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?

Team invents method to shrink objects to the nanoscale

It’s not quite the Ant-Man suit, but the system produces 3-D structures one thousandth the size of the originals.

MIT researchers have invented a way to fabricate nanoscale 3-D objects of nearly any shape. They can also pattern the objects with a variety of useful materials, including metals, quantum dots, and DNA.

Met Warehouse renovation planning takes an exciting next step

Community-driven selection of project architect opens opportunities to imagine new life for historic building as future home for School of Architecture and Planning.

MIT’s campus is like a living organism, as changing programmatic needs and new opportunities make for a vibrantly evolving landscape.

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

AI + Machine Learning: Current applications in Real Estate

Zhengzhou: China's living laboratory for urbanization

A new MIT program in the planned Chinese city offers opportunities for observation and collaboration.

Zhengdong New District is a planned mixed-use new city in the northeast quadrant of Zhengzhou Municipality, the capital of China’s Henan Province. Construction started in 2001 for what is one of many planned urban communities seeded across China to help accommodate that country’s unprecedented rate of urbanization.

Building a more inclusive future, worldwide

An avid traveler, organizer, and educator, senior Kathleen Schwind helps others develop skills in negotiation and leadership.

Five from SA+P named to Forbes 30 Under 30

SA+P’s Joy Buolamwini SM ’17, Tyler Clites PD '18, Rebecca Hui MCP ’18, Achuta Kadambi PhD '18, and Jonny Sun are among the thirty-one MIT community members named to this year’s list.

Forbes calls its 2019 30 Under 30 honorees “a collection of bold risk-takers who are putting a new twist on the old tools of the trade.”

The privacy risks of compiling mobility data

Merging different types of location-stamped data can make it easier to discern users’ identities, even when the data is anonymized.

A new study by MIT researchers finds that the growing practice of compiling massive, anonymized datasets about people’s movement patterns is a double-edged sword: While it can provide deep insights into human behavior for research, it could also put people’s private data at risk.  

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of December 2

Country of Tenants
Rent control is finding new life as a pathway to housing affordability in expensive cities and as a source of grassroots power for tenants as a political group. Max Budovitch MCP '18 follows the regulation debate from Morningside Heights to Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood, from the purchase of Manhattan to the defeat of California’s Proposition 10. Urban Omnibus.

Gift from Carmen ’78 and John ’77 Thain supports Met Warehouse renovation project

MIT Corporation members boost plan to relocate School of Architecture and Planning into historic building.

The proposed renovation of the Metropolitan Storage Warehouse as a new location for the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) is one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to a significant gift from Carmen ’78 and John ’77 Thain, both members of the MIT Corporation.