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.

Ekene Ijeoma joins MIT Media Lab

The new media arts and sciences faculty member merges social justice with design, architecture, music, performance, and technology.

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of November 5

Alumni books podcast: “Claiming the State”
Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner MCP '06, PhD '13, assistant professor at University of Virginia and author of “Claiming the State: Active Citizenship and Social Welfare in Rural India” (Cambridge University Press, 2018) discusses her research in an interview with Slice of MIT.

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of October 22

Documenting the world's largest landfill-to-park project
Architecture alumna Mariel Villere SM '13 is part of the Freshkills Park team organizing “Capturing Change,” a photography series documenting the world’s largest landfill-to-park project. On view at the Architectural League of NY from October 24, 2018 through January 25, 2019. Learn more

New CRISPR tool opens up more of the genome for editing

Enzyme can target almost half of the genome’s “ZIP codes” and could enable editing of many more disease-specific mutations.

The genome editing system CRISPR has become a hugely important tool in medical research, and could ultimately have a significant impact in fields such as agriculture, bioenergy, and food security.

How should autonomous vehicles be programmed?

Massive global survey reveals ethics preferences and regional differences.

A massive new survey developed by MIT researchers reveals some distinct global preferences concerning the ethics of autonomous vehicles, as well as some regional variations in those preferences.

A new doctoral concentration in Advanced Urbanism

The MIT School of Architecture and Planning will offer a new concentration to support collaborative doctoral-level studies in Advanced Urbanism, with applications being accepted in fall 2018.

Prior Art Archive aims to improve patent process

New MIT-hosted database is open to both examiners and the wider public, and seeks to reduce the number of wrongly-issued patents.

Imagine you have invented a device that could save millions of lives around the world. But instead of profiting from the invention yourself, you decide to share the design online, to allow others to make their own version at low cost.