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?

The DUSP Fund for Excellence in Public Service

As tuition expenses rise across the nation, graduates of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning bear the burden of increasing student loans in order to make meaningful and lasting contributions to society through their chosen professions. The Excellence in Public Service Awards recognize outstanding public service achievements by DUSP graduates. These awards aim to encourage and inspire the pursuit of public service careers, providing a financial award of up to $10,000 to offset debt incurred by pursuing their graduate degree at MIT.

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of Mar. 12

What happens when citizens are empowered to crowdfund their cities?
Jase Wilson MCP '08 is innovating a new approach to investing in municipal bonds through his start-up, Neighborly. Neighborly democratizes and simplifies the investment process, so individual investors can finance critical public projects. OZY.

DUSP graduate students honored by American Institute of Certified Planners

The American Institute of Certified Planners has awarded a team of 16 graduate students from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) an AICP Student Project Award. The annual awards recognize outstanding class projects or papers that advance the field of planning. Winners will be recognized at the 2018 National Planning Convention in New Orleans.

Garden of ideas

With a new multimedia website, landscape architecture professor Anne Whiston Spirn makes a secret garden public and explores how ideas create form.

You are standing in a garden. Surrounding you are green walls of tall hawthorn hedges, clipped to produce inviting archways into sun-dappled rooms. As you wander, surprises appear around every corner: a secluded grove strung with ivy and vines, a kitchen garden of fragrant herbs, a broad green with hawthorns trimmed into the shape of giant hens striding among bright purple onion flowers.

Study: On Twitter, false news travels faster than true stories

Research project finds humans, not bots, are primarily responsible for spread of misleading information.

A new study by three MIT scholars has found that false news spreads more rapidly on the social network Twitter than real news does — and by a substantial margin.

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of Mar. 5

NewCity’s Designer of the Moment
"Even in the most seemingly mundane or boring task of capital-A architectural practice, say, drawing a wall section detail, there’s politics, economy, ecology." Architecture alumna Ann Lui SMArchS HTC '15 has been named Designer of the Moment. Read a profile at Newcity.

Future Heritage Lab devises creative responses to humanitarian crises

Artistic collaboration between MIT, German-Jordanian University is designed to reduce trauma for refugees in the Al Azraq Camp in Jordan.

Azra Akšamija first visited the Al Azraq refugee camp in Jordan in 2016. “Once I saw [the camp], I couldn’t unsee it,” says Akšamija, an associate professor in the Art, Culture, and Technology program of the Department of Architecture. “I thought we really needed to do something there.”

MIT Black History Project launches new website

Digital archive features never-before-published image of MIT's first black woman student.

The MIT Black History Project has launched a new website that documents evidence of the role and experience of the black community at MIT since the Institute opened its doors in 1865.

Digital archive showcases work from the Center for Advanced Visual Studies

The collection features groundbreaking projects from pioneers working at the intersection of art, science, and technology.

In 1967, the newly established MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), founded by professor György Kepes and conceived as a fellowship program for artists, welcomed its first three fellows. Pioneering work at the intersection of art, science, and technology quickly got underway, and in the following decades, more than 200 fellows arrived to participate in this globally influential program, along with researchers and graduate students.