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SA+P FIVE: March 7, 2023
News, announcements, resources, and events from our School community.

Why the definition of design might need a change

When we unpack its current meaning, we may find that we want—and need—to retool the word yet again, according to Architecture's Nicholas de Monchaux in MIT Technology Review.

How soon will M3gan become reality? Robot ethicists weigh in

In an interview with The Guardian, MIT Media Lab's Kate Darling says, "I don’t think we’re going to have something that’s on that level of sophisticated AI in the next decade or two."

Sensing with purpose

Fadel Adib SM '13, PhD '16 uses wireless technologies to sense the world in new ways, taking aim at sweeping problems such as food insecurity, climate change, and access to health care. Director of the MIT Media Lab's Signal Kinetics group, Adib and his students apply knowledge and creativity to global problems.

Detroit aims to spur new housing, boost property values with tax change

Doctoral student Nick Allen MCP '17 is interviewed and has his work shared in the Wall Street Journal for a story on a proposed change on how Detroit taxes property. “I think this is a policy that works in any city in Michigan and works in a lot of distressed cities in a similar way,” says Allen.

Greening affordable housing


Equipped with a degree in art and design, Kim Vermeer '82 founded Urban Habitat Initiatives, a consulting firm that helps affordable-housing developers meet their goals for sustainability and climate resilience. Read her profile in MIT Technology Review.
The Andrea Chegut Fellowship Fund

The Andrea Chegut Fellowship Fund has been established to offer financial support to female graduate students in the School of Architecture and Planning who are interested in applying design to solve complex problems and make a positive impact on the human environment. Areas of study could include, but are not limited to, design innovation and research, real estate technology, and entrepreneurship. This endowed fellowship honors the life and work of Andrea Chegut, research scientist and co-founder of the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab and MITdesignX.

Application information and other details will be forthcoming this spring. Contributions to the fund may be made here.
Energy Storage Student Slam

Interested in finding out about energy storage projects at MIT? MIT undergraduate and graduate students will participate in a rapid-fire series of presentations on energy storage projects they are currently conducting or have recently completed that will help fight the climate crisis. Sponsored by the MIT Energy Initiative. More information and registration here. Open to the MIT community. MIT Welcome Center (E38).
Tuesday, March 21, 5:00-6:30 pm
Nominations are open
Annual MIT Awards are here

The MIT Awards Convocation honors MIT students, faculty, staff, and community members who have made outstanding contributions to the shared life of the Institute. Information on the award categories and nomination forms hereDeadline: March 23

Around SA+P


March 7  | CRE Research Seminar
Edward Glaeser, Economics Department Chair, Harvard University on “Infrastructure Inequality.” In-person or on Zoom. Watch webcast here.
12:15 pm (ET)

March 8  | White House Forum on Campus and Community-Scale Climate Change Solutions 
MIT Director of Sustainability Julie Newman is among the speakers showcasing how innovative ideas and actions can support climate change efforts on college campuses while benefitting the surrounding communities and beyond. Details here. Register here.
1:00 pm (ET)

March 8  | Journalist Kate Zernike discusses "The Exceptions" with MIT's Nancy Hopkins
Zernike's book is ""the inspiring account of the sixteen female scientists who forced MIT to publicly admit it had been discriminating against its female faculty for years—sparking a nationwide reckoning with the pervasive sexism in science." Sponsored by the School of Science. More information and registration here.
Stata Center (32-141).
5:00 pm (ET)

March 9  | Department of Architecture Spring 2023 Lectures
"KieranTimberlake: Threads of Inquiry" with Stephen Kieran and Jason E. Smith
In-person and streamed on YoutubeRegister here to attend in-person (registration required).
Long Lounge (7-429)
6:00 pm (ET)

March 10 | MIT Mobility Forum Spring 2023
Weekly seminar series showcasing the groundbreaking transportation research taking place across the Institute. Lectures are online and open to all.
Juan de Dios Ortuzar on "Modeling sustainable options — the importance of habit and perceptions"
Complete list here. Webcast registration and link here. 
12:00-1:00 pm (ET)

March 13-17 | Random Acts of Kindness Week
An opportunity for the entire campus community to come together through spontaneous acts of generosity. Learn. more here.

March 13  | Urbanism Spring Lecture Series
Loreta Castro Reguera: "Retroactive "
On Zoom. Watch webcast here.
11:30 am (ET)

March 15  | MIT Club of Boston's "Meet the Dean" Series
Dean Hashim Sarkis will share an overview of where SA+P is today and highlight a few projects that relate to the Greater Boston Area. More information and registration here.
Broad Institute, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA
5:30 pm (ET) doors open (speaker program begins at 6:30 pm)

March 20  |  Aga Khan Program Lecture: Something Else is Possible
Vivien Sansour, founder and director of Palestine Heirloom Seed Library
Information and registration here.
6:00 pm (ET)

March 21  |  Energy Storage Student Slam
Rapid-fire series of presentations on energy storage projects currently being conducted or recently completed by MIT students that will help fight the climate crisis. Sponsored by the MIT Energy Initiative.
Information and registration here.
5:00-6:30 pm (ET)

March 21  |  Adaptation to Climate Change — Cottonwood Group x MITdesignX Salon Series
Discussion hosted by leading MIT faculty members dedicated to an issue facing millions of people.
Information and registration here.
135 Seaport Blvd. Boston, MA
5:00-7:00 pm (ET)

April 6  | Design Solidarity: Book launch
Join authors Marisa Morán Jahn and Architecture's Rafi Segal for a conversation, celebration, and reception to launch their new book "Design & Solidarity" (Columbia University Press, 2023). More information and registration here.
MIT Long Lounge (7-429)
6:00 pm (ET)

April 14 | Thresholds 51 Launch
Celebrate the launch of SA+P's annual peer-reviewed journal. Thresholds 51: Heat 
Presented by MIT SA+P Student Council, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning Student Council, and MIT MAD. Registration information to come.
MIT Museum
314 Main Street, Cambridge, MA
6:00 pm (ET)

April 18  | Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing (SERC) Symposium
Bringing together social scientists and humanists with engineers and computer scientists, the inaugural SERC symposium showcases the work of MIT faculty, postdocs, and students advancing education and research in this domain. DUSP's Sarah Williams joins the symposium's first panel discussion. More information and registration here. 
E14 6th floor
8:00 am-5:30 pm (ET)


Through September 18 | City of Faith: Religion, Activism, and Urban Space
Exhibition curated by Azra Dawood SM '10 PhD '18 and a Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition includes a photomontage by SA+P's Azra Akšamija. More information here.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue, NYC


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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