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SA+P FIVE: January 31, 2023
News, announcements, resources, and events from our School community.

Preparing to be prepared

Miho Mazereeuw, an architect of built and natural environments, looks for new ways to get people ready for natural disasters. “There’s nothing that’s ever guaranteed safe,” says Mazereeuw, an associate professor of architecture and urbanism in MIT’s Department of Architecture and director of the Urban Risk Lab. “We [think that] through technology and engineering we can solve things and fight nature. Whereas it’s really that we’re living with nature. We’re part of this natural ecosystem.”

Bridging the gap between seeing and combinatoric play

In his new book, "Shapes of Imagination," Architecture's George Stiny "runs visual calculating in shape grammars through art and design--incorporating Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poetic imagination and Oscar Wilde's corollary to see things as they aren't."

A small box could be the future of building in outer space

In a story shared by, MIT Media Lab's Ariel Ekblaw SM '17, PhD '20 explains how this new tool allows astronauts to build and modify space stations "quicker, cheaper, and with less complexity."

The difference between a "minimum wage" and a "living wage" and why it matters

Near-historic inflation has drawn attention to the cost of affording the basics. ABC News speaks with DUSP's Amy Glasmeier, creator of a living wage calculator, about how much money a worker must make to stay afloat. “National data puts New York together with Tupelo, Mississippi,” says Glasmeier. “That’s about the difference between Mars and America.”


Taking jigsaw puzzles to infinity and beyond

The New York Times profiles the work of Architecture alum Jessica Rosenkrantz '05 and her husband. The two algorithmic artists make wooden puzzles, housewares, and jewelry inspired by natural forms at their studio in upstate New York. Jessica was a lecturer in the MIT Department of Architecture 2016-19.

Envisioning the Future of Computing Prize

How will advances in computing transform human society for the better? The Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing, a cross-cutting initiative within the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, in collaboration with the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, invites MIT students to envision the future of computing by sharing ideas, aspirations, and vision for what the future holds. The winning entry receives a $10K cash prize. Learn more here.
Submission deadline: February 28.
Interspecies Attentiveness: An artist panel discussion

Join exhibiting artists from Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere for a panel discussion exploring interspecies communication and what artist Špela Petrič calls "vegetal consciousness." Exhibition curators Natalie Bell and Caroline A. Jones will guide the discussion to explore human collaborations with varied species and the role of digital media and technologies in facilitating our exploration and pursuit of ways of knowing, thinking, or communicating beyond the human. Register here
February 2, 6:00-7:30 pm, Bartos Theater, MIT List Visual Arts Center
MIT's 49th Annual MLK Celebration
Join MIT President Sally Kornbluth and featured keynote speaker Angela Y. Davis, writer and feminist, as the MIT community celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and honors Dr. King's dual emphasis on global and local issues. Seating for the event is full, but you may stream it here
February 8 at 11:00 am-1:00 pm (ET)
Around SA+P


MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP) provides members of the MIT community (students, faculty, staff, and alums) with a unique opportunity to organize, sponsor, and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, tours, recitals, and contests. IAP 2023 began on January 9 and ends on February 3. Here are a few IAP courses offered through SA+P:

January 31  |   "Environmental Justice and Energy Sustainability" 
Mini-symposium to increase awareness about environmental justice issues among the MIT community and to seed research/development for tackling these issues. Information and registration here.
1:00 pm (ET)

February 3  |   Wikipedia edit-a-thon on climate change
Learn how to edit and improve articles and read Wikipedia with a critical eye, with a focus on climate change information. Articles related to climate change range from articles about technology, to policy and laws, to impacts on particular geographies or environments. More information and registration here
1:00-3:00 pm (ET)


February 1  |  IAP Film Screening
Join the MIT List Visual Arts Center for a screening of the documentary First Person Singular: I.M. Pei. MIT alum I.M. Pei is responsible for multiple buildings across the campus, including the Wiesner Building and the Green Building. Free but registration required.
Bartos Theater, MIT List Visual Arts Center
5:30 pm (ET)

February 2  |  Interspecies Attentiveness: An artist panel discussion
Join the exhibiting artists from Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere for a panel discussion exploring interspecies communication. More information and registration here.
Bartos Theater, MIT List Visual Arts Center
6:00-7:30 pm (ET)

February 3  |  IAP Film Screening
Join the MIT AgeLab for a screening of episode 6 of “Limitless with Chris Hemsworth” featuring the AgeLab’s age empathy suit – AGNES. "Limitless" explores the boundaries of human potential and the different ways humans can live better for longer. The NatGeo series is streaming exclusively on Disney+.
MIT Stata Student Center (E32-123)
6:00 pm (ET)

February 8  |  Annual MLK Celebration
Join MIT President Sally Kornbluth and featured keynote speaker Angela Y. Davis, writer and feminist, as the MIT community celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and honors Dr. King's dual emphasis on global and local issues. Seating for the event is full, but it may be live streamed here,
11:00 am-1:00 pm (ET)

March 4  |  AKPIA@MIT Symposium
"Building Like a State: Architecture and nomad-state relations in historical perspective"
Information and registration (required) here.
10:00 am-4:00 pm (ET)


February 6-10  | MLK Art Exhibit
MIT community members were invited to honor the legacy of Dr. King with visual, literary, and performance arts inspired by his ideals. Their works may embody his mission, highlight this year’s theme of upholding the flame for fairness and justice, or show us hope for the future with joy. Winning submissions will be displayed. 
Lobby 10

Through February 26  | Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere
Exhibition accompanies a new book published by MIT Press, edited by Caroline A. Jones, Natalie Bell, and Selby Nimrod.
MIT List Visual Arts Center

Through March 3  | NeuraFutures: How far is too far?
An exhibition sharing brain-computer interfaces and related research including implanting memories, reading dreams while you sleep, and communicating a thought between two people across continents. More information here.
Curated by Nataliya Kosmyna, MIT Media Lab
Rotch Library, 7-238

SA+P Wellness Program for 2023
Yoga and Mindfulness
Tuesday 5:30-6:45 pm in-person (9-255) and online | Connect via Zoom here
Friday 12:00-1:00 pm (virtual only) | Connect via Zoom here 
On-demand fitness for all abilities | Explore what's offered

Virtual exhibitions and activities
MIT Press: virtual lectures with authors | Connect here
ACT lecture archive | Connect here
Department of Architecture lecture channel | Connect here 
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