PLAN 69

In this issue:

Real Estate Indexes Show Drop in Commercial Property Values

In the fall, a pair of indexes developed at the MIT Center for Real Estate provided the first quantitative evidence that the value of US commercial real estate is on the decline.

The Center's Transaction-Based Index - ba...

Eran Ben-Joseph's Research Honored

Eran Ben-Joseph, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, has been awarded a commendation by the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) for a projectexploring MIT's influential yet little-known program in landscape arch...

Gershenfeld Named Fellow of American Physical Society

Neil Gershenfeld, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, in recognition of 'contributions ranging from quantum computing to advanced technologies for global developmen...

$50K Grant Part of Program to Nurture Living Artists

Architecture professor Nader Tehrani has been named a USA Target Fellow in Architecture and Design, along with his business partner Monica Ponce de Leon. The honor carries with it an unrestricted grant of $50K.

United States Art...

First Engineer in History so Honored

Structural engineer John Ochsendorf, Class of 1942 Career Development Professor in the Department of Architecture, is a winner of the 2007-08 Rome Prize Competition sponsored by the American Academy in Rome.  He is the first engineer ever to be awarde...

Center for Real Estate to Receive $10K Scholarship

Professor William Wheaton, a pioneer in the field of urban economics and former director of MIT's Center for Real Estate, has been presented with the 2007 Graaskamp Award by the Pension Real Estate Association; he shares the award with h...

Alumnus Ben Wood is Changing the Face of China

Ben Wood (MArch'85) came to MIT after a stint in the US Air Force, and opening a mountaineering school and a French restaurant in Colorado. 'I was accepted at the [Harvard] GSD, but I chose MIT because I only needed to take one studio a semester and I could take anything I wanted to - art history...

Revitalization Strategies for Older Industrial Cities

This fall, more than 30 practitioners, political leaders and scholars convened at MIT to talk about the challenges facing Forgotten Cities - old, small, once-prominent cities that used to supply the world with clothing, machinery and...

Briggs and Hoyt Honored for Best Book and Community Outreach

Two professors in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning have recently won impressive awards - Xavier de Souza Briggs for his book The Geography of Opportunity, and Lorlene Hoyt for her work with...

A Workshop and a Studio Focused on the Southern Town of Erode

Established in 2006, the Urbanization Laboratory is MIT's response to rapid urbanization in China and India. UrbLab addresses the many challenges and opportunities posed by urbanization through policy, fi...

Okonjo-Iweala Listed Among the World’s Most Powerful Women

Planning alumna Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (MCP '78, PhD '81) has been appointed managing director of the World Bank with responsibility for the bank's activities in Africa, South Asia, Europe and Central Asia. In 2006, Forbes Magaz...

A Sampling of MIT's Impact in Urban Planning

This year, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning marks its 75th anniversary as the longest-running continuous planning program in the United States. The celebrations will include a major exhibit at the school's Wolk Gallery, opening in...

NIH Prize Amounts to $1.5M Over Five Years

Ed Boyden, Benesse Career Development Chair in Media Arts and Sciences, has been honored by the National Institutes of Health for his innovative research into the function of the human brain.  One of 29 winners of New Innovator Awards for new in...

A (Very) Brief Timeline of the Department

Since its inception in 1933, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning has maintained a bedrock commitment to positive social change. Its approach to education and practice is rooted in a belief that urban and regional institutions can improve...

Giving to Teach Teaching: Joe and Rita Scheller

A pressing challenge facing America is the high number of students reluctant to pursue an interest in science and technology. One approach to this problem is to develop inspiring and knowledgeable teachers. The Teacher Education Program at MIT under Professor Eric Klopfer does just this.

T...

The Newly-Endowed Scheller Teacher Education Program Advances K-12 Education

A generous gift from alumnus Joseph B. Scheller (1954 GM), and his wife Rita P. Scheller, has recently endowed in full a little-known but important program in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

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$250K Honor Recognizes Breakthrough Innovations

Hugh Herr, NEC Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, has won the 13th annual Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment. The award is among the largest individual achievement prizes in the world.

A doub...

Dayna Cunningham, Executive Director of the Community Innovators Lab

In March, Dayna Cunningham was appointed Executive Director of the newly-renamed Community Innovators Lab in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, until recently known as the Center for Reflective Community...

Meejin Yoon Is Everywhere You Look

J. Meejin Yoon has been recognized with an extraordinary array of honors recently - from Architectural Record, ArchitectureBoston, the Architectural League of New York, the Boston Society of Architects, RISD and the Association of Coll...

A Sign of the School’s Ongoing Revitalization

According to Architect Magazine, MIT has been ranked #2 among graduate schools of architecture in the United States, reflecting the school's significant revitalization of its design programs in recent years. In 2007 and 2005, MIT was...

Two Courses and a Lecture Series in the Visual Arts Program

Two courses and a wide-ranging series of lectures in the visual arts program of the Department of Architecture focused this fall on the notion of shelter.

Taught by program director Ute Meta Bauer, Give Me Shelter: Co...

New Digital Water Pavilion Named One of Year's Best Inventions

MIT architects and engineers have designed a building made of water, its liquid curtain walls programmed to feature digital imagery and to sense an approaching object and part automatically to let it through. Time Magazin...

‘A Prodigy of Invention in Service of the World Community’

Media Lab alumnus Saul Griffith (SM 2001, PhD 2004) has been awarded a 2007 MacArthur Fellowship, more commonly known as a Genius Grant, for ‘engineering innovations spanning optics, high-performance materials and nanotechnology’...

MIT's New Legatum Center to Provide Major Student Support

MIT has received a gift of $50M to create a new center in support of aspiring entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Funded by Legatum Global Development, a private firm that invests in global financial markets and sustaina...

Urban Planning Project to Feature Online Competition

This fall, a series of specially-produced television shows is helping launch a major MIT project designed to help position the city of Boston at the forefront of world-class cities of the future.

Sponsored in association with St...

Architecture Alumna’s Famous Historic Document Now Online

This fall, the Art Institute of Chicago announced the online publication of The Magic of America, a landmark work of architectural history and theory by alumna Marion Mahony Griffin (1894 AR).

Perhaps best known as...