the World

A project from a class in developmental entrepreneurship taught by Alex (Sandy) Pentland, Director of the Digital Life Consortium at the Media Lab, along with lecturer Joost Bonsen, has developed a design created in the B...

Seven Years of Building the Department of Urban Studies and Planning

As he prepares to step down from what he good-naturedly calls 'Year Seven of My Four-Year Term as Department Head', Larry Vale takes satisfaction in what everyone here agrees has been a most productive term of office....

Structural Engineer is the Second from SA+P So Honored

John Ochsendorf, Class of 1942 Career Development Professor in the Department of Architecture, has been awarded a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a 'genius' grant. One of 25 fellows selected this year for 'their creativ...