SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of Oct. 2

Alumni modernize Boston architecture

SA+P alumni have been at the forefront of the movement to make Boston a more modern, sustainable city, creating some of its most modern, integrated spaces. Explore a slideshow of alumni projects featured in Slice of MIT.

Rana el Kaliouby wants our AI to understand our feelings
El Kaliouby aims to create an AI platform that can understand emotions through all of our natural human tendencies: facial expressions, gestures and tone of voice. Earlier this month, el Kaliouby's Media Lab spinout Affectiva that she co-founded with Media Lab Professor Rosalind Picard SM ’86, SCD ’91, announced that it’s created the capability to measure some elementary emotion in our speech, like anger or laughter. WBUR.

"Waste is Information"
A new book from alumnus Dietmar Offenhuber SM ’08, PhD, reads cities through waste, examining three tracking and participatory sensing projects in Seattle, São Paulo, and Boston to address how data are sourced, used, and governed in a digital society. The MIT Press.

Driverless cars and real estate
In a TEDx talk, Paige Marie Pitcher MSRED ’17 explains how the autonomous revolution will disrupt our cities. YouTube.

“Active Matter”
Edited by Self Assembly Lab’s Skylar Tibbits SM ’10 this new book offers essays and sample projects from the front lines of the emerging field of active matter. Active matter and programmable materials are at the intersection of science, art, design, and engineering, with applications in fields from biology and computer science to architecture and fashion. Learn more about “Active Matter,” the field guide that could shape the future of design. MIT Press.

Apple's Face ID: good, bad or insignificant?
Mike Hawley PhD ’93 (MAS) talks to Forbes about the new iPhone’s 3D-sensing camera, claiming that the tactile interface changes for the better, affording new possibilities, such as sensing emotion.

Architecture alum designs MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
Dennis Cheung SM ’13 has designed the new 5,000-square-foot facility, which will serve as a hub for collaborative innovation and entrepreneurship for MIT students, professors, and alumni, as well as others working in Hong Kong. As space is scarce in Hong Kong, the facility was designed to be multifunctional under tight area constraints. Cheung, one of the first Innovation Node participants a year ago, designed the space along with his team at UPSOP, a design studio he co-founded. Inspiration came from the concept of “shape grammar,” from Architecture Professor George Stiny ’67, which says furniture and other features in spaces should be designed for assembling in different configurations that encourage working and social interactions. MIT News.

On the legacy of Paul Gray
Robert Millard ’73 and members of the MIT community reflect on the passing of Paul Gray and his unrivaled legacy of stewardship and service. Slice of MIT.

DesignX comes to New York
A fall full-house event supported by the Alumni Club of NY, MITArchA, and SA+P presented MIT’s new accelerator for design innovation. SA+P News.