SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of Dec. 11

"Modernism and the Making of the Soviet New Man"
A new book from Architecture alumna Tijana Vujosevic, PhD ’10, explores the nexus between aesthetics and politics in interwar Soviet Culture.  

2017 AN Best of Design awards
The Michigan Lake House from Architecture alumni Arjun Desai MArch ’92 and Katherine Chia MArch ’91 (Desai Chia) was selected as winner of this year’s awards from the Architect’s Newspaper in the Residential - Single Unit category.

Business Leader interview – John Underkoffler
John Underkoffler SB ’88, SM ’91 (Arch), SM ’91 (MAS), PhD ’99 (MAS) founder and CEO of Oblong talks to Enterprise Times about Oblong’s new collaboration technology Mezzanine. Their solution, an early version of which was first seen in the film the Minority Report, takes collaboration to a new level, enabling participants to experience an immersive meeting environment.  

CRE alum submits proposal to repurpose Camden’s Mary E. Taylor school
Michael Mullins MSRED ’04 has submitted ideas for turning the former Mary E. Taylor school building in Camden into an educational and co-working facility. Penobscot Bay Pilot.
Teacher-to-Teacher: The expressive potential of computer science
Media Lab alumna Karen Brennan PhD ’13 (MAS) shares an educator's perspective on the creative power of coding. Medium.  

Working ‘to invent the future’
Media Lab alumna Fernanda Viégas SM '00, PhD '05 (MAS), a computational designer and machine learning researcher, uses information visualization to make complex data accessible and useful. As leader of Google’s Big Picture research team, which is part of Google Brain, Viégas says her mission involves “democratizing and humanizing AI (artificial intelligence).” The Boston Globe.

Cambridge startup Soofa aims to make cities more user-friendly using "smart furniture"
“We started the company with the mission and vision to bring user-centered design to smart cities." former Media Lab researcher Sandra Richter discusses spinoff Soofa with Built in Boston.

Tracking the invisible infrastructure of our cities
Episode 7 of “What’s New Podcast” features alumnus and former Senseable City Lab researcher Dietmar Offenhuber SM ’08 (MAS) PhD ’14 (DUSP).  

"Mosque Manifesto” at the Anderson Gallery
A solo exhibition from ACT’s Azra Aksamija PhD ’11 re-conceptualizes the mosque not as a fixed location or architectural type, but rather as a nomadic, educational, and performative social space that can facilitate both religious and secular programs.

Turn a bedroom into a living room at the touch of a button
Hasier Larrea SM ’15 (MAS) talks to the Washington Post about spinout Ori and how it evolved from his work on robotic furniture as part of Kent Larson’s group at the Media Lab.