In this issue:

$118M to Promote Social Responsibility in the Real Estate Profession

SA+P has received one of the largest gifts in MIT’s history, from alumnus Samuel Tak Lee ’62, SM ’64, to establish a real estate entrepreneurship lab that will promote social responsibility in the real estate profession worldwide, with a particular focus on China.

The $118M gift will fund...

Master Classes for the Unencumbered

On four separate Saturdays this fall, SA+P organized one-day Master Classes with invited artists of various stripes to give students a chance to stretch their imaginations and expand their interests while getting to know one another better.

The series was the brainchild of Interim Dean Mar...

A Symposium and Gallery Exhibit

The role of industry in the city was the focus of a symposium and a gallery exhibit this fall, produced and coordinated by planning department head Eran Ben-Joseph with Tali Hatuka, Head of the Laboratory of Contemporary Urban Design at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Geography and Human Envi...

Caitlin Mueller Photo: Maggie Nelson Planchat

Experts in Urban Design, the Creative Design of Structural Systems and the Impact of Energy Infrastructure

The Department of Architecture welcomed three new professors this fall, appointments effective July 1.  Below, a brief introduction to each.

Rania Ghosn,...

Claudia Bode learning how to weave from neighbors in the community. Photo: Courtesy of Claudia Bode and the MIT Public Service Center.

Internships in Tanzania, Ghana, Colombia, Canada and the US

This past summer, eight students in urban studies and planning and two in architecture worked in the field on projects organized through MIT’s Public Service Center, a division of Student Life that engages students, faculty, staff and alumni in social entrepreneurship ventures that p...

Photo Copyright the Wharton School.

Expert on Real Estate Economics and Urban Economic Development

On July 1, Albert Saiz, Daniel Rose Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Real Estate, was appointed new director of SA+P’s Center for Real Estate.

A highly-regarded urban/housing economist, Saiz came to MIT in 2012 from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he w...

Practicing Architect and Prominent Scholar of Architecture and Urbanism

By Peter Dizikes

Hashim Sarkis — a prominent scholar of architecture and urbanism, a practicing architect whose works have been built in the United States and the Middle East, and a leading expert on design in the Middle East — has been named the new dean of MIT’s School of Architecture an...

Recent Publishing News from Our Faculty

Arindam Dutta, editor.  A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture, and the 'Techno-Social' Moment. (MIT Press, September 2013)  This nearly 1,000-page book examines the "techno-social" turn in architecture, taking MIT's School of Architecture and Planning as its exemplar.  I...

KVA Matx Chrysanthemum Project Salem Street Facade from South Image by KVA Matx

Three Big Honors in Thirty-One Days

Sheila Kennedy is on a major roll.  In the span of one week in September, she was presented with two major awards – the $100K Berkeley-Rup...

Animated image from the Media Arts and Sciences course " Tools for Well Being" website. Image: Karthik Dinakar

A $1M Grant for a New Initiative at the Media Lab

With a $1M grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Media Lab is launching an initiative designed to spark innovation in the area of health and wellbeing, and to promote healthier workplace and lifestyle behaviors.  

The new initiative will address the role of technology i...

"Pleura Pod" by Beomki Lee and Suk Lee, and Daeho Lee

Recognizing Tangible Innovation in Sustainable Construction

Two professors and four students from SA+P’s Department of Architecture won more than $60K in prizes at the Holcim Awards presentation in Toronto in September. 

The Holcim Awards competition seeks innovative and tangible construction projects to promote sustainable responses to the challen...

World-Renowned Artist and Former CAVS Director

Professor Emeritus Otto Piene, first fellow of MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) and its director from 1974 to 1994, died July 17; he was 86. He died shortly after the opening of his solo retrospective, ‘Otto Piene, More Sky’, at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie and at Deutsche Bank Ku...

Caroline Howe shown at InduMetal Recycling's facility in Bilbao, Spain. Photo: Esteban Marijuan-Requeta

Recipients Will Work in Bangalore, Tanzania, Spain and Mexico

Of nine MIT students and alumni awarded US Student Fulbright grants for 2014, five were from SA+P’s Department of Urban Studies + Planning:

Mitchell Cook, a PhD candidate in planning from Arkansas, will travel to India to study urban finance reform in Bangalore, part of his research into t...

Expertise in City Design, Planning and Architecture

Dennis Frenchman has been named Associate Dean of the School of Architecture + Planning for the next year, according to Interim Dean Mark Jarzombek. 

Frenchman is the Leventhal Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT, where he is former director of...

The "Three Pioneers Exhibit" at the MIT Media Lab explores the work of Muriel Cooper, Marvin Minsky and Seymour Papert Photo: Judith M. Daniels/SA+P

Muriel Cooper, Marvin Minsky, Seymour Papert

A public exhibit celebrating the work of three Media Lab pioneers is on view in the Media Lab through December.

‘Muriel Cooper, Marvin Minsky and Seymour Papert each defied convention, rejected norms and adored the impossible,’ wrote Nicholas Negroponte, who founded the Media Lab in the 19...