PLAN 66

In this issue:

A Partnership for Affordable Housing, Asset-Building and Youth Development

A grant through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development has stabilized a years-long involvement by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning with the City of Lawrence MA, creating a Community Outreac...

A Conference in Honor of Joan Jonas

This October, a day-long conference was staged at MIT in honor of Joan Jonas, Professor of Visual Arts in the Department of Architecture, who marked her 70th birthday last summer.

Conceived by Ute Meta Bauer, Director of th...

A Gift to the Profession

An extraordinary new book was published this summer by Mark Jarzombek, Director of the History, Theory and Criticism program in the Department of Architecture, in collaboration with Francis D.K. Ching and Vikramaditya Prakash at the University of Washington.

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A ‘Meaty Year-Long Project’ with a Major Catalogue

Referred to by the Boston Globe as “a meaty year-long project”, a two-part exhibit opened at the List Visual Arts Center in October exploring how artists are responding to the impact of new technologies on the human senses.  The exhibit...

A New Planning Practicum in India

A practicum on human rights and sustainable sanitation in the Indian state of Gujarat has resulted in a potential solution to the human rights issue of manual scavenging. The practicum was conducted last spring and summer by Balakrishnan Rajagopal, For...

MIT and Tsinghua Join Forces on City Design and Development

Dean Adèle Naudé Santos and Professor Zhu Wenyi, Dean of the Tsinghua University School of Architecture, signed an agreement in Beijing last summer to establish an Urbanization Laboratory between the two schools focused on city...

MIT Makes a Splash at the Venice Biennale

The School of Architecture + Planning is making a big splash at this year’s Venice Biennale with an exhibit of several projects dealing with digital technology and the urban environment.

Prominently positioned at the entrance to the exhibi...

On History, Simplicity, Emotion, Beauty, Art and Consensus Building

Mark Jarzombek. A Global History of Architecture (with Francis D.K. Ching and Vikramaditya Prakash) (John Wiley & Sons, 2006).  Organized along a timeline from 3500 BCE to the pres...

Giving To Nourish The Spirit: The Power of Unrestricted Gifts

Bill Booziotis AR 1960 remembers how receptions after Lewis Mumford’s erudite lectures and other small niceties were essential to creating a rich environment for his own learning. That atmosphere, warmly communicated by Professor Lawrence B. Anderson, originally brought him to the School. “What a...

An Exhibit Highlighting Undergraduate Studies in Architecture Design

An exhibit of work by undergraduate majors in architecture is on display in the Wiesner Student Art Gallery through the end of October.

Featuring work from last year’s studios and other undergraduate courses rela...

Maki’s Media Lab Addition Will House a Range of School Programs

Next spring, MIT will break ground for a major new facility designed by Fumihiko Maki, winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1993.  Adjacent to and part of the School’s legendary Media Lab, the new building will feature an open, a...

Undergraduate Studies Included Course in Molecular Structures

An undergraduate architecture major from MIT has helped develop an innovative cell-shaped building to house a new biomedical research laboratory in southwestern China.

Sloan Kulper (SB 2003) helped design the unusual...

A Journey to Rediscover the Future

For a month last summer, more than 200 people from Europe and the US formed ‘a massive intelligent swarm’ moving through the Western Balkans in a collective effort to imagine the economic, political and cultural geographies of Europe’s future.

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Every Specialty Area Also Ranked Separately in the Top Three

A recent national study of graduate programs in urban planning has ranked MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning the best in the nation.

Out of 94 departments assessed in North America, MIT’s department was als...

An In-the-Round Look at a Treasured Drawing

On view from September 29 through December 22 at MIT’s Compton Gallery is the first public presentation of a large sixteenth-century architectural drawing recently donated to the MIT Museum by alumnus Hugh Shepley (AR 1959). 

Created in...

New Students Discover the City, and Each Other

New arrivals at MIT this fall encountered a series of events to help them get acquainted with the city, and with each other.

Students coming into the urban studies and planning program were greeted with the Great Bean Pot Challenge, a...