SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of Apr. 23

The Plugin House initiative
Easy to assemble, the Plugin House from Architecture alum James Shen SM ‘07 demonstrates the possibilities of smaller and sustainable living, providing opportunities for infill of vacant areas and additions in backyards to address the housing crisis. A prototype will be exhibited at Harvard Yard during the Arts First Festival, April 26-29 and at Boston City Hall Plaza, May 4-13. 

Alumna—and Google—make machine learning easy
Machine learning: researchers and developers rave about it, but the average person may not use it or even know what it does. At Google in Cambridge, MIT Media Lab alumna Fernanda Viegas SM '00, PhD '05 is changing that. Slice of MIT.
Driverless cars and the future of real estate
A report from the MIT Center for Real Estate co-authored by CRE director Albert Saiz and Arianna Salazar MCP ’16 was cited in an NBC News feature on the future of driverless cars.

Tree of Life
Plebian design, firm of Jeff Lieberman '00, SM '04, SM '06 (MAS) was part of the collaboration with Hypersonic to produce this kinetic sculpture. Curbed

Democratizing synthetic biology
MIT Media Lab spinout Amino Labs from alumna Julie Legault SM ’15 (MAS) develops mini-lab kits with all the necessary tools and materials for anyone to start engineering microbes. MIT News.

Truth Goggles are back
MIT Media Lab alum Dan Schultz SM ’12 (MAS) revisits 2011 graduate thesis project: Truth Goggles, which aimed to help readers isolate suspicious claims in news articles and determining their truthfulness or truthiness. Nieman Lab.
95 percent of the world’s population breathes polluted air
A new study released by Health Effects Institute, whose president is Daniel Greenbaum ’73 MCP ’75 (DUSP), finds that more than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least polluted countries rising rapidly. The Guardian.

Two new books from DUSP alumna
Christina Rosan, MCP '02, Ph.D. '07 has recently published two new books on cities and sustainability: Governing the Fragmented Metropolis: Planning for Regional Sustainability and Growing a Sustainable City? The Question of Urban Agriculture.

Revitalizing gateway cities

In a DUSPx Lightning Talk video, alum Noah Koretz (MCP '13) delves into his work with Mass Development aiding gateway cities eliminate blight, revitalize their downtowns, and create opportunities for their citizens.