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?

QS ranks MIT the world’s No. 1 university for 2018-19

Ranked at the top for the seventh straight year, the Institute also places first in 12 of 48 disciplines.

For the seventh year in a row MIT has topped the QS World University Rankings, which were announced today.

MIT hosts University of Puerto Rico students after Hurricane Maria

“Since my time at MIT, I have become passionate about being a pioneer in Puerto Rico who can integrate communities into post-disaster reconstruction,” Jean Carlos Vega-Diaz is one of five Puerto Rican undergraduates invited to take classes at MIT this spring in the wake of the devastating 2017 hurricane. After he graduates this summer, Vega-Diaz will return to the Urban Risk Lab, where he's been working this semester, as a research scientist for a year, while also working on a design portfolio for his graduate school application.

MIT researchers release evaluation of low-cost cooling devices in Mali

CITE and D-Lab study finds evaporative devices show promise for helping small-scale farmers, market vendors, and families store and preserve vegetables.

MIT Professor Emerita Joan Jonas receives the 2018 Kyoto Prize

Artist and scholar cited for her “immeasurable impact” in pioneering the integration of performance art and new media.

Joan Jonas, professor emerita in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, is one of three individuals honored with the 2018 Kyoto Prize.  

Metropolitan Storage Warehouse is potential new location for School of Architecture and Planning

Historic building would create “design hub” for MIT, with benefits for surrounding community.

MIT has identified the Metropolitan Storage Warehouse as a potential new location for the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P). The proposed move would let the Institute create a new hub for design research and education, allow the school to expand its full range of activities, and open new spaces for public use.

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of June 18

US architects reflect on Trumpism at the Venice Biennale
Architecture alumna Ann Lui SM ’15, co-curator of "Dimensions of Citizenship,” the US pavilion exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale of Architecture talks to CNN about how the exhibition addresses questions of belonging that have emerged in the wake of the inauguration, providing a framework for discussion and moving forward.

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

Steve Weikal keynotes at the 2018 PropTech LatAm summit
350+ attendees from 10 countries in Latin America met at the PropTech LatAm Summit 2018, which brought together for the first time in Chile the leaders and disruptors of the Real Estate industry. LinkedIn.

MIT faculty approves new urban science major

Interdisciplinary undergraduate program combines urban planning and computer science. 

Wireless system can power devices inside the body

New technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications.

MIT researchers, working with scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have developed a new way to power and communicate with devices implanted deep within the human body. Such devices could be used to deliver drugs, monitor conditions inside the body, or treat disease by stimulating the brain with electricity or light.