TREEPEDIA measures and compares green canopy in cities

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?

A Robust Presence for MIT at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

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.

Creating new spaces for art

Professor Judith Barry’s attention-grabbing installations create thought-provoking experiences for viewers.

For the first half of 2018, a large contemporary artwork greeted people entering the famed Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. An image two stories high on the museum’s façade showed people in a refugee boat looking upward — where a drone was taking photos.

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of February 11

Skylar Tibbits speaks to NYC alumni
At a March 12 gathering, Skylar Tibbits SM ’10 (MAS), cofounder of the MIT Self-Assembly Lab and Assistant Professor of Design Research in MIT Architecture, will join fellow alumni to discuss his work and research. Learn more and register for the event sponsored by the MIT Club of NY and MITArchA.

New parameters in graduate mentoring

Justin Steil is among three to be honored with the Committed to Caring Award.

Graduate students facing obstacles in their lives turn to their academic advisors more frequently than any other on-campus resource, according to the most recent MIT Enrolled Graduate Student Survey.

New collaboration sparks global connections to art through artificial intelligence

MIT designers, researchers, and students collaborate with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Microsoft to improve the connection between people and art.

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of February 4

Changing the urban landscape in China
Former fighter jet pilot Architecture alum Benjamin Wood MArch ’84 is helping to rethink Chinese cities. MIT Technology Review. 

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of January 21

One couple’s tireless crusade to stop a genetic killer
“For two graduate students who are not trained in science to come in and do what they did? Absolute forces of nature.” Eric Lander of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard describes DUSP alum Eric Minikel MCP '10 and Sonia Vallabh's research to stop a genetic killer. WIRED.

In China, a link between happiness and air quality

Moods expressed on social media tend to decline when air pollution gets worse, study finds.

For many years, China has been struggling to tackle high pollution levels that are crippling its major cities. Indeed, a recent study by researchers at Chinese Hong Kong University has found that air pollution in the country causes an average of 1.1 million premature deaths each year and costs its economy $38 billion.

Mapping the brain at high resolution

New 3-D imaging technique can reveal, much more quickly than other methods, how neurons connect throughout the brain.

Researchers have developed a new way to image the brain with unprecedented resolution and speed. Using this approach, they can locate individual neurons, trace connections between them, and visualize organelles inside neurons, over large volumes of brain tissue.