PLAN 82

Message from the Dean

As we begin our new school year in Cambridge this fall, we are also embarking upon a new adventure in Singapore, with the inauguration of the recently-formed Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

Conceived in 2009 as a collaboration between MIT and the government of Singapore, SUTD is perhaps the first university in the world to focus specifically on design as a way to address the challenges of the future, and from the start SA+P has been deeply involved in designing its architecture program.

Our faculty have created more than a dozen courses for the curriculum, both graduate and undergraduate, and many of them will be going to Singapore to teach those courses, joining one of our recent alums, Andres Svetsuk, who is a resident member of the faculty there.

The research component of the program, focused on three ‘grand challenges’—the sustainable built environment, design for the developing world and devices for better living—will be co-directed by John Fernandez, director of SA+P’s Building Technology Program.

In combination with our part in MIT’s new edX program— providing interactive education online and conducting research on how students learn—we believe the SUTD experience offers us the opportunity to conduct a fundamental rethinking of how we educate leaders for the future.

It makes for a very rich brew of possibilities in the air here, these days. Stay tuned for more news as these programs develop.

ADÈLE NAUDÉ SANTOS

In this issue:

Neri Oxman at the Centre Pompidou

Eighteen new works by assistant professor Neri Oxman were on exhibit this summer at the Centre Pompidou in Paris as part of Creative Multiversities, an exhibition devoted to forward-looking work in the fields of architecture, design, new techno...

Another Fresh Wave of Faculty


Over the past year, SA+P hired six new professors in architecture, art and media, part of a faculty transition of unprecedented scale that will ultimately result in more than twenty new faces here, nearly 15% of our faculty. We hereby introduce f...

SA+P Students Win Thousands in Grants for Business Start-Ups

Several students from SA+P were members of winning teams this year in a series of competitions awarding grants for start-up enterprises, mostly aimed at addressing challenges in the developing world. Below, a brief look a...

New Tools for Urban Dwellers

Researchers in the Changing Places group at the Media Lab are developing tools for the customization of standardized urban housing that allow residents to design the optimal living space for their lifestyles even within a limited footprint.

Using a...

A Survey of Cities Around the Globe Finds US Lags Behind

SA+P researchers have just released the first systematic survey of cities’ efforts around the globe to adapt to climate change, revealing that while numerous US cities are taking up the challenge, the country as a whole is lagging...

An Interactive Map of Urban Energy Patterns

Researchers at SA+P and the Technical University of Lisbon (IST) have produced a richly detailed interactive tool for exploring material and energy use in urban environments. Combining statistical methods...

Recent Research Suggests New Approaches to Energy Efficiency

Recent research from SA+P’s Senseable City Lab, published in the April issue of Energy and Buildings, has generated results that could help designers and managers optimize energy usage in their buildings, potentially...

A Citizens’ Guide to Reclaiming Abandoned Mine Sites Ecologically

A new website will be launched in September at waste2place.com that provides a layman’s portal to a wealth of information about the reclamation of abandoned mine sites in the US. Desi...

Two of Several Sessions at CRE’s International Real Estate Forum

In April, the MIT Center for Real Estate (CRE) and its alumni association – together with their media partners, The Real Reporter – hosted a day-long forum on global real estate, featuring prominent leaders of local and in...

A Young Practitioner/Scholar Researching Past Methods of Making

Brandon Clifford has been appointed first holder of the Belluschi Lectureship in SA+P’s Department of Architecture, a new three-year teaching and research post named for Pietro Belluschi, Dean of the School from 1951 to 196...

Recent Publishing News from our Faculty and Alumni


In addition to all the new titles this year, we must also note that Mark Jarzombek’s expansive tome, A Global History of Architecture (Wiley), made the Choice list of the best academic titles for 2011; and...

Alumnus I.M. Pei Honored for Diplomacy

Award from the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies

In May, alumnus I.M. Pei (BArch’40) was presented with the fourth annual Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts at a dinner hosted by Secretary of S...

Five Cash Prizes Total $12,000

Once again this year, students from SA+P have dominated MIT’s Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prizes in the Visual Arts, established in 1996 to recognize a body of artwork by a current MIT student, and the Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Awards, present...

Practitioner, Professor, Journalist, Author and Cartoonist

Alumnus Roger Lewis has had – and continues to have – a pretty remarkable career, as full of unexpected turns as a novelistic page-turner. The story began in Houston in the 1950s – a place he knew, by the time he was in his mid-teens, that he would eventually leave – and moved to Massachusetts...