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?

Transmedia Storytelling Initiative launches with $1.1 million gift

Program creates a new hub for pedagogy and research in time-based media.

Taking a city’s pulse with moveable sensors

Study quantifies how much of Manhattan 10 taxis cover in a day — to better measure air pollution, traffic, and more.

Suppose you have 10 taxis in Manhattan. What portion of the borough’s streets do they cover in a typical day?

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

Alumna book wins 2019 Robert Motherwell Book Award
HTC alumna Fabiola López-Durán PhD ’09 has received the 2019 Robert Motherwell Book Award from the Dedalus Foundation for “Eugenics in the Garden: Transatlantic Architecture in the Crafting of Modernity,” a book based on her 2009 Doctoral Dissertation at MIT. Learn more.

2019 Infinite Mile Awards

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

On Wednesday, June 5, three exceptional staff members of the MIT community were honored with Infinite Mile Awards. The awards were presented at a celebratory event to Priscilla Capistrano, MIT Media Lab; Helene Kelsey, MIT Media Lab; and Tonya Miller, Department of Architecture.

Untangling the social dynamics of water

J-WAFS Fellow and DUSP PhD student Andrea Beck examines the success factors behind water utility partnerships in Africa.

Autonomous boats can target and latch onto each other

Fleet of “roboats” could collect garbage or self-assemble into floating structures in Amsterdam’s many canals. 

4.120 Furniture Making 2019

Student design and make an original piece of furniture made primarily of wood

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of May 27

“For the War Yet to Come
In a new alumni books podcast, Hiba Bou Akar MCP ’05 discusses her book “For the War Yet to Come: Planning Beirut’s Frontiers.” A native of Beirut and professor of urban planning at Columbia University, Bou Akar has used her hometown as inspiration for much of her research on urban planning over the years. Slice of MIT.

The politics of ugly buildings

In new book, MIT’s Timothy Hyde looks at the architectural controversies that have helped shape Britain.