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Nov 16, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Photo: Sham Sthankiya.

Visiting Artist B. Stephen Carpenter II examines issues of access, privilege and the global water crisis. 

In today’s social climate, which is often characterized by polarization and intolerance, visiting artist B. Stephen Carpenter II believes that art can enable people to have civil conversations about difficult topics such as race, segregation, and poverty in the U.S.

Nov 16, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Martin Rein.

Expert in social policy and social reform, especially the welfare state and retirement policy, was a longtime MIT professor.

Martin Rein, professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1970 until his retirement in 2011, died on Oct. 15 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 89.

Nov 16, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Photo: CITE at MIT.

Study of solar pump technology use in India assesses technical performance and explores innovative business cases to increase user adoption.

In 2014, the government of India made an ambitious goal to replace 26 million groundwater pumps run on costly diesel, for more efficient and environmentally-friendly options such as solar pumps.

Nov 15, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

"Colorspace," Sosolimited.

An interactive sculpture that transforms your text messages
SA+P alumni Justin B Manor ’00, SM ’08 (MAS); John Rothenberg ’02, SM ’07 (Arch); and Eric Gunther ’00, MEng ’02 of Sosolimited have unveiled ‘Colorspace,’ an interactive sculpture that transforms any text message into a breathtaking animation of colored light. Installed in the mezzanine of 200 Clarendon Street in Boston, MA, the piece was commissioned by Boston Properties. 

Nov 16, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

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Focused laser beam could help scientists map connections among neurons that underlie behavior.

Researchers at MIT and Paris Descartes University have developed a new optogenetic technique that sculpts light to target individual cells bearing engineered light-sensitive molecules, so that individual neurons can be precisely stimulated.

Nov 09, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Photos: David Silverman Photography (Wood); Noah Kalina (Oxman); Chris Crisman (Herr).

Five join the SA+P faculty, while 10 are recognized for work in art, architecture, urbanism, and design.

The School of Architecture and Planning has announced that 10 faculty members have been recognized with promotions.

In addition, five new professors have joined the school in the Department of Architecture, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the Program in Media Arts and Sciences. Their research ranges from architectural history to disaster resilience to the design of prosthetics.

Recently promoted faculty

Nov 16, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Photo: Maggie Dunne at the Obama summit on November 1, 2017.

When MIT graduate student Maggie Dunne was in high school, she witnessed the harsh realities of life for many Native American Nations in the US and she was compelled to act. The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home to the people of Oglala Lakota Nation, is considered by the UN human rights and poverty investigations to be one of the most historically wronged and marginalized groups in the world.

Nov 08, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Mikey Siegel with his wife and occupants of the co-hack house engaged in virtual meditation. Photo: Gregg Segal.

Inside Silicon Valley's new non-religion
MIT Media Lab alum Mikey Siegel SM ’09 (MAS) is bringing engineering to enlightenment through Silicon Valley's consciousness-hacking movement. Wired.

Nov 09, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Photo: Tom Gearty

Bruno Verdini leads a popular new class on negotiation skills.

Marol Escajeda ’17 is trained in materials science and engineering, yet she finds that success on the job pivots on her leadership and negotiation abilities. “Your skills have to extend beyond your technical field,” says Escajeda, a materials and processes engineer at the aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman. “You need the ability to handle intense interpersonal situations.”

Nov 01, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Image: NYU Furman Center.

Health in the Segregated City
An essay from DUSP’s Mariana Arcaya MCP ’08 focuses on residential segregation and its impact on public health. Arcaya’s essay leads the NYU Furman Center’s latest discussion with insights on how segregation contributes to neighborhood health disparities, how it creates inequities in access to quality healthcare, and how disparities in health may also heighten segregation. The Dream Revisited.

Oct 27, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

With Shelley, the world’s first artificial intelligence-human horror story collaboration, MIT researchers aim for goosebumps.

Just in time for Halloween, a research team from the MIT Media Lab’s Scalable Cooperation group has introduced Shelley: the world’s first artificial intelligence-human horror story collaboration.

Oct 26, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Energy-efficient construction is key to lowering urban emissions, study finds.

What are the best ways for U.S. cities to combat climate change? A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation — and this reduction will happen mostly thanks to better building practices, not greater housing density.

Oct 27, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

"Strange Weather." Photo: Mariana Ibañez and Simon Kim/I/K Studio

Projects by School of Architecture and Planning faculty, researchers, and alumni explore the exhibition's theme of “Imminent Commons.”

Responding to the theme of “Imminent Commons,” a diverse contingent of MIT faculty, researchers, and alumni from the School of Architecture and Planning are participating in the first Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, which is being held from Sept. 2 through Nov. 5.

Historian and critic Hyungmin Pai PhD ’93 is codirecting the biennale with architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo.

Oct 24, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Photo: Deirdre Carson/MIT Energy Initiative

MIT Energy Initiative seminar examines the role of the humanities, design, and aesthetics in catalyzing a fairer, more diverse energy future.

What does energy have to do with art, literature, and happiness? In a recent MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) seminar, Imre Szeman, a professor of communication and culture at the University of Waterloo, addressed this question and engaged in a discussion of what he calls “petroculture” with MIT faculty of architecture and humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Oct 24, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

High Desert Test Kitchen's October ingredient is California Buckweat. Photo: Sarah Witt.

High Desert Test Sites 2017

Oct 17, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

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Using Bitcoin's blockchain technology, the Institute has become one of the first universities to issue recipient-owned virtual credentials.

In 1868, the fledgling Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Boylston Street awarded its first diplomas to 14 graduates. Since then, it has issued paper credentials to more than 207,000 undergraduate and graduate students in much the same way.

Oct 18, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Nesterly is an online marketplace that matches university students who need affordable housing with empty-nesters.

Ideas Global Challenge winner videos

Oct 18, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Photo: Lily Bui.

Boston-area volunteers gather at MIT to help identify post-hurricane conditions in the territory

Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage across Puerto Rico when it made landfall on Sept. 20. As the second hurricane to hit the island in a two-week period, the powerful storm devastated the territory’s already-strained infrastructure and left behind a humanitarian crisis affecting the entire island.

Oct 13, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Photo: Ariel Noyman/City Science group, MIT Media Lab.

Andorra funds MIT Media Lab technologies that, in turn, help improve the nation’s cities.

When you think of innovation hubs around the world, Andorra, a tiny country tucked between Spain and France, may not come to mind.

But, for several years, the 180-square-mile nation of 77,000 people has served as a “living lab” for researchers from MIT Media Lab’s City Science Initiative to prototype, deploy, and test urban innovation.

Oct 10, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Ingestible devices could diagnose gastrointestinal slowdown or monitor food intake.

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have built a flexible sensor that can be rolled up and swallowed. Upon ingestion, the sensor adheres to the stomach wall or intestinal lining, where it can measure the rhythmic contractions of the digestive tract.

Oct 11, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Vision in Neuroscience and Art. Students conduct visual experiments. Photo: Seth Riskin.

Q&A with Seth Riskin

Oct 05, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Why MIT’s Gediminas Urbonas helped produce a new book about art and public space.

Much of what we hear about public space comes via routine transactional politics, when officials tell us whether or not we can afford, say, parks, schools, and libraries.

But perhaps we should get more input about public space from artists.

Oct 05, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT Media Lab's Ed Boyden ’99 MNG ’99 Synthetic Neurobiology and Kevin Esvelt are among 10 MIT researchers to receive National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards for high-risk, high-reward research.

Oct 05, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

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Human Dynamics research group earns high marks in new scientific collaboration to improve the lives of disadvantaged American children.

Oct 03, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Andrea Lamberti ’91 and Chan-Li Lin ’88, MArch ’90 were involved in the design and construction of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Courtesy of the MIT Alumni Association.

Alumni modernize Boston architecture

SA+P alumni have been at the forefront of the movement to make Boston a more modern, sustainable city, creating some of its most modern, integrated spaces. Explore a slideshow of alumni projects featured in Slice of MIT.

Oct 02, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Photos: Max Freitas (left) and Dou Dou.

DUSP student Wan Chantavilasvong won the MISTI Better World media contest for a 

Sep 29, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Photo: Tom Gearty

MIT Architecture program rated highly for research and overall excellence based on surveys of practitioners. 

The professional master's of architecture program at MIT has again been ranked among the top five in the nation in the latest DesignIntelligence rankings. MIT's architecture program has consistently appeared among the top 10 in this annual assessment of nationally accredited graduate programs.

In ratings of specific skills areas, MIT’s graduate architecture program ranked second in research.

Oct 04, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

György Kepes in Chicago, ca. 1937-42. Photo courtesy of the MIT Museum. Used by permission of the Kepes Estate.

Fifty years after its founding, the vision of CAVS and founder György Kepes lives on in the Program in Art, Culture and Technology.

Sep 24, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Volunteers and rescuers work at a collapsed building at Colonia Roma, Mexico City. Photo: ProtoplasmaKid/Wikimedia Commons

MIT team’s online platform links those who need aid with those who can help. (Este artículo está disponible en español.)

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On Sept. 19, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City and the surrounding region, demolishing buildings, killing hundreds, and trapping and injuring many more. More than 3,000 structures were damaged in Mexico City alone, according to news reports.

Sep 21, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

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At a day-long event on global food and water security, DUSP's Erica James presented "Leverage Points," a J-WAFS-funded project to identify opportunities to increase food production and security in the developing world.

Sep 19, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Future City Innovation Connector to support projects addressing rapid growth of Chinese cities.

MIT and Tsinghua University in China have signed an agreement establishing a new technology project, the Future City Innovation Connector (FCIC), which is designed to support research and startup teams applying ideas to China’s rapidly growing urban areas.

Sep 19, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

"Watch and learn, Mom." (Courtesy of Kimberly Smith)

Unplug and play: Kim Smith’s Learning Beautiful
Learning Beautiful from DesignX member Kim Smith SM ’17 (MAS) creates beautiful wooden toys to teach children the basics of coding. Quartz.

Sep 18, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Beomki Lee, MArch ’15, Dean Hashim Sarkis, Lawrence Poster ‘71, Gensler NY. Photo: Kenneth Namkung, 2017.

Full house at breakfast event presenting MIT’s new accelerator for design innovation.

On September 13, 2017, the MIT Alumni Club of New York, MITArchA, the MIT Architecture Alumni Affinity Group, and the MIT Alumni Association, together with SA+P, hosted a breakfast to introduce alumni to DesignX–the venture accelerator for design innovation in the School of Architecture and Planning. The event was held at Gensler’s NY offices in Midtown Manhattan.

Sep 18, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Schools of Architecture and Planning; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and several centers are home to the arts and humanities at MIT.

The Times Higher Education 2018 World University Rankings has named MIT the No. 2 university in the world for arts and humanities. The two top ranked universities — Stanford University and MIT — are closely aligned in the evaluation metrics, which assess the arts and humanities at research-intensive universities across core missions, including research, teaching, and international outlook.

Sep 13, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Research from MIT's CITE program leverages a procurement process to identify opportunities for improving food aid supply chains. 

Food assistance delivered to the right people at the right time and in the right place can save lives. In 2016 alone, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) delivered over 1.7 million metric tons of food assistance to over 30 million people in 50 countries around the world. However, USAID estimates that over $10 million of that food never made it to the plates of people in need due to spoilage and infestation.

Sep 12, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Lynne Sagalyn’s "Power at Ground Zero” revisited

Sep 11, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT Media Lab professor considers the trust gap between people and autonomous vehicles.

Sep 08, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

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Via social media, residents can contribute to public map that increases safety and helps response planning.

As Hurricane Irma bears down on the U.S., the MIT Urban Risk Lab has launched a free, open-source platform that will help residents and government officials track flooding in Broward County, Florida. The platform, RiskMap.us, is being piloted to enable both residents and emergency managers to obtain better information on flooding conditions in near-real time.

Sep 05, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Photo: Ian MacLellan.

PhD student works at the intersection of urban planning and computer science.

While working for the global management consulting company Accenture, Gregory Falco discovered just how vulnerable the technologies underlying smart cities and the “internet of things” — everyday devices that are connected to the internet or a network — are to cyberterrorism attacks.

Sep 01, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Photo: Lt. Zachary West/U.S. Army National Guard

Stranded in Houston by hurricane floodwaters, an MIT associate professor sees firsthand how design and policy decisions affected the storm’s impact.

Flying through Texas last weekend on his way to a workshop in Mexico, Brent Ryan found himself stranded at a hotel near Houston’s Bush International Airport as a result of Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic flooding. An associate professor of urban design and planning at MIT, Ryan and two of his graduate students watched the waters rise and considered the implications of the disaster unfolding around them.

Sep 01, 2017. Posted by Tom Gearty

BioBot Labs installs a sensor-laden robot in a sewer.

Elizabeth Close: "Minnesota’s midcentury pioneer"
As part of a series highlighting "often-forgotten regional architects," Curbed has profiled Elizabeth “Lisl” Scheu Close '35; the article also mentions her husband and partner Winston Close SM ’35. Read the profile

Aug 30, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Success rate is comparable to that of highly trained scientists performing the process manually.

Recording electrical signals from inside a neuron in the living brain can reveal a great deal of information about that neuron’s function and how it coordinates with other cells in the brain. However, performing this kind of recording is extremely difficult, so only a handful of neuroscience labs around the world do it.

Aug 28, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT alumna is establishing a new research group aimed at harnessing space engineering to improve life on Earth.

Danielle Wood ’05, SM ’08, PhD ’12 is the Media Lab’s newest assistant professor in the Program in Media Arts and Sciences. She will officially start working at the lab on Jan. 16, 2018, to establish a new research group, called Space Enabled. Her mission is to advance justice and development in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space.

Aug 25, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

System could save retailers billions lost through faulty inventory records.

Radio frequency ID tags were supposed to revolutionize supply chain management. The dirt-cheap, battery-free tags, which receive power wirelessly from scanners and then broadcast identifying numbers, enable warehouse managers to log inventory much more efficiently than they could by reading box numbers and recording them manually.

Aug 25, 2017. Posted by Tom Gearty

Transforming, robotic furniture from Media Lab spinoff Ori Systems makes smaller spaces feel larger

A Sneak Peek of the Bronx River House, the Future Home of the Bronx River Alliance
The Bronx River Alliance will soon move into a new home under the leadership of executive director and DUSP alumna Maggie Greenfield's MCP '03. See renderings of the new building and learn more at Untapped Cities.

Aug 17, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Study: Commercial parks have boosted growth, created new urban centers.

China’s massive investment in industrial parks has paid economic dividends while reshaping the urban areas where they are located, according to a newly published study co-authored by an MIT expert on urban economics.

Aug 17, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Successful programs aren’t limited to well-off towns with strong environmental movements.

Food scraps. Okay, those aren’t the first words that come to mind when you think about the environment. But 22 percent of the municipal solid waste dropped into landfills or incincerators in the U.S. is, in fact, food that could be put to better use through composting and soil enrichment.

Aug 11, 2017. Posted by Tom Gearty

The Lincoln House, designed by Mary Otis Stevens '56 and MIT professor Tom McNulty. 

Mary Otis Stevens ’56: The flux of human life
In a recent reprint of a 2013 interview, architect Mary Otis Stevens ’56 talk about the stages of her life and her design, with MIT professor Tom McNulty, of the landmark Lincoln House. Read the interview at Domus.

Aug 09, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Six from MIT, including HTC PhD candidates Jesse Feiman and Albert Lopez and MIT DUSP PhD candidate Jessica Gordon will spend the 2017-2018 academic year conducting research abroad.

Aug 07, 2017. Posted by Tom Gearty

WBUR recently aired a conversation featuring Vineet Gupta AR ’88 MCP ’88 on whether Boston should have more car-free zones. Photo from Pi.1415926535 via Wikimedia Commons.

Vineet Gupta on car-free zones for Boston
In the wake of snarled traffic due to the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge project, WBUR recently aired a conversation featuring Vineet Gupta AR ’88 MCP ’88, the director of policy and planning for the Boston Transportation Department, on whether Boston should have more car-free zones. Listen to the broadcast.

Aug 07, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

"Futurity Island Rendering," Gediminas Urbonas and Tobias Putrih, 2016.

ACT's Futurity Island project received an Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts! Futurity Island, a large-scale, land-based outdoor art installation, will be a major contribution to ACT’s upcoming year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies. Learn more.

Aug 01, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Metropolis editors selected Boston as one of the top cities around the globe for progressive design and good living, calling out the academic community at MIT SA+P as a leader of innovation and experimentation. “I’ve always believed that the primary driver of design is industry,” SA+P Dean Hashim Sarkis tells Metropolis. “Here in Boston our biotech and high-tech industries are offering designers incredible opportunities to express their creativity. This is not just a place where design is happening.

Jul 26, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Courtesy of SproutsIO Inc.

Smart, soil-free microgarden lets users optimize growing conditions while cutting water and resource use.

MIT Media Lab alumna Jennifer Broutin Farah SM ’13, CEO and co-founder of SproutsIO, has spent nearly a decade innovating in urban farming, designing small- and large-scale gardening systems that let anyone grow food, anywhere, at any time.

Aug 02, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Students recognized for their leadership in fostering intergenerational connections within their communities.

Jul 25, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Left to right: LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Media Lab Director Joi Ito joined Disobedience Award finalists Phyllis Young and LaDonna Brave Bull Allard; Betina Kaplan and Lorgia García-Peña; and James Hansen; along with winners Marc Edwards and Mona Hanna-Attisha. Photo: David Silverman Photography

MIT Media Lab summer event explores responsible dissent, embodied in its new Disobedience Award.

Jul 24, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Graduate student Alpha Yacob Arsano wants to bring natural ventilation to the forefront of modern architecture.

Alpha Yacob Arsano is standing next to the MIT Chapel’s marble altar, admiring the view through the domed skylight above. Outside, water surrounds the cylindrical red-brick structure like a shallow moat. Inside the chapel, the brick walls ripple like waves. Tiny windows line the walls and face downward so guests can see slivers of the moat. When sunlight reflects off the water at a certain angle, it shines into the chapel and dances onto the walls.

Jul 28, 2017. Posted by Tom Gearty

SproutsIO—a venture launched by  MIT Media Lab alumna Jennifer Broutin Farah SM ’13—is ramping up production and hitting the shelves in a few months.


Introducing a new feature from the School of Architecture and Planning: a brief, weekly list of media mentions of our alumni's contributions to making a better world. These items will feature posts, articles, and videos from MIT channels and outside media outlets covering the work of our alumni. Visit the SA+P News feed each Monday to see the previous week's selections.

Jul 21, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Courtesy of Twine Health.

New app lets patients work alone or with others to prevent, monitor, and reverse chronic disease.

Lack of patient adherence to treatment plans is a lingering, costly problem in the United States. But MIT Media Lab spinout Twine Health is proving that regular interventions from a patient’s community of supporters can greatly improve adherence, leading to improved health outcomes and savings.

Jul 21, 2017. Posted by Tom Gearty

Volunteer extraordinaire Hyun-A Park ’83, MCP ’85, begins year as Association president.

DUSP alum transitions to alumni association president
New president of the MIT Alumni Association Hyun-A Park ’83, MCP ’85 has always been an exceptional volunteer for MIT alumni. From her time as class president to her service on the MIT corporation to her mentoring of MIT students, read about her life and career at Slice of MIT

Jul 17, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Photo: Jimmy Day/MIT Media Lab

Expanding tissue samples before imaging offers detailed information about disease.

MIT and Harvard Medical School researchers have devised a way to image biopsy samples with much higher resolution — an advance that could help doctors develop more accurate and inexpensive diagnostic tests.

Jul 17, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Image: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

Technique could lead to cameras that can handle light of any intensity, audio that doesn’t skip or pop.

Virtually any modern information-capture device — such as a camera, audio recorder, or telephone — has an analog-to-digital converter in it, a circuit that converts the fluctuating voltages of analog signals into strings of ones and zeroes.

Jul 14, 2017. Posted by Tom Gearty

At the reopening of the Thomas Hughes Children's Library in downtown Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks to children playing with toys from Learning Beautiful, a company co-founded by Kim Smith SM '17.

Adam Savage’s ‘Tested’ visits the Center for Bits and Atoms
Adam Savage, the former host of ‘Mythbusters,’ took a tour of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms for his website, Tested. He was guided by CBA founder Neil Gershenfeld and Media Lab alum and current post-doc Nadya Peek SM ’10 PhD ’16. See a video of the tour.

Jul 13, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

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Startup’s stress sensor tracks users’ unconscious responses to products and experiences.

Humans experience a range of emotions in response to products and experiences on a daily basis. Shoppers may get excited for certain brands and then overwhelmed by choices. Audience members may oscillate between apathy and engagement during performances. Children can become frustrated, bored, or entertained while learning a new subject.

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The MIT Club of New York and MITArchA, (the MIT Architecture Alumni Affinity Group) and CAMIT (the Council for the Arts at MIT) hosted Marcel Botha, SM ’06 for a talk about his company, 10xBeta, an innovative product design consultancy focusing on consumer and healthcare products. The event was held at Arup New York, located in Manhattan’s Financial District.

Jul 10, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

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A novel thesis in the form of a podcast gives voice to issues of security and identity in New York and Paris.

As an undergraduate at Princeton University, Jessica Myers MCP ’17 threw herself into writing a thesis on urban food markets in New Orleans. After many months of work, however, she was disappointed to see it filed away, virtually unread. For her graduate thesis in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), she was determined to resist that fate.

Jul 10, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Photo: Christopher Harting

Study: Being near colleagues helps cross-disciplinary research on papers and patents.

Want to boost collaboration among researchers? Even in an age of easy virtual communication, physical proximity increases collaborative activity among academic scholars, according to a new study examining a decade’s worth of MIT-based papers and patents.

In particular, the study finds that cross-disciplinary and interdepartmental collaboration is fueled by basic face-to-face interaction within shared spaces.

Jul 07, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Density of highly educated residents, rather than income or ethnic composition, predicts revitalization.

Four years ago, researchers at MIT’s Media Lab developed a computer vision system that can analyze street-level photos taken in urban neighborhoods in order to gauge how safe the neighborhoods would appear to human observers.

Jul 07, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Assistant professor of urban studies and planning argues immigration is good for the U.S. and that President Trump's executive order threatens national security.

Jul 07, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Holobiont, the latest issue of the Journal of Design and Science, suggests that when we look at the connections — as opposed to what’s connected — a new structure of the world is revealed. For this issue, a small group of researchers, designers, and other practitioners were invited to contribute work that speaks to this idea of symbiotic exchange.

Jul 05, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

With the MIT Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation (CITE) entering its fifth year, I sat down with Ford International Professor of Urban Planning and CITE’s Director Bishwapriya Sanyal, to gather his thoughts on what the program has accomplished over its tenure, and what lessons one could learn about how to address developmental challenges drawing on CITE’s research

Jul 06, 2017. Posted by Tom Gearty

Daryl Carter aims to dispel myths about affordable housing
Daryl Carter MArch ’81 SM ’81, founder and CEO of Avanath Capital Management, talks to Forbes about common misconceptions about people who live in affordable housing. Read more about his company, career, and ideas at Forbes.

Jul 07, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

This spring ACT graduate student Angel Chen SMVisS ’17 set off in search of a space under construction to stage an art installation, and was drawn to Building 18’s 4th floor lab renovation.

Jul 06, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Involving local farmers in tackling a problem can provide long-lasting benefits.

As the old saying goes, teaching someone to fish is far more helpful than just giving them a fish. Now, research from WorldFish and MIT takes that adage a step further: Better yet, the study found, is working with the fishermen to help develop better fishing methods.

Jul 06, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

System with $150 worth of hardware offers alternative to 3-D scanners that cost 200 times as much.

Last year, a team of forensic dentists got authorization to perform a 3-D scan of the prized Tyrannosaurus rex skull at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, in an effort to try to explain some strange holes in the jawbone.

Jun 28, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

An interdisciplinary team of MIT graduate students, including SA+P's Alpha Arsano, Anran Li, and faculty advisor Caitlin Mueller, were recently honored at NASA's Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Design Competition Forum. The challenge involved designing a commercially enabled habitable module for use in low Earth orbit that would be extensible for future use as a Mars transit vehicle. The team’s design won first place in the competition’s graduate division.

Jun 29, 2017. Posted by Tom Gearty

In Lebanon, DUSP alumna Zeina Saab's NGO helps young people develop their talent

Jun 21, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Texting-based surveys from Architecture alum Kenfield Griffith PhD ’12 capture purchasing and behavior data from people living in remote areas.

While on location in remote areas of Kenya, researching automation and home manufacturing for his doctoral dissertation, Kenfield Griffith PhD ’12 encountered a significant lack of data.

Jun 16, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Senseable City Lab visualizes 20 years of data to show how students, faculty, and scholars join MIT from all over the world.

Jun 28, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Hilary Ballon, PhD ’85 in History, Theory, and Criticism, and a dear friend to the School, passed away on June 16, 2017, at age 61. Ballon was a university professor and professor of architecture and urbanism at New York University, and deputy vice chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi, which she played an instrumental role in founding.

Jun 16, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Fifty years after completing his Masters in Architecture and Planning at MIT, Jeffrey Heller ’64 ’67 FAIA has been honored with the MITArcha Alumni Achievement Award. Heller received the honor at an event in San Francisco in May, hosted by the MIT Architecture Alumni (MITArchA) group.

Jun 16, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

New open-source website features blueprints for lab-on-a-chip devices.

Jun 16, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

This summer, MIT professors, students, and staff are traveling across Greater China to teach, learn from, and work with Chinese counterparts on a variety of projects.

Jun 09, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Apple CEO urges graduating class to “work toward something greater than yourself.”

Tim Cook, the renowned CEO of Apple, spoke to MIT’s Class of 2017 on a beautiful sunny morning in the Institute’s Killian Court, urging the graduates to search for a direction and purpose that extends beyond their own lives.

Jun 08, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Innovative MIT research focuses on developing systems to perceive and identify objects in their environment and understand social interactions in traffic.

Jun 07, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT professor wants public health advocates to think big about future trends.

Jun 05, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Venture accelerator DesignX unleashes entrepreneurs’ ideas to transform the built environment.

What do portable desks for children in developing countries, 3-D models of underutilized Boston real estate, and devices that track opioids in city sewers have in common? They are among the products or services developed by the first cohort of teams participating in DesignX, MIT’s newest innovation accelerator.

Jun 01, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Electrodes placed on the scalp could help patients with brain diseases.

Delivering an electrical current to a part of the brain involved in movement control has proven successful in treating many Parkinson’s disease patients. This approach, known as deep brain stimulation, requires implanting electrodes in the brain — a complex procedure that carries some risk to the patient.

Jun 01, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Muscle grafts could help amputees sense and control artificial limbs.

A new surgical technique devised by MIT researchers could allow prosthetic limbs to feel much more like natural limbs. Through coordination of the patient’s prosthetic limb, existing nerves, and muscle grafts, amputees would be able to sense where their limbs are in space and to feel how much force is being applied to them.

This type of system could help to reduce the rejection rate of prosthetic limbs, which is around 20 percent.

May 31, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Nine new Director’s Fellows bring their diverse experiences to a global network empowered by technology created at the MIT Media Lab.

May 31, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Press' first major digitization endeavor ushers in a new era of access.

May 26, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore
May 22, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Five SA+P students received Harold and Arlene Schnitzer awards in the visual arts for excellence in a body of artistic work.

May 24, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Sheets of gelatin transform into 3-D shapes when dunked in water; could save food shipping costs.

“Don’t play with your food” is a saying that MIT researchers are taking with a grain or two of salt. The team is finding ways to make the dining experience interactive and fun, with food that can transform its shape when water is added.

May 23, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

New York City event invites DUSP alumni and alumnae to reconnect and share their work.

On Sunday, May 7, nearly 100 DUSP alumni and alumnae gathered at Affirmation Arts in New York City to reconnect and to share their work and ideas. Coinciding with the APA national planning conference, “DUSPx: Connections was attended by DUSP graduates from across the country and from the New York City area, together with current and prospective DUSP students.

May 19, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Ventilating flaps lined with live cells open and close in response to an athlete’s sweat.

A team of MIT researchers has designed a breathable workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to an athlete’s body heat and sweat. These flaps, which range from thumbnail- to finger-sized, are lined with live microbial cells that shrink and expand in response to changes in humidity. The cells act as tiny sensors and actuators, driving the flaps to open when an athlete works up a sweat, and pulling them closed when the body has cooled off.

May 19, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Author of “Blue Skies over Beijing” links Chinese air quality and urban development.

May 17, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

DUSP PhD student Rebecca Hui and her Roots Studio team win top prize for the most promising arts-focused startup at the Institute.

May 16, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

SA+P recognizes staff that have made exceptional contributions to their academic units, the school, and the Institute.

On Thursday, May 11th, three exceptional staff members of the MIT community were honored with Infinite Mile Awards. The awards were presented at a celebratory luncheon to John F. Kennedy from the MIT Center for Real Estate, Ellen Rushman, DUSP's Academic Programs Coordinator, and Amanda Stoll from the MIT Media Lab.

May 17, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Student teams develop technology-based tools to address racism and bias.

In July 2016, feeling frustrated about violence in the news and continued social and economic roadblocks to progress for minorities, members of the Black Alumni of MIT (BAMIT) were galvanized by a letter to the MIT community from President L. Rafael Reif. Responding to a recent series of tragic shootings, he asked “What are we to do?”

May 11, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Scratch Day @ MIT was one of more than 800 global events during May to celebrate the kids’ programming language and online community on its 10th anniversary.

Many of the children taking part in Scratch Day 2017 at the MIT Media Lab on May 6 were not even born when the Scratch programming language was released in 2007.

May 10, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

DUSP's Bish Sanyal is among 10 principal investigators from MIT to receive grants of up to $200,000 per year for two years, overhead free, for innovative research on food and water challenges.

May 08, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden toured the MIT Media Lab.

May 04, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Brandon Clifford, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture, has been awarded The Founders Rome Prize fellowship for 2017-2018 from the American Academy in Rome. Open to U.S. citizens, the Rome Prize is awarded each year to approximately 30 scholars, artists, writers, and composers.

May 03, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

The Center for Real Estate’s Albert Saiz talks about worldwide trends affecting housing, commercial real estate, and investment in the built environment.

May 02, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Five teams from SA+P are among the winners of this year's IDEAS Global Challenge. Congratulations Nesterly, Kumej, BioBot Labs, JORO, and Pukuni Community House!

Ten MIT student teams developing innovations to improve the lives of people around the world split awards totaling $95,000 — including a top prize for an app that tackles the U.S. opioid epidemic — at the annual IDEAS Global Challenge showcase and awards ceremony.

May 02, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

DUSP grad student John Arroyo honored for his service to the community; six high school and college students awarded $1,000 Memorial Scholarships.

Each year, the MIT Federal Credit Union (FCU) presents the People Helping People Award to an FCU member who exemplifies compassion, commitment to helping others, and a sense of social justice within the MIT community. At this year's annual FCU business meeting on April 26, John Arroyo, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, was named as the 2017 winner.

Apr 13, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Junior faculty members from Masdar Institute reflect on working with MIT professors, including DUSP's Alan Berger and Media Lab's César Hidalgo.

They came to MIT on different schedules, from different academic backgrounds, with different research and educational goals. But the four junior faculty members from a growing technology university in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) all described their time at MIT in much the same way: a transformational opportunity for themselves and, ultimately, for their students as well.

Apr 27, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Several graduate students from SA+P were recently honored at the 2017 Graduate Women of Excellence Reception. Each honoree was nominated by a member of the MIT Community in recognition of her leadership and service, dedication to mentorship and drive to improve the student experience.

Apr 26, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Technology developed at the MIT Media Lab could enable faster, cheaper, more adaptable building construction.

The list of materials that can be produced by 3-D printing has grown to include not just plastics but also metal, glass, and even food. Now, MIT researchers are expanding the list further, with the design of a system that can 3-D print the basic structure of an entire building.

Apr 18, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

In talk at MIT, Chicago mayor argues that major cities can lead on policy progress.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel laid out a case for bold action at the city level to make progress on education, inequality, climate change, and technology, in a wide-ranging talk at MIT on Friday afternoon.

“A hundred cities around the world today drive the economic, intellectual, and cultural energy of the world economy,” he told an audience of nearly 300 in the Wong Auditorium.

Apr 20, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

When some 45 MIT alumni and friends met April 2 for a private tour of the newly renovated East Wing of the National Gallery in Washington, they were doing more than celebrating the 100th birthday of I.M. Pei. ’40. True, Pei remains one of the world’s most influential architects and the building is one of his  masterpieces.

Apr 12, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT Media Lab's Joi Ito and Ed Boyden are among 11 from MIT elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for 2017.

Eleven MIT faculty members, including the chancellor of the Institute, are among 228 leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the academy announced today.

Apr 19, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

An entrepreneur who co-founded Wise Systems, Layla Shaikley SMArchS ’13 may be better known for her viral video created to combat media stereotypes of Muslim women.

Apr 11, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Both fans and foes of reality TV can get behind this reality video series—In My Shoeswas created by César Hidalgo, associate professor and director of the Media Lab’s Collective Learning group, in an effort to show future scientists what the life of an academic looks like.

View the video series at www.inmyshoes.info.

Mar 15, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

New supplement for Domus curated by DUSP Professor Carlo Ratti explores architectural innovation today. Read the issue, featuring interviews and work from faculty and researchers from across our School. 

Apr 06, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT's Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation announces its latest product evaluations and global partnerships.

The Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) at MIT has announced its 2017 product evaluations.

Apr 02, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT’s Kristel Smentek studies art, collectors, and commerce in new ways.

Who doesn’t like a good story about art, international espionage, and global commerce? Consider this one. In 1765, the French government of Louis XV dispatched two emissaries to China with six large tapestries intended for the Qianlong emperor. In theory, this was a gesture of Enlightenment universalism by France’s minister of state, Henri-Leonard Bertin.

Mar 31, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Advisor to $1.4 billion state plan sees health care as foundation for “Vital Brooklyn.”

Mar 31, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

New technique greatly reduces the number of exposures necessary for “lensless imaging.”

Compressed sensing is an exciting new computational technique for extracting large amounts of information from a signal. In one high-profile demonstration, for instance, researchers at Rice University built a camera that could produce 2-D images using only a single light sensor rather than the millions of light sensors found in a commodity camera.

Mar 22, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Scholars at MIT and in Mexico collaborate on projects spanning design, technology, and art.

MIT faculty, students, and alumni consistently find creative ways to apply their knowledge to local contexts, collaborating with partners around the globe to make the world a better place. Arguably, no MIT exchange is more fertile than the one the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) enjoys with Mexico.

Mar 14, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT Media Lab event, Beyond the Cradle, launches a new initiative to explore the final frontier

Mar 08, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

QS World University Rankings place MIT No. 1 in 12 of 46 subject areas

Mar 07, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT Media Lab supports new ways of harnessing responsible, ethical Disobedience aimed at challenging our norms, rules, or laws to benefit society with a $250K prize. Learn more and explore a brief history of disobedient role models through the ages. Nominate a person or group engaged in extraordinary acts of disobedience for public good.

Mar 09, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

DUSP's Eran Ben-Joseph to become co-director of MISTI’s Israel program.

Jan 10, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new platform for sharing faculty, student, and alumni perspectives on innovative design research, teaching, and practice. On Medium we will post illustrated stories that encompass news, first-person narratives, publication extracts, and reviews of exhibitions, books, and projects—from all parts of our diverse School. More at Medium.

Mar 06, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Very different cities have similar potential for ride sharing, study finds.

A newly published study co-authored by MIT researchers suggests that urban ride-sharing is feasible in a wide variety of cities around the globe — and indeed that the potential “shareability” of autos in those places is more similar, from place to place, than previously expected.

Mar 02, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Architecture lecturer Jessica Rosenkrantz writes programs mimicking processes in nature to "grow" objects that can be digitally fabricated.

School of Architecture and Planning lecturer Jessica Rosenkrantz’s career in design began somewhat as an accident and was sparked by a random comment by a graduate classmate at the Harvard University School of Design.

Feb 27, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Gallery Walk showcases exhibitions in art, architecture, and design.

Building 7 is most known for the soaring four-story lobby that greets visitors who enter the campus from Massachusetts Avenue. Not as widely recognized is that the building is home to four galleries that feature regular exhibitions of art, architecture, and design.

Feb 23, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Study of post-harvest storage technology use in Uganda assesses potential for farmer adoption, identifies supply chain challenges and solutions.

According to the World Food Program (WFP), nearly one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted, and over half of that food waste happens during production, post-harvest handling, and storage.

Feb 17, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

The mix of products that countries export is a good predictor of income distribution, study finds.

In a series of papers over the past 10 years, MIT Professor César Hidalgo and his collaborators have argued that the complexity of a country’s exports — not just their diversity but the expertise and technological infrastructure required to produce them — is a better predictor of future economic growth than factors economists have historically focused on, such as capital and education.

Feb 24, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

For his MIT residency, the Grammy-winning artist collaborates with over 150 student musicians to stage the monumental concert, "Imagination Off the Charts."

Feb 24, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Co-founded by DUSP PhD student Gregory Falco, the IoT cybersecurity startup, NeuroMesh placed second in MIT's 100K Accelerate competition.

Feb 24, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

A number of SA+P professors and researchers are offering short courses and digital programs through MIT Professional Education.

Learn more about SA+P faculty-led courses which include:

Advances in Imaging
Ramesh Raskar, Camera Culture, MIT Media Lab

Feb 17, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

The Winter 2017 issue of MIT Spectrum magazine features a broad range of stories from the SA+P community.

Read the issue online.

 

Feb 24, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

On January 31st, 2017, the MIT Club of New York and the MIT Architecture Affinity Group (MITArchA) hosted a Course IV Alumni Social event in New York City. The event was held at WeWork Charging Bull, located in New York’s Financial District, and was hosted by Melissa Marsh, M.Arch ’04, MITArchA’s Vice President of Membership.

Feb 14, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Professor in architecture and engineering will serve three-year term

Feb 10, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Urban Planning Alums Establish Fund for Doctoral Student Research

A new fund will provide vital financial support to doctoral candidates in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). Established by and named in honor of two of the department's alumni, the “Lynne Sagalyn and Gary Hack DUSP Fund” will provide grants up to $20,000 per student to enable research leading to doctoral dissertations; funds may be used for travel, data acquisition, student stipends, and other research expenses.

Feb 03, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

DUSP practicum proposes new approaches to mobility and housing in urban neighborhoods.

More than 20 million people live in metropolitan Mexico City, and most spend upwards of three hours a day riding to and from work, stuck in traffic jams.

The region has one of the world’s largest urban rail (metro) systems in the world, but most passenger traffic is concentrated on a few lines that serve the city center. Stations farther out are difficult to reach on foot and offer few amenities for commuters or residents.

Jan 27, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Startup brings solar-powered, phone-charging park benches and digital signs to cities worldwide.

Equipped with high-tech versions of common city fixtures — namely, smart benches and digital information signs — and fueled by a “deploy or die” attitude, MIT Media Lab spinout Changing Environments is hoping to accelerate the development of “smart” cities that use technology to solve urban challenges.

Jan 31, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT graduate students in energy fields gain skills and advance knowledge while helping to move toward a low-carbon future.

MIT graduate students working in energy conduct widely varied research projects — from experiments in fundamental chemistry to surveys of human behavior — but they share the common benefit of gaining hands-on work experience while helping to move the needle toward a low-carbon future.

Jan 30, 2017. Posted by Site Admin

Announcing the first Building 7 Block Party and Gallery Walk!

Start the spring semester with an evening of art, conversation, and community in the first-ever Building 7 Block Party and Gallery Walk on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5 – 7 PM.

Jan 26, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

New graduate student fellowship program announced at Media Lab event celebrating the life and work of Seymour Papert.

Jan 26, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

“City Digits: Local Lotto” teaches Brooklyn high school students how to work with data by analyzing lottery spending patterns.

What can we learn from where people buy their lottery tickets — and how much they spend?

City Digits: Local Lotto,” a project from the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT and colleagues at two New York institutions, is exploring this question with the help of Brooklyn high school students who live in low-income neighborhoods where lottery spending is significant.

Jan 20, 2017. Posted by Site Admin

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Alejandro Aravena will speak at MIT on January 26, 2017, in a lecture that is free and open to the public. Watch the live webcast starting at 6:30 pm.

Jan 23, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT researchers are helping architects optimize both design and energy efficiency.

Designing energy-efficient buildings can be challenging: Incorporating features that decrease the energy needed to run them often increases the energy-intensive materials required to build them, and vice versa. Now an MIT team has demonstrated a computer simulation that can help architects optimize their designs for both future operational energy and the initial energy required for making structural materials — at the same time.

Jan 20, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Freshman seminar inspires students to see the world with fresh eyes.

On a crisp afternoon in early September, seven MIT freshmen set out on a campus tour with their faculty advisor, John Ochsendorf, the Class of 1942 Professor in Architecture and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Their first stop was “The Big Sail,” the 33-ton steel sculpture by Alexander Calder that stands in McDermott Court.

Jan 17, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Media Lab graduate student selected from over 7,300 entrants, awarded $50,000 scholarship in contest inspired by the film "Hidden Figures."

Jan 12, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Research shows how rebuilding Britain’s Houses of Parliament in the 1800s helped create clean-air laws.

Britain’s dazzling Houses of Parliament building, constructed from 1840 until 1870, is an international icon. But the building’s greatest legacy may be something politicians and tourists don’t think about much: the clean air around it.

Jan 11, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

“The Food Lab” is the Twitter handle of J. Kenji López-Alt ’02 as well as the title of his new book. But there was a time when it hardly seemed likely that López-Alt would be closely associated with lab work.

As an MIT student, he swore off labs for good, switching his major from biology to architecture. “I spent my summers in high school and the summer after my freshman year working in labs. I got disillusioned with it,” he says. That’s how he ended up in the kitchen.

Jan 10, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Fund establishes a global initiative to advance artificial intelligence research for the public good.

The MIT Media Lab and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University will serve as the founding anchor institutions for a new initiative aimed at bridging the gap between the humanities, the social sciences, and computing by addressing the global challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Jan 09, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Introducing DesignX, MIT's newest entrepreneurship accelerator. DesignX is an entrepreneurial accelerator for student ventures that aims to transform the built environment, media, and design.

Jan 06, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Large-scale tests compare damage from insects and moisture using a variety of containers.

Jan 05, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Among the students, faculty, staff, and alumni honored in "the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young change-makers and innovators," is Hasier Larrea SM ’15 (MAS), foudner of Ori. “[Ori] allows for a number of configurations, from bedroom to office to living room, and back again, all controlled from one control panel.”
Read the full article at MIT News.

Jan 04, 2017. Posted by Amanda Moore

Initiative links MIT with São Paulo research centers to study affordability and accessibility.

The School of Architecture and Planning and the Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism (LCAU) at MIT have established a long-term initiative to rethink the future of affordable housing in Brazil, which faces an estimated shortage of 7 million units.

Dec 29, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

A look back at 2016 from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning.

This video features a selection of our most prominent stories from the MIT home page. From innovative startups, to groundbreaking research, to pushing the frontiers of architecture and design, it's been another remarkable year of work from our faculty, students, and alumni.

Dec 28, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

The former MIT Media Lab faculty member explored the intersections of play, learning, design, and technology.

Edith Ackermann, who was a professor at the MIT Media Lab from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Dec. 24. She was 70.

Swiss-born Ackermann earned all her degrees from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She earned a bachelor's degree in experimental psychology in 1969, two master's degrees in developmental psychology and clinical psychology in 1970, and a PhD in developmental psychology in 1981.

Dec 27, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

The STL Lab celebrates the first 2 years of its mission to create a new generation of socially responsible entrepreneurs and academics in the fields of architecture, planning, and real estate.

Dec 27, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito reflects on the Lab's discoveries and milestones of 2016 in response to critical global challenges.

We’ve all been witness to some trying times over the past 12 months, both in the United States and across the world. In sharing some of the highlights of the past year, we are fully cognizant of the challenges ahead, of the importance of academic freedom, and of ways we can best address some of the most critical global needs.

Dec 27, 2016. Posted by Tom Gearty

The Global Grid, a service focused on delivering daily news on “localized and unique architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning,” has named Archnet one of the Top 20 Architecture Websites for 2016.

Dec 27, 2016. Posted by Tom Gearty

The green canopy is an important and integral part of urban life. Trees help mitigate extreme temperatures, provide a natural respite from traffic, noise, and congestion, and improve the quality of life for those living in urban environments. However, the average citizen is often removed from understanding the individual features of their unique environmental habitats. How, then, can citizens be better engaged in this process so that they can play a more integral role in helping to shape the green canopies in their neighborhoods?

Dec 21, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Fifth annual MIT Water Summit brings together interdisciplinary panelists to give multiple perspectives on major issues surrounding the water sector.

Turn on the faucet and it is likely that clean, drinkable water will come out; water that can be safely consumed. However, one in four cities around the world are water-stressed, and almost 97 percent of the Earth’s water is undrinkable. From the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, to droughts across the country, the significance of water utility and sustainability is more prevalent than ever before.

Dec 16, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

The Media Lab has a new website: https://www.media.mit.edu/

Dec 15, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Veterans of civil rights movement urge students to join ongoing battle against injustice.

At a luncheon on Wednesday at MIT celebrating “Activism in the Era of MLK,” three iconic figures from the civil rights movement in the 1960s recalled their experiences during those turbulent and dangerous times as they worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the movement. They urged today’s students to continue to fight in a struggle that they say has really never ended.

Dec 14, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Eight student teams join MIT’s newest entrepreneurship accelerator.

Eight student-led teams hoping to launch ventures ranging from real estate development, to urban diagnostics, to novel design solutions for schoolchildren have been selected as the inaugural cohort for DesignX, the new entrepreneurship accelerator from MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P).

Dec 09, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Awards recognize exemplary student research and writing by master's degree candidates.

Elizabeth Reed Yarina MCP ’15, a teaching fellow with MIT-SUTD, and Lillian Jacobson MCP ’15 have been honored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) for works they published during their graduate programs at MIT. Yarina was awarded the Edward McClure Award for best master's student paper, and Jacobson won the Donald A. Schön Award for Reflective Practice.

Dec 07, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Noninvasive technique reduces beta amyloid plaques in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease.

Using LED lights flickering at a specific frequency, MIT researchers have shown that they can substantially reduce the beta amyloid plaques seen in Alzheimer’s disease, in the visual cortex of mice.

This treatment appears to work by inducing brain waves known as gamma oscillations, which the researchers discovered help the brain suppress beta amyloid production and invigorate cells responsible for destroying the plaques.

Nov 30, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Grant continues support for the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative. 

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) a $1.5 million grant in continued support for the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC).

Nov 30, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Inaugural exhibition in the newly renovated space features work from 20 MIT Arts Scholars. 

It’s a hard slog in the studio, battling with materials, suppressing self-doubts, cultivating a vision, destroying false starts, and ultimately creating something new. To emerging artists, seeing work outside the confines of one's studios and in a gallery setting is no mere frivolity; it is formative. Exhibitions change relationships to both one's work and audience.

Nov 28, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT professor explains how “productive neighborhoods” can remake cities.

Cities around the world are redeveloping industrial areas, downtown districts, and exurban office parks with a mix of retail, housing, and the anchors of the new digital economy: startup incubators and co-working spaces. But beyond these basic ingredients, what makes a 21st-century urban neighborhood both a productive and an enriching place to live and work?

Nov 22, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

At UN Climate Change Conference, MIT researchers share insights on implementing climate commitments.

Nov 22, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Retrospective documents 15 years of Aga Khan Program

A retrospective of posters for the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, designed by José Luis Argüello, is on display now in Rotch Library.

Nov 14, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Encapsulating molecular components in artificial membranes offers more flexibility in designing circuits.


Synthetic biology allows scientists to design genetic circuits that can be placed in cells, giving them new functions such as producing drugs or other useful molecules. However, as these circuits become more complex, the genetic components can interfere with each other, making it difficult to achieve more complicated functions. 

Nov 08, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT and Uber team up to study the potential for shared rides and vehicles to reshape urban mobility.

The Senseable City Lab and the transportation company Uber are launching a research initiative to explore how car- and ride-sharing networks could reshape the future of urban mobility. This initiative will explore new mobility paradigms for the 21st century, building on both parties’ data and analytics strengths.

Nov 04, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Samuel Tak Lee Graduate Fellow Zixiao Yin plans to serve communities back home in Inner Mongolia.

Nov 07, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Hong Kong will be the next stop on MIT's Better World global tour.

Nov 03, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Real Estate Innovation Lab to promote the future of urban development by showing investors how it can work.

A new lab in the MIT Center for Real Estate (CRE) will link the creation of the built environment to economic impact, seeking to identify innovations in design and technology that will determine the future of communities and cities.

Nov 03, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

“Morphing” wing could enable more efficient plane manufacturing and flight.

Oct 28, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Four join the SA+P faculty, while seven are recognized for work in art, architecture, and urbanism.

The School of Architecture and Planning has announced that seven faculty members have been recognized by being promoted, granted tenure, or given significant new roles.

In addition, four new professors have joined the school in the Department of Architecture and the Program in Media Arts and Sciences. Their research ranges from architectural design to self-assembling materials to genetic engineering.

Oct 26, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

The Engine will provide funding, space, and expertise — powering a network of innovation networks.

Today MIT President L. Rafael Reif announced the creation of The Engine, a new kind of enterprise designed to support startup companies working on scientific and technological innovation with the potential for transformative societal impact.

President Reif made the announcement at an evening event at The Engine’s Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, headquarters attended by entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, and members of the MIT community.

Oct 26, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

"SCIENTIA" is the newest addition to MIT's Public Art Collection.

Oct 26, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT team awarded U.S. Department of Energy grant to investigate cost reductions in solar energy systems.

MIT researchers have been awarded a grant of nearly $1.3 million through the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to study the reasons for solar energy’s rapid and sustained cost decline and how to continue reducing costs in the future.

Oct 25, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

San Francisco will be the next stop on MIT's Better World global tour.

On the evening of Oct. 20, more than 600 alumni and friends of MIT gathered at New York City’s Cipriani 25 Broadway to hear President L. Rafael Reif share his vision for the future of MIT.

Oct 24, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

New library proposals meant to enhance “meaningful access to knowledge.”

An MIT task force is releasing a preliminary report featuring a set of proposals aimed at steering MIT’s library system toward becoming an “open global platform” enabling the “discovery, use, and stewardship of information and knowledge” for future generations.

Oct 24, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

School of Architecture and Planning will develop curriculum, courses for Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation.

MIT and the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) announced today a strategic collaboration in which faculty from the School of Architecture and Planning will help launch the new undergraduate educational institution in Dubai focused on design.

Oct 24, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Combining cellphone data with perceptions of public spaces could help guide urban planning.

For years, researchers at the MIT Media Lab have been developing a database of images captured at regular distances around several major cities. The images are scored according to different visual characteristics — how safe the depicted areas look, how affluent, how lively, and the like.

Oct 21, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT professors take on problem formulation in thermal science: It can be taught, and their new book describes how.

In August, Leon Glicksman, an MIT professor of architecture and mechanical engineering, and John Lienhard, a professor of mechanical engineering, published "Modeling and Approximation in Heat Transfer" (Cambridge University Press).

Oct 19, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

New DesignX accelerator speeds innovation at the School of Architecture and Planning

The School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) has launched a new entrepreneurship accelerator, DesignX, to cultivate and assist students and faculty developing products, systems, and companies that focus on design and the built environment.

Oct 13, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Study of malaria rapid diagnostic tests in Uganda assesses scalability, identifies supply chain challenges.

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly half of the world’s population is at risk for malaria, a life-threatening, but ultimately curable and preventable disease spread by mosquitos.

Oct 13, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

PhD student Lily Bui works with communities around the world to gather data from the bottom up.

Lily Bui’s path to her PhD program in urban studies and planning at MIT has been a meandering one, yet along the way she has followed her passions while finding new ways to support communities at the grassroots level.  

Oct 12, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

President Barack Obama and MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito discuss the challenges and opportunities facing us in bringing the technology of science fiction into the real world, from driverless cars to automated jobs with Scott Dadich in the November issue of WIRED.

Oct 04, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Words from the editors

The editors of Experience: Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense, Caroline Jones, David Mather and Rebecca Uchill, describe the unusual material features, artistic interventions and intellectual provocations that make this book object something more than a typical codex.  

Sep 29, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT researchers develop a decision-making tool for global classrooms looking to deploy educational technologies.

Sep 26, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

“Electome” project charts the national conversation in unique detail.

Sep 25, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Grad student Billy Ndengeyingoma helps improve affordable-housing design in Africa.

Billy Ndengeyingoma’s time at MIT has been marked by transitions. He has moved from one continent to another, from an undergraduate program to a master’s, and from a civil engineering specialty to urban planning.

Yet no matter what is happening in his life, he has learned to always make time for self-reflection. This practice has helped him discover a great deal about himself, and has pushed him to think deeply about the impact he wants to have on the world.  

Sep 22, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT architecture jumps to No. 2 spot in annual survey.

The professional master's of architecture program at MIT has tied for second in the nation in the latest DesignIntelligence rankings, a jump from fifth position last year. MIT's architecture program has consistently appeared among the top 10 in this annual assessment of nationally accredited graduate programs.

Sep 19, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT, AMS Institute will collaborate to solve complex urban problems for Amsterdam with the development of autonomous "roboats."

MIT has signed an agreement to engage in research collaborations with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) in the Netherlands. The collaboration’s flagship project, led by researchers from multiple departments at MIT, will be to develop a fleet of autonomous boats for the city’s canals.

Sep 19, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Samuel Tak Lee Building filled with light and life after summer renovations.

Last year, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and the Center for Real Estate (CRE) gathered to give Building 9 a new name: the Samuel Tak Lee Building. This week, they came together again to celebrate the extensive summer renovations that have given the building a new look and rejuvenated spaces.

Sep 19, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Professor of urban design and public policy Brent Ryan believes good architecture can help revive cities.

Most of us have looked at an ugly building and thought: I could do better than that. Brent Ryan turned that idea into a career.

Sep 14, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88 and other thought leaders offer advice to students on how women in STEM fields can develop skills for navigating life and work.

Not that many years ago, Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88 was poised to embark on a career in technology, a field long dominated by white men. Now, the MIT alumna is the United States’ Chief Technology Officer, and she’s determined to tamp down gender bias and step up diversity, especially in STEM.

Sep 09, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

New computational imaging method identifies letters printed on first nine pages of a stack of paper.

MIT researchers and their colleagues are designing an imaging system that can read closed books.

In the latest issue of Nature Communications, the researchers describe a prototype of the system, which they tested on a stack of papers, each with one letter printed on it. The system was able to correctly identify the letters on the top nine sheets.

Sep 02, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT’s Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab uses gaming to advance its mission in China.

In China, city development through effective planning and real estate investment is serious business, but learning about it can be fun and games. Thanks to a new approach developed at MIT, a game based on socially responsible real estate practices was tested in China this summer.

Sep 01, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Mobile-phone data helps researchers study an urban problem in greater detail.

What’s the best way to measure human exposure to urban pollution? Typically, cities do so by studying air-quality levels in fixed places. New York City, for example, has an extensive monitoring network that measures air quality in 155 locations.

But now a study led by MIT researchers, focused on New York City, suggests that using mobile-phone data to track people’s movement provides an even deeper picture of exposure to pollution in urban settings.

Jul 14, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT–Tsinghua collaboration grapples with urban issues in China.

This winter, China released its 13th “Five-Year Plan,” a socioeconomic blueprint for designing the country’s future. Alongside measures to improve per capita income, life expectancy, air and water quality, innovation, and other initiatives to build a healthier and more prosperous society, the plan also calls for “new-type urbanization.”

Jul 11, 2016. Posted by Tom Gearty

Students and faculty from SA+P, MISTI teaching, working, and learning across Greater China

This summer, MIT professors, students, and staff are traveling across China to teach, learn from, and work with Chinese counterparts on a variety of projects. Numerous teams are associated with the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) and the MIT International Science and Technology Initiative (MISTI).

Jul 05, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

When an employee at Google’s Mexico City office takes a post-lunch plunge into the on-site ball pit, is she working or playing? And when an employee in one of Foxconn’s factory sites in China leaps from his eighth-floor dormitory, only to be cradled in recently installed “suicide” netting, is he fulfilling or transgressing the design of the workspace? What is the “work” that is supposed to happen in the workspace and how have transformations of the tools, economies, demographics, and technologies within the workspace shaped the notion of work?

May 26, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT has launched a comprehensive fundraising initiative that aims to raise $5 billion to advance the Institute’s work on some of the world’s biggest challenges. Learn more about the SA+P community’s commitment to building a better world in a statement from Dean Hashim Sarkis

May 23, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

Funding supports the development of a “virtual museum” from an archive of experimental works.

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) of the School of Architecture and Planning an NEA Art Works grant to support the digitization and online presentation of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) Special Collection.

Apr 29, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

MIT has named its Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) in honor of Norman B. Leventhal '38, a visionary developer and philanthropist at the center of Boston’s postwar revival. A life member emeritus of the MIT Corporation who died last year, Mr. Leventhal was a vital member of the MIT community for three-quarters of a century.

The center was officially named the Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism today at a signing ceremony attended by Alan and Sherry Leventhal and other members of Norman Leventhal’s extended family.

Apr 27, 2016. Posted by Amanda Moore

A number of SA+P professors and researchers are offering short courses and digital programs through MIT Professional Education.

Learn more about SA+P faculty-led courses which include:

Advances in Imaging
Ramesh Raskar, Camera Culture, Media Lab

Apr 15, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

Architects, artists, and designers from the MIT community will constitute a robust presence at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

With ten full-time and visiting faculty, multiple alumni, and numerous contributing researchers and graduate students, the MIT community is deeply integrated into the extensive programming associated with the Biennale, including the main exhibition, national pavilions, and collateral locations across the historic city. In all, individuals from the MIT community are represented in many separate installations and exhibitions.

Apr 14, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

MIT moved from Boston to Cambridge 100 years ago. Alumni and friends of MIT and SA+P are invited to campus for an Open House on April 23 to celebrate the Centennial. 

Apr 13, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

The Department of Architecture will launch a new Minor in Design (D-Minor) in Fall 2016. "Undergraduates across MIT are excited about design. They’re participating in increasing numbers in classes and research projects that engage challenging, multi-disciplinary design problems. We are delighted to now offer our very creative and talented undergrads a more structured opportunity to pursue their particular design interests," says Terry Knight, Professor of Design and Computation and Design Minor Advisor.

Apr 05, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

Hot off the presses, the latest publication from SA+P Press showcases over ten years worth of MIT/DUSP studios, practica, and workshops.  In these 128-pages you can read about student work around the country and around the globe – from the neighborhoods of Boston to the streets of Beijing, from Maine to Manila, from the Salton Sea to Singapore.er of print copies as well if you need them.)

Apr 04, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

For the second year in a row, MIT has been named the top university in the world for architecture/built environment in the latest subject rankings from QS World University Rankings. In art and design, the Institute ranked No. 2 globally, a jump from fourth position in 2015. Ten other subject areas at MIT were ranked number one.

Apr 04, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

From Hashim Sarkis
Dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Beauty, as Elaine Scarry explained, leaves us weak but gratified. It makes us want to extend the gratification longer by copying it. Curiously, this act of replication does not take away from the originality of the thing of beauty. To the contrary, it confirms its uniqueness and adds to its persona, its public role as the face of a value that is collectively upheld, distributed, and shared. If anything has persona, it is the architecture of Zaha Hadid.

Apr 01, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

Design & Computation graduate student Inés Ariza has been awarded a 2016 Quarra Matter fellowship for development of digital workflows in design and fabrication. http://news.mit.edu/2016/in%C3%A9s-ariza-named-2016-quarramatter-fellow-0308  Nathan Brown, a graduate student in Building Technology, received an SOM Foundation Fellowship to support travel related to the study of architectural performance issues. 

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Mar 18, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

Future of Suburbia [Conference] is introduced by Eric Bender in Moving Beyond Suburban Legends. The conference is designed to appeal broadly to professionals involved in urban planning and development, and will explore how suburbs and their metropolitan areas may be made more sustainable and livable through better design and planning. The gathering will build on a two-year research effort by CAU, which has sought to go beyond traditional analyses of urban lands

Mar 30, 2016 - 12:00 PM
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Mar 15, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

College campuses have long played a vital role in our society: as educators of future generations, incubators for innovation and economic development, and partners with the communities we serve.

SA+P invites you to join leaders in campus design and educational innovation at Then, Now, Next, a symposium on the future of college campuses. Academic and industry partners will share ideas on the past, present, and future, as well as explore MIT’s role as an innovative campus.

Mar 02, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

The following obituary was graciously provided to us by the family of Professor Myer:

John Randolph Myer, known as Jack to his friends and family, died of natural causes on February 17th, surrounded by his family.  He was 89 years old.  Mr. Myer was a prominent Boston architect, founder of Arrowstreet, Inc. and was department head of MIT’s Department of Architecture from 1982-1987.  With Kevin Lynch, and others, Jack Myer was instrumental in the Downtown Waterfront Renewal Plan, the Boston Architectural Center, and the Massachusetts State Archives Building.

Feb 25, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

Christoph Reinhart, (https://architecture.mit.edu/faculty/christoph-reinhart) associate professor of architecture, and Carlos Cerezo, a PhD student in the Building Technology Program, together with their Sustainable Design Lab (http://mit.edu/SustainableDesignLab/) colleagues, have developed a citywide urban building energy model of unprecedented scale and spatio-temporal detail.

Feb 25, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

Architect Hashim Sarkis (http://www.hashimsarkis.com) became the dean of SA+P one year ago. A recent profile details his practice, why he came to MIT, and his thoughts on design and democracy. Learn more at MIT News. (http://news.mit.edu/2016/faculty-profile-hashim-sarkis-0208)

Feb 16, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

A team of four Architecture students – David Birge, Gabriel Kozlowski, Difei Xu (SMArchS Urbanism ’15) and Barry Beagan (M.Arch ’15) received Second Prize in the invited International Student Urban Design Competition for Shanghai Railway Station Area.

Feb 11, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

Dessen Hillman SMArchS ’14 and Erioseto Hendranata MArch ’14, have received the 2015 Lawrence B. Anderson Award for their proposal, "Rediscovering Communal Spaces Through The Everyday Rituals in Indonesia.” The award will support their study of traditional cultures and rituals across Indonesia, in order to learn and uncover knowledge on communal spaces that can inform larger current architecture design discussions.

For more information on their project, please see the project proposal website.

Nov 16, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Times Square Arts selected Collective—LOK as the winner of 2016 annual Times Square Valentine Heart Pavilion, curated by the Center for Architecture. 

Heart of Hearts
Times Square, New York, NY
2016

Feb 01, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

Architecture Professor of the Practice Sheila Kennedy, Lecturer Ryan Murphy, and Professor J. Meejin Yoon received awards at the Boston Society of Architects 2016 Design Awards, held January 28, 2016. 

Feb 01, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

Marvin Minsky, professor emeritus of the Media Lab, was known as the "father of artificial intelligence" through his work at MIT's CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory), which he co-founded in 1959. He died Sunday, January 24, of a cerebral hemorrhage, at 88 years of age.

His obituary is available on MIT News: Marvin Minsky, “father of artificial intelligence,” dies at 88

 Minsky's worldwide influence is easily seen by the amount of media coverage:

Jan 14, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

Professor Stanford Anderson, in the History, Theory and Criticism discipline group of the Department of Architecture, died on Jan. 5. He will be missed by many in the School, as well as those touched by his 50 years at MIT.

His obituary is available on the MIT News website. 

A memorial service for Anderson will be held Feb. 26 in MIT's Kresge Chapel beginning at 3 p.m. A reception will follow. Donations in his memory can be made to MIT Department of Architecture.

Dec 30, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

The "Heart of Hearts” pavilion, designed by Collective—LOK, opened in Father Duffy Square in Times Square, NYC on February 9th, 2016. It will remain on view through March 6, 2016.
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Love for Times Square: MIT professor, PhD candidate design Valentine’s Day pavilion for New York City.
http://news.mit.edu/2015/love-for-times-square-art-installation-1228 

Jan 07, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

Skylar Tibbits, Research Scientist and Director of the Self-Assembly Lab, was named the Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine at the annual R&D 100 Awards. The award is presented each year to an “individual or team who has demonstrated leadership, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and success in the pursuit of science and technology.” It is the magazine’s top individual award.

Dec 15, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Caleb Harper, a research scientist in MIT's Media Lab, and his work with "CityFARM" are attracting the attention of media and industry alike, with coverage by numerous news outlets as well as a partnership with retailer, Target.

Dec 08, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Archinect's Paul Petrunia and Amelia Taylor-Hochberg sat down with Dean Hashim Sarkis to hear his perspective in comparing architecture education and practice.

"Our interview revolves around the same questions we ask in our Deans List series – how architecture education and practice are changing, how to address student needs, MIT’s particular take on how to cultivate exceptional architects, and the culture of the school in a global urban context."

Nov 23, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

An architectural exploration into ancient building techniques led students to create a 2,000 pound monument in honor of classmate Carrie McKnelly's parents who were lost in a fire.

Last May, students in Brandon Clifford's Megalithic Robotics class each designed small-scale models, but decided to create McKnelly's sculpture in full size: http://architecture.mit.edu/architectural-design/project/mcknelly-megalith

Nov 13, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

The MIT Center for Real Estate (CRE), hosted a meeting of the Architectural and Engineering Council of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM), to help make connections between MIT researchers and developers in order to modernize construction practices.

“We have no choice but to challenge assumptions, understand potential future scenarios, and build better strategies," said Gunnar Branson, president and CEO of NAREIM.

Nov 06, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

A new method to help communities manage climate risks

Perhaps you have heard the adage “think globally, act locally.” A DUSP project taking that idea to heart has demonstrated a new method for getting local citizens and leaders to agree on the best ways of managing the immediate and long-term effects of climate change.  

Oct 28, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

P. Christopher Zegras SM ’01, MCP ’01, PhD ’05 has been named the lead principal investigator for the Future of Urban Mobility Interdisciplinary Research Group at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART).

Oct 27, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Professor of the Practice Sheila Kennedy and her team at Kennedy Voilich Architecture (KVA), designed an innovative entryway as part of their transformation of Harvard's Tozzer Building, which was recently awarded a Best in Class prize from the Brick Industry Association of America. The entryway evokes ancient monuments while harnessing state-of-the-art computational design.

Read more about the Tozzer Building on MIT News

Oct 20, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Please join us in congratulating Architecture Professor John E. Fernandez, who was named the new leader of MIT's Environmental Solutions Initiative!

Oct 09, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

J. Meejin Yoon, a professor and head of the Department of Architecture, was honored this week with the 2015 New Generation Leader award at a ceremony held Oct. 6 by Architectural Record as part of the magazine’s second annual Women in Architecture Forum and Awards event.

Oct 08, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

 Joining faculty from different discipline groups, the Cross-Studios are a new model of teaching studios in the Department of Architecture. The cross-studios allow students to experience novel and innovative research that bridges between design, history, and engineering.

Sep 23, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

The Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab (STL Lab), in conjunction with the Center for Real Estate (CRE) and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), has announced its first round of faculty research grants, awarding $1.5 million to 13 MIT researchers and their teams.

Sep 14, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

A new group has formed to offer opportunities for alumni of MIT architecture to connect and re-connect with each other, current students, and the Department of Architecture, as well as the School of Architecture and Planning and the Institute at large.

The MIT Architecture Alumni group—or MITArchA, pronounced "mit-ARK-ah", for short—was proposed and formed by alumni of the school, led by Jacob Kain MArch ’00. Official approval by the Alumni Association is pending, with a formal vote schedule for Sept. 24, 2015.

Two events will help launch MITArchA later this month:

Sep 22, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

A new film highlights the Course 4 Undergraduate Program in Architecture. Watch the video to see the work and hear from our current Course 4 students and recent alumni, here.

"The magical thing about Course 4 is it teaches you how to take your creativity and design ideas and translate them into physical realities that are spatial, occupiable, inhabitable and have a powerful cultural resonance," said Meejin Yoon, Professor and Department Head. 

Sep 04, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

This fall, SA+P's Department of Urban Studies and Planning welcomes four new faculty to its ranks. Combining the tools of urban planning and design with expertise in complementary disciplines, the group adds considerable strength to the department in areas such as public health and healthcare, environmental policy and planning, energy and other infrastructure systems, and the intersection of property, land use, and civil rights law.

The four new professors are:

Sep 02, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Assistant Professor Joel Lamere and his firm GLD, lecturer Cristina Parreño Alonso of Cristina Parreño Architecture, and Marie Law Adams MArch '06 with Landing Studio, designed three of four installations for the 2015 Design Biennial Boston.

The installations are on view on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston through Sept. 25, 2015. 

Read the full story at MIT News

Aug 17, 2015. Posted by Judith Daniels

The MIT Center for Real Estate announces the launch of the BuildZoom and Urban Economics Lab New Index: a new set of residential construction and remodeling indices. The Index shows that in contrast to the tepid recovery of new home construction, the remodeling of existing homes has surpassed its pre-­crisis level. 

 For the full story go to: http://mitcre.mit.edu/news/new-eye-on-housing-and-the-economy

Jul 16, 2015. Posted by Judith Daniels

What can big data tell us about the predictability of medical conditions? A new study by MIT researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports digs into this question by looking at anonymous data from over 500,000 patients. Among the findings is that our electronic medical records contain data that is up to 90 percent predictable — although this level of predictability is only attainable in theory. However, it can guide algorithmic designers and practitioners on what is possible in principle.

Jul 14, 2015. Posted by Judith Daniels

MIT historian of technology discusses new work examining “digital citizenship.”

Jul 14, 2015. Posted by Judith Daniels

Two global trends — bigger cities and more data — converged last week at MIT, where an international conference on computing and urban studies showed how researchers are harnessing more and more information in an attempt to help cities grow, improve transportation, and prepare for a changing climate and potential disasters.

Read the full story at MIT News.

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Jun 26, 2015. Posted by Site Admin

Last winter painfully highlighted the public transportation challenges facing the Greater Boston region, as the struggles of the T became the struggles of Bostonians and Massachusetts residents to get to work and manage their daily lives.

Jun 17, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Professor Eric Klopfer, director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program, and Vijay Kumar, associate dean of digital learning, have secured funding from MIT's Office of Digital Learning and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for a new program to aid educators in using emerging technologies called the MIT PK12 Initiative.

The program is detailed in an article by MIT News.

Jun 15, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Four from SA+P were recently named as two of National Geographic's 2015 Emerging Explorers. From Architecture, research scientist and lecturer Skylar Tibbits, and Caleb Harper, MA '14, were named, and from the Media Lab David Sengeh, SM '12, and Manu Prakash, SM '05, PhD '08. These four are among six from MIT honored as "young trailblazers," and 

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May 26, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Celebrate Summer and Meet SA+P’s New Dean at the Haitian Embassy in DC! 

Meet School of Architecture + Planning Dean Hashim Sarkis at an SA+P cocktail reception featuring hors d'oeuvres with a Caribbean flair.

May 14, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

The May edition of the international architecture magazine The Plan is featuring ORG's Fire Station in Asse.

May 14, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

ORG was selected and appointed for the design of a territorial urban vision for the future Metropolis of Aix-Marseille-Provence. The project is of a significant national importance in France, as Marseille is the second largest city of the country. The project is considered the Mediterranean equivalent of the Grand Paris project.

http://www.orgpermod.com/content/new-project-aix-marseille-provence

May 04, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

MIT was named the top university for architecture and the built environment by QS World University Rankings in 2015. Universities are scored in 36 different subject areas, on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. 

Read more on dezeen.com

 

Apr 30, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

The MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society awarded the 2015 Benjamin Siegel prize to "CONTESTED LANDSCAPES: Staking Claims in Michigan’s Copper Country," by Elizabeth Yarina, a joint Masters student in Architecture and City Planning. They noted:

Apr 15, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Situated on MIT’s campus in honor of Officer Sean Collier who was shot and killed on April 18th 2013, the Collier Memorial marks the site of tragedy with a timeless structure—translating the phrase "Collier Strong" into a space of remembrance through a form that embodies the concept of strength through unity.  The memorial is composed of thirty-two solid blocks of granite that form a five-way stone vault. Each block supports the other to create a central, covered space for reflection.

Apr 23, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) has received $1,500,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in support of the Center’s role as a catalyst for multidisciplinary creative experimentation and integration of the arts across all areas of MIT. The recent grant brings the Mellon Foundation’s total support for CAST to $3,000,000, among the largest gifts received by the Arts at MIT.

Read more

Apr 23, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Elizabeth Yarina is a winner in the  AIA Committee on the Environment/ACSA first annual AIA COTE Top Ten For Students Competition.  The competition "recognizes ten exceptional studio projects that seamlessly integrate innovative, regenerative strategies within their broader design concepts.

Apr 15, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

The Department will host an informational open house for students to meet faculty, students and staff in the Department and ask questions about the major and other academic opportunities within the Department. 

Friday, April 17, 2015 from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Long Lounge, Room 7-429.

A tour of the Department will follow.

Refreshments offered.

All freshmen are invited.

For more information, contact Renée Caso, 617-253-7792, yammie@mit.edu

Apr 13, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

The Market Street Prototyping Festival in San Francisco displays research that viewers decided should move from "prototype to reality." MIT's Urban RISK Lab was selected for its Emergency Preparedness Hub, on display on the corner of Market and Hayes Streets from April 9-11.

Apr 10, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

As an undergraduate, Leventhal studied civil engineering, becoming a naval architect during World War II. He founded the Beacon Construction Co. in 1946, along with his brother, Robert. He is known for several signature developments in Boston, as well as for being a "tireless benefactor." 

“He had a great interest in art and architecture,” said Alan Leventhal, noting that his father’s intellectual interests were well served by his committee work at MIT. “He had an enthusiasm that never left him.”

Mar 19, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

The work of Gyorgy Kepes, from 1937 through 1947, is on display at Tate Liverpool in northern England. Kepes was the first artist on staff at MIT when he began to teach visual communication in 1944. Kepes founded the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, now part of the Program in Art, Culture and Technology

Mar 12, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

An Illustrated Tour of MIT Work in Urbanization

Feb 21, 2015 - 9:00 AM
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Aug 22, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

SA+P MASTERCLASSES FOR THE UNENCUMBERED

Over the span of the next academic year, SA+P will invite artists and intellectuals of various stripes to host a one-day Master Class. No expertise is required to participate. In fact, just the opposite. Try something different, stretch your imagination, expand your lateral interests, or just have fun and get to know students from across the School. There are no grades, but bring your enthusiasm, intensity and collegiality.

Feb 25, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

As part of "Mapping Brooklyn," DUSP's Sarah Williams's digitized maps are presented alongside historic maps from the BHS collection. 

On view at BRIC House, from February 26 to September 6, with an opening reception February 25, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The exhibit is featured in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle: http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2015/1/30/new-exhibit-juxtapose-hi...

Feb 12, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

"Collective-LOK – a collaboration between Jon Lott (PARA-Project), William O'Brien Jr. (WOJR) and Michael Kubo (over,under) – designed the winning submission, selected from over 120 entries by 1000 public voters and an official competition jury."

Oct 16, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

Mapdwell’s web-based Solar System, developed by SA+P’s Sustainable Design Lab, helps users design at-home solar energy systems: it visualizes the costs and benefits of installing a solar roof by layering information about tax credits and carbon emissions savings onto a topographical map of roofs, and helps determine the most efficient spots for panels. Judges were smitten by its intuitive user interface, which crunches lots of data to become usable, business-forward, and most importantly, relevant to you.

 
Jul 14, 2014. Posted by Judith Daniels

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 faced by coastal communities in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  The state of New Jersey will receive $150M to implement CAU’s winning proposal. 

 
Jul 15, 2014. Posted by Judith Daniels

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 Lab is a key component in the Central Pavilion; and the Biennale’s highest honor – the Golden Lion – went to the Korean Pavilion, co-curated by alumnus Hyung-Min Pai (PhD’93, Architecture).

 
Jul 16, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers the keynote address to the second conference of the Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT.

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.

Jul 16, 2014. Posted by Scott Campbell

Recipients Will Work in Bangalore, Tanzania, Spain and Mexico

Nine MIT students and alumni have been awarded US Student Fulbright grants for the upcoming academic year, five of whom are from SA+P’s Department of Urban Studies + Planning.  The 2014 recipients have proposed a range of projects in countries as varied as India, Mexico, Tanzania, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Brazil and Togo.

Nov 18, 2014 - 1:00 PM
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Return, revisit, reacquaint, remember, renew and reinvent with faculty, alumni, and current students. End the afternoon with a cocktail reception during which alumni are invited to present posters of their work, converse with faculty members, and network with participants.

Click Here to Register by November 10

Jun 15, 2014. Posted by Scott Campbell

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.

 
Jun 15, 2014. Posted by Scott Campbell

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 from 2010 to 2014.

 
May 15, 2014. Posted by Scott Campbell

Tenure Marked by Advances in Art, Academics and Urbanism

In January, Adèle Naudé Santos, dean of SA+P since 2004, announced her decision to step down in June. She will stay on the faculty of both the architecture and planning departments and remain deeply involved with the new Center for Advanced Urbanism while continuing work with her prize-winning architectural practice, Santos-Prescott.

 
Jan 27, 2014. Posted by Site Admin

A $1M Grant to Create a Global Teaching Collaborative

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded MIT's School of Architecture + Planning a $1M grant to help create a Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative.