Fall 2016

Semester Start Date: 
Monday, March 14, 2016

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?

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.

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of October 15

Hoops, tech, and justice
Polymath and rising NBA star Jaylen Brown discusses innovation, creativity, the intersection of basketball and culture, social justice, reflections on his career ahead, and his interests both on and off the court with Media Lab’s David Sun Kong '01, SM '04, PD '08, PhD '08 and Director’s Fellow Kade Crockford. Learn more and watch video

Taming “information hazards” in synthetic biology research

Cryptography techniques to screen synthetic DNA could help prevent the creation of dangerous pathogens, argues Professor Kevin Esvelt. 

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of October 8

Approaching Citizenship
Co-curators of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Architecture alumna Ann Lui SM ’15 and Mimi Zeiger will give insight into the curatorial practices and research which led to Dimensions of Citizenship. Part of the Fall 2018 Experiments in Pedagogy: Agit Arch Experiments, organized by Architecture's Ana Miljacki. Attend the presentation on Friday, October 12, 6 PM in 7-429

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of October 1

Opening doors
ACT Consulting Curator and SA+P alumna Laura Knott SM ’87 discusses her curatorial practice and the origins of her latest exhibition project Joan Jonas: Sources and Methods. Read the interview.   

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of September 24

BSA Award of Honor
Architecture alumna Ann M. Beha MArch ’75 received the BSA Award of Honor for her uncommonly profound lifetime contributions to the profession and to the Boston Society of Architects. Learn more about Beha’s work.

Intellectual Commons event series

Intellectual Commons

At a time when digital communications are growing, the need for direct interaction is all the more vital. At a time when MIT is building bridges across schools and disciplines, we can no longer operate primarily at the scale of micro-units. This reflects neither the interests of the new generation nor the nature of the problems that the world is leaving at our doorstep.

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of September 17

Piracy and terror
A new book from DUSP alum Eric Jay Dolin, PhD ’95 delves into the history of piracy in America. Read more at Technology Review and visit his events page for a list of upcoming book events.
2018 Mohamed Makiya Prize for Architecture

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of September 10

Soundings: Learn about DesignX
On Thursdays this September, hear about SA+P's DesignX accelerator and discuss your own venture ideas over dinner and drinks. Open to SA+P alumni and members of the MIT community. Learn more.