PLAN 78

In this issue:

Third Year in a Row in the Winners’ Circle

Two teams of students from SA+P have won first and second place in the New Orleans Chase Competition, an annual contest showcasing the talents of college students nationwide in supporting and furthering redevelopment of New Orleans communities....

In Honor of MIT’s 150th Anniversary

As part of MIT’s Festival of Art + Science + Technology (FAST) – a continuing feature of the Institute’s sesquicentennial celebration – a series of architectural installations by faculty and students in the School of Architecture + Planning are croppi...

MIT Center for Real Estate Aiming to Move to Central Campus

With the help of its generous alumni, the MIT Center for Real Estate and the Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) are poised to move to a new location overlooking Mass Ave in the heart of the School of Architect...

Pioneer in Cinéma Vérité and Professor at SA+P

Documentary filmmaker Richard Leacock, a driving force behind the film program at SA+P, died on March 23 at his home in Paris. He was 89.

Leacock joined MIT in 1968 at the invitation of then-provost Jerome Wiesner (later the Instit...

Pioneering Video from the 1960s and ‘70s

In addition to SA+P’s two symposia, an opera premiere and more than 25 architectural installations situated around the campus, this spring’s Festival of Art, Science and Technology featured a pair of exhibits at the List Visual Arts Center explor...

An Exhibit from the Urbonas Studio

On view at the Wolk Gallery this spring from February 9 – April 8, The Learning Machine is a new work by The Urbonas Studio, a joint effort of Gediminas Urbonas, Associate Professor in SA+P’s Art, Culture + Technology Program, and his partner...

Landscape Architect/Sociologist Extends Lynch’s Legacy

The School of Architecture + Planning has named landscape architect/sociologist Randolph Hester the winner of the 2011 Kevin Lynch Award. The award is presented biannually for outstanding scholarship and/or practice in urban design...

A Winning Competition Entry from Sheila Kennedy and Colleagues

MIT Professor of the Practice Sheila Kennedy and her partner Frano Violich –principals of Boston’s Kennedy & Violich Architecture (KVA MATx) – are part of a team that has recently won the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Co...

A Year-Long Collaboration with Siemens Stiftung, Munich

AR – Artistic Research, the yearlong collaboration between the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) and the Siemens Stiftung of Munich, focused attention this academic year on artistic research, how it intersec...

Designers of the ‘Sixth Greatest Building in American History’

The MIT Museum has acquired the archives of Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood Architects, one of Boston’s and the nation’s preeminent architectural practices.

The highly respected firm began in 1962 when the City of B...

Including a Host of Achievements from SA+P

In January, as part of the Institute’s sesquicentennial celebration, the MIT Museum inaugurated a new gallery with a year-long exhibit highlighting 150 years of MIT history and featuring an impressive array of important milestones from the Scho...

A New Set of Tools for Designers and Developers

Researchers at SA+P, in collaboration with colleagues at China’s Tsinghua University, have created a new set of tools that can evaluate the energy performance of real estate projects while they are still in the process of design. The tool...

On Their Past and Present, and the Future


On the silver and gold anniversaries of their graduation from MIT, we asked our alums from 1986 and 1961 to weigh in. We found they have a lot of fond memories of the people they encountered here – their spirited professors, their stim...

Loyal Partners, Loyal Donors

Peter Samton and Jordan Gruzen – partners in the award-winning Gruzen Samton Architects LLP – have been loyal donors to SA+P over the decades. Their giving has had an impact on the Dean’s Innovation Fund (programs and activities), the Architecture Discretionary Fund (Department of Architectur...

Award-Winning Landscape Architect and Urban Designer

Visiting Professor Walter J. Hood, Jr., has been appointed the first Robert R. Taylor (1892) Fellow in the School of Architecture + Planning. The fellowship was established to honor MIT’s first African American graduate, also the firs...

A Winning Proposal to Restructure Emission Reduction Efforts

Two graduate students in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning have won the Popular Choice Award in a contest to create new international climate agreement proposals for the world community. Developed by MCP candidates...

Höweler + Yoon to Design BSA Headquarters

Associate Professor Meejin Yoon and her partner Eric Höweler have won an open competition to design a new headquarters for the Boston Society of Architects on Boston’s waterfront.

The new home at Atlantic Wharf will include more than 15...

Six Sessions Addressing the Future

SA+P was well represented at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. Sandy Pentland, Toshiba Professor of Media Arts & Sciences, played a pivotal role in five separate sessions during the five-day meeting and Amy Glasmeier, head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, led a hig...