SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of Aug. 14, 2017

A Sneak Peek of the Bronx River House, the Future Home of the Bronx River Alliance
The Bronx River Alliance will soon move into a new home under the leadership of executive director and DUSP alumna Maggie Greenfield's MCP '03. See renderings of the new building and learn more at Untapped Cities.

Female-led tech businesses aiming to change the world
A list of five female-led tech companies aiming to change the world included Media Lab spinoff Affectiva, co-founded by Rosalind Picard SM '86 ScD '91, professor and director of the Affective Computing Group, and alumna Rana el Kaliouby PhD ’06. See the list at Smart Company.

Architecture alum is Salem’s inaugural Artist in Residence
This summer, Claudia Paraschiv MArch ’10 has served as the inaugural artist in residence for Salem, Mass. Her weekly, free drop-in workshops have been bringing together creatives of all ages. See photos on Instagram.

Bringing poverty-alleviating solutions to market in the developing world
DUSP alumna Rebecca Hui MCP '17 was selected as a 2017 D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellow for her start up, Roots Studio. The digital marketplace that enables isolated rural artists living on less than $1,000 per household per year to do business with buyers around the world. More at MIT News.  

A visit to Spaceport America
Course 4 alumnus Jack Murphy '10 recently made a road trip to "the world’s first 'purpose-built' commercial spaceport,' located in New Mexico. Read his account of the journey in Places Journal.

Transforming, robotic furniture for small living spaces
Ori Systems, headed by co-founder and CEO Hasier Larrea SM '15 seeks to "create dynamic environments that act and feel as though they are substantially larger." Read more at Wired.  

Robots with playful artificial intelligence
Brad Knox SM ’12 PhD ’14 has launched bots_alive—“robots with playful artificial intelligence” drawn from his research at the Media Lab. The company’s goal is to create robots “whose behavior appears more alive than any other machine you’ve interacted with.” Watch a video.

A living sculpture for Cadillac
Midnight Commercial—a consultancy founded and led by Media Lab alumni including Jamie Zigelbaum SM ’08, David Nuñez SM ’15, and Daniel Rosenberg SM ‘09 PhD ’15—has designed an interactive art installation for Cadillac. Read about the “living sculpture” at Interview Magazine.