PLAN 73

In this issue:

On Negotiation, Our Political Process and Boston’s Big Dig

Built to Win: Creating a World-Class Negotiating Organization. Lawrence Susskind with Hal Movius. (Harvard Business School Press, 2009). Using real-world examples from leading companies, Built to Win argues that nego...

Praised as ‘A Force of Nature…Inevitable and Irresistible’

Adèle Naudé Santos, Dean of the School of Architecture + Planning, is being honored with the 2009 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, given by the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Co...

Architecture Students Win Legatum Grant

Among this year’s recipients of seed grants from the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship is a project conceived and directed by two undergraduate students in architecture – Anna Kotova and Arka Prava Dhar.

Their project, Ca...

Associate Professor of Visual Arts

Gediminas Urbonas has been appointed Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Program of the Department of Architecture. Born in Lithuania in 1966, Urbonas has worked in joint artistic practice with his partner Nomeda since 1997; both received their mast...

SA+P Chimes In on Redesigning the President’s Home

Several proposals from SA+P are featured in a recent book documenting the results of a contest to redesign the White House.

Launched in January 2008 by the Storefront for Art and Architecture and Control Group, a consulting firm...

New Assistant Dean for Development

Barbara Feldman has been appointed Assistant Dean for Development in the School of Architecture + Planning. Feldman has most recently worked as Director of Principal Gifts and Planned Giving at Boston’s Museum of Science, where she helped to create and...

Photographs by Andrea Frank

An exhibit of photographs by German artist Andrea Frank, a lecturer in photography and related media in the Visual Arts Program of the Department of Architecture, is on display from February 10 through June 14 in the MIT Museum's Compton Gallery, 10-150. The...

Tod Machover's Opera Called 'Brilliant', 'Alluring', 'Intriguing', 'Extraordinary'

Skellig, a new opera composed by Tod Machover, Professor of Music and Media at the Media Lab, had its world premiere in November as a highlight of Juice, the NewcastleGateshead Festival for Child...

A World Leader in Building Information Modeling

Dennis Shelden has been appointed Associate Professor of the Practice of Architecture in the Design and Computation Group. A world leader in the field of Building Information Modeling (BIM), he is a founder and Chief Technology Officer of...

Jae Rhim Lee Also Headed the FEMA Trailer Project

Jae Rhim Lee (SMVIsS ‘06), a lecturer in the Visual Arts Program of the Department of Architecture, has received a grant of $10K from Creative Capital, a national organization that supports individual artists. She is also eligible for a...

An Exhibit of 21st Century Holography

For four months this winter, from dusk until 2AM every night, the MIT Museum's Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery is projecting holographic artwork through its floor-to-ceiling windows on Massachusetts Avenue, enlivening the dark streetscape with the c...

Encouraging Innovation Where Development is Most Urgently Needed

In an exceptional event last fall, five winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics convened at MIT for the launch of a new center here focused on promoting entrepreneurship in low-income countries, encouraging innovation and...

Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

David Small has been appointed Associate Professor in the Media Arts and Sciences program at the Media Lab.

An international leader in the innovative use of new technologies in graphic design and visual communication, Small heads th...

SA+P Takes the Lead in Helping Promote Inclusiveness

In March, MIT played host to nearly 80 recruitment professionals from New England institutions for the third annual Diversity Roundtable sponsored by the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), an organization desi...

The Urbanization Laboratory Travels Again to India


MIT’s Urbanization Laboratory was established in 2006 to invent new models of city form and function that will accommodate the hyper-rapid urbanization now being seen in Asia without sacrificing livability. Originally establi...

Award- Winning Architect Appointed Professor of Practice

Philip Freelon has been appointed Professor of the Practice in Architectural Design. Freelon is among the most celebrated African American architects practicing in the US today. Elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Arc...

Urban Planning Professor Joins Obama Administration

Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has been named Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and will be on a two-year...

A $25M Effort to Revolutionize Narrative Form

Plymouth Rock Studios, a major motion picture and TV studio slated to open in Plymouth MA in 2010, has made a seven-year, $25M commitment to create a Center for Future Storytelling at the Media Laboratory. Beginning immediately, the organiz...

For a Floating Gallery, a Morphing Sculpture and a Weather-Responsive Installation

A team of four PhD students in the computation program of the Department of Architecture has recently racked up a string of impressive wins in design competitions. Referred to as SPARC, the internati...

Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Leah Buechley has been appointed Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences in the Media Lab. A well-known expert in the burgeoning field of electronic textiles, Buechley directs the Media Lab's new High-Low Tech research group, invest...