PLAN 62

In this issue:

July 1, 2004- June 30, 2005

The School of Architecture and Planning gratefully acknowledges the support
of the following alumni and friends who made gifts of $1,000 or more, and
specifically designated their gifts for the use of the School.

Because gifts to the Rotc...

A Competition and Exhibition on Lived-In Architecture

Playing off the notion that great architecture is all-too-often described as less-than-functional - Philip Johnson claimed that architectural masterpieces could be ranked according to the number of buckets needed on rainy days – an e...

Real Estate Research Debunks Affordable Housing Myth

A recent report from MIT’s Center for Real Estate debunks the popular notion that affordable housing developments inevitably depress the values of nearby single-family dwellings. Indeed, the research found that mixed-income, high-den...

Projects by MY Studio

In addition to the outdoor installation of J. Meejin Yoon's White Noise/White Light - part of a weeklong series of events to celebrate the inauguration of MIT's new president, Susan Hockfield - an exhibition of Yoon's works was also on view at MIT's Wolk G...

A High-Tech Fashion Show

An entirely fabulous evening featuring innovative works in computational apparel, interactive fashion and technology-based attire took place last spring at MIT’s Media Lab, presenting clothing designs that aimed for a seamless relationship between technology and...

MIT Hacking Meets Chindogu in a Race to Ridiculousness

The Catsup Crapper, a mobile unit designed to dispense the tomato treat with utmost delicacy, was the winner of MIT’s first annual Unuseless Competition held at the Stata Center last spring.

Organized by Luis Berrios-Negron...

MIT/Harvard Team Designs Tsunami-Resistant Houses

Using high-tech engineering principles, an MIT/Harvard team has developed a low-tech solution to the problem of how to build sturdier homes in tsunami-prone areas. The ‘Tsunami Safe(r) Houses’, which can be built for $1200 each using ma...

A Project to Revolutionize How We Educate the World's Children

MIT’s Media Lab has launched a new research effort to develop a $100 laptop–a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world's children.

The project was announced at the World Economic Forum in January...

A Project in Paperless Construction

Another research effort here, related to the urgent need for housing in stricken areas, is the development of the Instant House – a prefabricated structure of plywood assembled solely with muscle and mallets, without any nails or screws or glue.

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Balzan Prize Finalist Will Relinquish Post at NYU

Richard Sennett, widely regarded as one of the major intellects in urban sociology and urban social theory, has been appointed Bemis Adjunct Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

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Designing More Effective Public Spaces

A new book has just been published by MIT and the Politechnic University of Catalunya (UPC) to help designers and planners create better and more effective public spaces that enable public events.

Presented in both Catalan and English,...

An Exhibit of Video Performance at the MIT Museum

An exhibition of performance pieces making use of technology as an artistic tool was on view at the MIT Museum this spring as part of the 2005 Boston Cyberarts Festival, a biannual event that highlights the connection between two of Bost...

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is Nigerias First Female Finance Minister

This is one in a series of occasional articles on alumni achievements of national and international significance.

Planning alumna Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (MCP78, PhD '81) was named one of 29 Heros of 2004 by Tim...

Founder of Graduate Program at Peking University Will Maintain Practice in Beijing

Yung Ho Chang, founding head of the Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University, has been appointed head of MIT’s Department of Architecture as of July 1.

Widely regarded as one of China...

Students Work with African NGOs on Water Sanitation and Hygiene

Nine students from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, along with two engineering students from Cambridge University in England, spent a month in Mozambique this summer working on water and sanitation planning in...

A Day-Long Symposium with NPR and the BBC

A day-long symposium on forced labor in the global economy was held at MIT last spring, and broadcast widely around the world.

A collaboration between the BBC World Service Trust, MIT’s Center for International Studies and the...

Faculty Artwork Featured in Inauguration Festivities

The opening of White Noise/White Light – a display of sound and light designed by associate professor J. Meejin Yoon – officially signaled the start last spring of week-long festivities to welcome Susan Hockfield, MIT's 16th...