PLAN 80

In this issue:

Founder and First Chairman of SA+P’s Center for Real Estate

Charles ‘Hank’ Spaulding (CE’51), a founder and first chairman of SA+P’s Center for Real Estate, died on Thanksgiving Day in Kennebunk Beach ME. He was 84.

In the 1980s, Spaulding worked closely with John de Monchaux, t...

Revisiting MIT’s Early Contributions to Contemporary Art

Two simultaneous exhibits at the List Visual Arts Center – both on view from October 31 – December 31 – focus attention this fall on MIT’s historical contributions to contemporary art.

One of the two exhibits showcases l...

World Leader in Social Computing and Information Management

Sepandar Kamvar, considered one of the best young minds in the growing field of social computing, has been appointed associate professor in media arts and sciences beginning January 1.

Previously a consulting assistant...

New Open-Source Software Helps Predict Impacts of Policy Decisions

Researchers in SA+P's City Form Research Group have created a new set of tools that offers architects and urban planners a better understanding of how the spatial patterns of cities...

3D Printing Opens Up New Possibilities

Researchers at the Media Lab are developing a system for the 3D printing of concrete with the ultimate potential of actually 'printing' an entire building.

Pursued by assistant professor Neri Oxman (PhD'10) and master's candidate Steven K...

A Vest Pocket Space for Special Exhibits

As part of the continuing development of common spaces for the Department of Architecture, a new gallery opened this fall on the fourth floor of Building 7, close to the architecture design studios, the school’s new fabrication lab, the Steam Caf...

New Research on the Environmental Impact of Concrete

Nearly 500 representatives from industry, government and academia convened at MIT in August for a day-long symposium on the environmental impacts of concrete – a topic of no small importance, given that concrete is the most widely use...

A Creative Collaboration for the Benefit of Students

Eminent artist Joan Jonas, Professor Emerita in SA+P’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology, collaborated this fall on a new performance piece with jazz pianist Jason Moran, a 2010 MacArthur Fellow hailed by critics as ‘the future o...

World Renowned Building Scientist and Architectural Educator

Christoph Reinhart has been appointed an associate professor with tenure in the Department of Architecture, beginning in January.

Originally trained as a physicist, Reinhart is a building scientist and architectural ed...

A Sampling of Non-Profit Organizations Founded by Alumni

Much is made of the impact of companies founded by MIT alumni, and of the entrepreneurial culture fostered at the Institute. According to a Kauffman Foundation study, if the active companies founded by MIT alumni formed an in...

Using Low-Cost Video to Measure Vital Signs

A device developed by the Affective Computing group at the Media Lab has been named one of the ten best inventions of 2011 by Popular Science Magazine; it has also won a prize of $50K in a competition sponsored by the Center for Integ...

A Prototype of the 1K House Recently Built in China

The first prototype from SA+P’s '1K House' project – a challenge to design and build permanent new homes for victims of natural disaster at a unit cost of $1K – has recently been constructed in Sichuan Province, China.

Designe...