PLAN 76

In this issue:

A Prize-Winning Proposal to Fight Poverty and Pollution

A team of MIT students led by Libby McDonald, a Fellow at the Community Innovators Lab in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has won an award of $3K in MIT’s IDEAS Competition; their prize-winning proposal will help prov...

Adapting to the Risks of Climate Change in Massachusetts

The MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative, a field-based graduate training program in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has released a new publication entitled Managing Risk: Helping Cities in Massachusetts Adapt t...

Developing a ‘Living Archive’ of Creative and Artistic Production at MIT

In response to increasing demand from international researchers, faculty and students, a major effort is now underway to create an accessible archive of work originated at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies (...

Media Lab Invention Holds Vision Promise for Two Billion

Researchers at the Media Lab have developed a mobile phone application that can help determine a user’s eyeglass prescription data in the field in just two minutes at little cost.

Uncorrected errors of the eye – such as n...

Winning Design To Be Installed at MIT’s Stratton Center

Frederick Kim, a junior majoring in architecture, has won the $1K first prize in a campus-wide design competition sponsored by SA+P with the MIT Hobby Shop and the MIT Campus Activities Complex. His winning furniture design – a co...

Evaluating and Developing the Masters and Bachelors Curricula

As new department head, Nader Tehrani has appointed associate professors Andrew Scott and Meejin Yoon to direct, respectively, the Master of Architecture program and the undergraduate program for the Bachelor of Science in Ar...

Eran Egozy, SB/SM’95

Harmonix Music Systems, arguably the premier inventor of music video games in the world – original developer of the Guitar Hero series – is perhaps best known now as developer of Rock Band, Rock Band 2 and The Beatles: Rock Band, full-blown band simulation games that co...

Students Receive High Commendation from the Holcim Foundation

A student team from the Department of Architecture was awarded a High Commendation this spring from the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Design for their proposal to build a zero-energy school campus in Cambodia.

Al...

An Experiment in Collaborative Thesis Research and Writing

This spring, six graduate students in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning took part in an experiment in collaborative thesis, a project proposed by Professor Lorlene Hoyt as a way to reinvigorate the master’s thesis pro...

A Two-Year Project in Japan Produces a New Book

A two-year research project with Sekisui House of Japan has resulted in a new book on sustainable urban housing and community design that incorporates a broad-based ecological systems approach not yet commonly found in the building and pla...

Five Years at the Helm of the Department of Architecture

As of July 1, Yung Ho Chang stepped down as head of the Department of Architecture, a position he assumed in the summer of 2005; during his tenure as head, the department was ranked second among US architecture schools’ graduate p...

Using Critical Cartography as a Tool for Urban Intervention

A new research project led by Annette Kim, Ford International Career Development Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, is setting out to celebrate and legitimize the sidewalk life of Ho Chi Minh City by mapping what it does...

An International Effort to Offer Guidelines to Decision Makers

MIT is a partner in a consortium that has been awarded a multimillion-dollar, five-year grant from the Volvo Research and Education Foundation (VREF) for a Center of Excellence on Bus Rapid...