PLAN 88

In this issue:

Curating National Pavilions and Introducing New Technology

SA+P is well represented at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, open now through November 23.  The US Pavilion was co-curated by architecture professor Ana Miljacki; the Kuwait Pavilion was curated by alumna Alia Farid (SMVisS’08); an installation of new technology from the Senseable City L...

Joan Jonas, Mirror Piece, performance at Annadale on Hudson, 1969. Photo by Joan Jonas.

Most Recent of Many SA+P Artists and Architects in Venice

Joan Jonas, Professor Emerita with SA+P’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology, was chosen to represent the United States at the 56th Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious contemporary art event.  She is the second artist f...

Architectural Historian Served as Associate Dean Since 2007

Mark Jarzombek has been named Interim Dean of the School of Architecture + Planning, effective July 1; he succeeds Adèle Naudé Santos, who stepped down at the end of June.

A renowned architectural historian, critic and theorist, Jarzombek has served as Associate Dean sinc...

Widely Honored for Her Work in Architecture, Design and Education

J. Meejin Yoon, architect and educator, has been appointed Head of the Department of Architecture beginning July 1. The first woman ever appointed to that post, she succeeds Nader Tehrani who served as department head fro...

On the Future of Architecture and Architectural Education

As Meejin Yoon prepared to take over as head of the Department of Architecture this summer, we sat down for a brief conversation about the future.  Below, an edited version of that talk:

What do you think is the greatest challenge currently facing the architecture professi...

Center for Advanced Urbanism Wins Rebuild By Design Competition

SA+P’s Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU), in collaboration with others, has been named a winner of the Rebuild by Design competition, sponsored by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the challenges fa...

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers the keynote address to the second conference of the Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT.

A Two-Day Conference at the Center for Advanced Urbanism

In April, SA+P’s Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) brought together more than 200 political leaders, infrastructural engineers, design professionals and academicians to explore the question of how to shape sustainable futures for cities around the world.

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A researcher at the Media Lab has invented flexible inner soles that you can slip into your shoes that will turn them into SuperShoes Image: Dhairya Dand

Let Your SuperShoes Do the Walking

A researcher at the Media Lab has invented flexible inner soles that you can slip into your shoes that will turn them into SuperShoes, footwear so smart it can guide you around the city with such accuracy that you’ll never need to consult a map.

Explaining the motivation...

Screenshot of HubCab, showing pickups and drop offs of all 170 million taxi trips over one year in New York City. Image: Copyright MIT Senseable City Lab.

A Step Toward Improving Urban Transportation Efficiency

SA+P’s Senseable City Lab has created a visualization tool that could potentially help reduce congestion, decrease vehicle emissions and lower the cost of mobility infrastructure.  In the near term, researchers hope it will help to stimulate thinking about ways to use publicly a...

Candidates in Media Studies, in Architecture, and in Art, Culture and Technology

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

The...

AlmaViva Building Sections Image: AlmaViva Team (Students from Harvard University, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

SA+P Represented on First and Third Place Teams

Three planning students from SA+P were among the winners of the 2014 Affordable Housing Design Competition sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.

The annual competition pairs teams of students with affordable housing organizations to develop...

Campus-Wide Effort Will Address Large-Scale Environmental Issues

SA+P’s Department of Urban Studies + Planning will be playing a key role in a new campus-wide initiative to promote cross-disciplinary research related to large-scale environmental issues.

Initially under the direction of Susan Solomon, the Ellen Swallow...

Public Space? Lost & Found Exhibition, 2014 Photo:Copyright John Kennard.

A Symposium and Exhibition in Honor of Antoni Muntadas

In April, SA+P’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), in concert with MIT’s Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST), presented a two-day symposium and an accompanying exhibit to celebrate the living legacy of artist and educator Ant...

Stanford Anderson, Professor of History and Architecture, retired from active duty in January. Photo: Judith M. Daniels/SA+P

Culminating a Distinguished 50-year Career at SA+P

Stanford Anderson, professor of history and architecture, retired from active duty in January, culminating an extraordinarily distinguished 50-year career at the School of Architecture + Planning.

Anderson joined the scho...