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SA+P FIVE: March 21, 2023
News, announcements, resources, and events from our School community.

Lawrence Sass SM '94, PhD '00
named MacVicar Faculty Fellow 

For more than 30 years, the MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program has recognized exemplary and sustained contributions to undergraduate education at MIT. The architecture professor says “I love teaching and being part of the MIT community. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the MacVicar family of fellows.” More on MIT News.

The pushback against the 15-minute city 

DUSP's Carlo Ratti and Robert Muggah of the SecDev Group explore the pushback against 15-minute cities and how the concept behind creating more accessible neighborhoods could “facilitate the meaningful and sustained in-person connections that the internet cannot” in a Boston Globe op-ed. They note "the concept could be the solution to bridging our divides. By creating more open, integrated, and healthy neighborhoods, it is possible to restore the in-person connections that are an antidote to polarization.”

"Riotsville, USA" and the roots of militarized urban planning

For Planning magazine, Ezra Haber Glenn reviews the new documentary which shows one of the civil rights era’s lesser-known stories. "The documentary recounts the development of increasingly militarized police tactics, practiced in these so-called 'Riotsvilles,' then promoted in urban areas across the country."

Augmented reality headset enables users to see hidden objects

The device could help workers locate objects for fulfilling e-commerce orders or identify parts for assembling products. This video demonstrates how the headset operates in many workplace environments. More on MIT News


CNN Style features ACT student Christopher Joshua Benton


The Abu Dhabi-based artist says his "art is about feeling, about empathy, and understanding the people around you. And so when I make art, I feel connected to other people." Watch the interview on CNN Style here.
"Dialogues Across Difference"

The first in a new series of lectures and campus conversations sponsored by the offices of the MIT president, provost, and chancellor will feature speaker John Tomasi, inaugural president of Heterodox Academy. In person, registration not required.
Wednesday, March 22, 3:00-4:30 pm at Bartos Theater, E15-070

Around SA+P


March 20  | Urbanism Spring Lecture Series
Co-hosted by the City Design and Development Program, SMArchS Urbanism Program, and LCAU: "Social production of housing"
In-person for the MIT community in Long Lounge (7-249)
On Zoom. Register for the webcast here.
5:30 pm (ET)

March 20  |  "The Art of Un-War" I  Film Screening and discussion with director Maria Niro and artist Krzysztof Wodiczko
Information and registration here.
20 Ames Street
6:00-8:00 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)

March 22  |  "Dialogues Across Difference"
The first in a new series of guest lectures and campus conversations. The first featured speaker is John Tomasi, inaugural president of Heterodox Academy.
Bartos Theater (E15-070)
3:00-4:30 pm (ET)

March 23  | MIT Center for Constructive Communication 
Community-wide research presentations on-site and on Zoom
Topic: Embedding dimension and model selection for community detection in graphs
Speakers: MIT's Brandon Roy, Allen Gorin
E-14. 5th floor
2:30-3:30 pm (ET)

March 23  | Department of Architecture Spring 2023 Lectures
"Retooling sustainable design" with Timur Dogan
In-person and streamed on Youtube. Register here to attend in-person (registration required).
Long Lounge (7-429)
6:00 pm (ET)

March 24 | 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.
Warren Powell on "From reinforcement learning to sequential decision analytics with applications in transportation and logistics "
Complete list here. Webcast registration and link here. 
12:00-1:00 pm (ET)

March 27-31 |  MIT Spring Break 

April 6-7  | MIT Symposium for Advancing Climate Education
Information and agenda hereRegistration deadline: March 30. 
MIT Samberg Conference Center (E-52)
8:30 am (ET)

April 10  |  Aga Khan Program Lecture
Semra Horuz on "Ottoman Tour d’Europe: Architecture, Urbanism, and Late Ottoman Travelogues"
In-person only. Information and registration here
6:00 pm (ET)

April 10  |  "What's it really about with Jae Rhim Lee"
Transdisciplinary artist, designer, and entrepreneur Jae Rhim Lee will discuss human-centered design, death and psychedelics. Sponsored by MIT ACT and the MIT Morningside Academy of Design.
Free and open to the public. Registration here
6:00-7:00 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)

April 20  | 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 21-22  | 2023 Max Wasserman Forum: Altered Access
Sponsored by the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Altered Access brings together artists, educators, and curators to discuss current disability discourse within the arts and museum institutions. The two days of hybrid programming including a virtual keynote address and three hybrid panel discussions. Free. Registration required. Information and registration here.
20 Ames Street (E15)

April 28  | MIT Sustainability Summit 2023
The focus of this year's summit is demystifying carbon markets. More information and registration here. 
MIT Samberg Center, 50 Memorial Drive
8:30 am-6:00 pm (ET)

June 15-16  | MIT World Real Estate Forum 2023
The event returns to campus. More information here. Registration coming soon.


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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