SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of Feb. 26

Banking on Blockchain for Predictive Analytics
MIT Media Lab’s Sandy Pentland PhD ’82 talks social physics and how his company Endor is using blockchain technology in their next phase to predict the future. Forbes.

Two Architecture alumni named to the College of Fellows of the AIA
The American Institute of Architects’s highest membership honor recognizes the exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society of two of our alumni. Katherine Chia MArch ’91 has been recognized for her notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture. In advancing the science and art of building, Ken Radtkey MArch ’89 was acknowledged for “poetically merging building, landscape, and sustainability - expanding the role and impact of architecture.” See the full list

DUSP alumna heads affordable housing agency
Chrystal Kornegay MCP ’97 was recently appointed executive director of MassHousing, an independent lending agency that finances affordable housing in Massachusetts. She is the first woman and first person of color to lead the agency, and those two firsts are bringing her a lot of attention. Slice of MIT.

"In Our Present Condition (N - Z)"
A new exhibition curated by ACT alumna Laura Knott SMVisS ’87 features works from ACT’s Advanced Workshop in Artistic Practice and Transdisciplinary Research, focused on contemporary readings of environmental art and art on the civic scale—terms that emanated from the renowned Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), the predecessor to ACT. The show is part of ACT’s recognition of the 50th anniversary of the founding of CAVS. Opens March 6, 2018

"Hello, Operator"
Former MIT Media Lab researcher Mike Lazer-Walker writes about the sense of immersion that comes with authenticity and his unique approach to game design in an essay for the Peabody Essex Museum’s “Playtime” exhibition. Read the essay.

Straubel Foundation invests in Roots Studio
DUSP alumna Rebecca Hui MCP ’17 received an inaugural investment from the Straubel Foundation for Roots Studio, a startup forging technology-enabled dialogue between distant cultures and markets, effectively designing a richer de-centralized society. Learn more.  

Desai Chia receives two AIA Awards
Architecture’s Arjun Desai MArch ’91 and Katherine Chia MArch ’91 were awarded a 2018 AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture for their Photographer's Loft and AIANY selected their Michigan Lake House for a 2018 Design Award. Learn more.

DUSP alumna named to FHLBank San Francisco’s AHAC
Anne Wilson MCP '85 has been appointed to the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) of San Francisco's Affordable Housing Advisory Council (AHAC). Wilson is recognized for her leadership and experience in affordable housing development nationwide. Read a profile.

“The Wind Egg”
In a new exhibition for the MIT Keller Gallery, ACT alumnus Haseeb Ahmed SMVisS ’10 and Florian Dombois present their individual and collaborative artistic practices and research on wind tunnels. Ahmed will present excerpts from 'The Wing Egg,' a film shot during an intervention in the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics outside of Brussels and which will be screened continually in the Keller Gallery from March 5-28, 2018.

Resisting Reduction
The third issue of the Journal of Design and Science, an online publication that explores the relationship between design and science features contributions from MIT Media Lab founder and Architecture alumnus Nicholas Negroponte '66, MArch '66 and MIT Sloan’s Anjali Sastry '86, PhD '95. The new issue looks at designing a complex and unknowable future with machines and questions theories such as the Singularity along with modern economic and market-based decision making. Explore the issue.