PLAN 85

Message from the Dean

While the School of Architecture + Planning is known primarily as a graduate school, we also maintain an abiding commitment to undergraduate education—a fact that was underscored this year when Meejin Yoon, director of our undergraduate program in architecture, was presented with the Institute’s Irwin Sizer Award for the Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education. (See the story in this issue).

In addition to this new prize-winning architecture curriculum, the department also offers undergraduates the option to focus on the arts through SA+P’s Art, Culture and Technology program, offering a range of subjects including photography, video, sound, cinema and public art.

In the urban studies and planning department, undergraduates can choose from three different minors, pursue a bachelor’s or enroll in a joint program to complete their undergraduate and master’s work in just five years; the department also hosts MIT’s Scheller Teacher Education Program, an option for students interested in exploring new ideas in teaching math and science K-12.

In our media arts and sciences program, undergraduates get involved through the special MAS Alternative Freshman Year Program by which first-year students engage with researchers at the Media Lab on project-oriented work through the Institute’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

In all of these programs, undergraduates interact on a regular basis with world-class graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in their fields, a source of inspiration and instruction not every school can offer. With the Sizer Award drawing new attention to our programs, we look forward to a growing presence of undergraduates in our school.

In this issue:

Inventing the City of the Future

The newly-formed City Science Initiative at the Media Lab is one of a number of research groups collaborating with SA+P’s new Center for Advanced Urbanism, an effort launched in the spring to focus on the planning, design, construction and retrofitti...

Experts in Games + Play, Art + Design, Transportation and the Architecture of Money

Lauren Jacobi, Assistant Professor, History, Theory and Criticism, Department of Architecture. A scholar of early-industrial and early-modern Europe, Lauren Jacobi researches the relati...

MIT Places Second in This Year’s CASE Competition

MIT’s Annual Real Estate Forum, jointly sponsored by the alumni association of the MIT Center for Real Estate and the Urban Land Institute of Boston, was held April 5 at MIT. This year’s program featured in-depth content on modular cons...

The Inaugural Symposium of the Center for Advanced Urbanism

In April, the Center for Advanced Urbanism staged its first symposium – Infrastructural Monument: Infrastructure for the Long Haul – to consider how best to approach the challenge of replacing or reconstructing our urb...

Honors for Work that Incorporates Both Old and New Technologies

Five graduate students from the School of Architecture + Planning – candidates for degrees in media studies, in architecture, and in art, culture and technology – took all the top honors in this year’s annual visual arts aw...

A Century of Architectural Change

Exhibition: May 7 – August 16, M-F 9AM – 5PM


Opening Reception: May 7, 5:30 – 7PM


Gallery Talk: May 14, 12:15 – 1PM; Curator Daniel Abramson,? Associate Professor, Depa...

Leveraging Nonprofit Resources to Improve Local Economies

On May 8, SA+P’s Community Innovators Lab and The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland co-hosted a forum at MIT to announce key findings of a joint case study on how nonprofit institutions can improve local econo...

An Exhibit on SA+P’s Extensive Efforts on the Gulf Coast

A major exhibit opened at MIT’s Compton Gallery this spring, on display through December, documenting the remarkable depth and breadth of MIT’s involvement in the revitalization of the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. In t...

‘Expanding the Whole Notion of Design and Architecture’

J. Meejin Yoon has been presented with the 2013 Irwin Sizer Award for the Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education. The award is named in honor of Irwin W. Sizer, Dean of the Graduate School from 1967-1975.

As direct...

A Five-Year Program to Strengthen University Teaching Materials

SA+P has recently signed an agreement with Malaysia's leading engineering and science school – the Universiti of Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) – to develop new materials to strengthen the teaching of sustainable city development...

A Tribute to Julian Beinart

In May, a group of 40-50 alumni assembled at MIT from as far away as Europe and Asia to attend the last session of Julian Beinart’s class on the Theory of City Form, a class he’d taught since 1977.

Initiated by alumnus Isaac Manning (SMArchS...

In Appreciation of David Friedman

In June, SA+P’s program in the History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture sponsored a symposium to reaffirm the program’s commitment to histories of architecture and the arts before the 20th century – what they termed Deeper History – and to...

The Work of SLAB Studio, Annette Kim

Sidewalk City presents the latest experimental maps developed by the MIT Sidewalk Laboratory (SLAB), a research group developing new methods of mapping in order to re-conceptualize urban space and find more inclusive ways to design and govern...