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

Blue-sky thinking and the next 150-year chair

Students studying advanced product design explored sustainable chair manufacturing and showed their work in a community exhibition space in Venice, California. “These students approached manufacturing, sustainability, and product design just ‘blue sky,’” says Jaye Buchbinder, head of product development and sustainability at furniture manufacturer Emeco. “They kind of peeled it back to the level of ‘What does furniture even mean?’ and ‘Why do we have these things and how should you interact with them?’” 

Celebrating open data

A new prize program recognizes MIT researchers who make data openly accessible and reusable. Researcher teams at the MIT Media Lab, ACT, and DUSP are among the award winners. Brigham Fay's MIT News story identifies all award winners. Takeo Kuwabara's article shares the work of a team led by DUSP's Carmelo Ignaccolo.


Changing the world through art

"Indigenous philosophies, and Dakota philosophy in particular, [are] not well known or understood. And so, when I have the opportunity to talk to people about it through my artwork, I see that light bulb come on,” says multimedia artist Erin Genia SM ’19, who is Dakota. MIT Slice shares a video of the ACT alum's work.

Study: Extreme heat is changing habits of daily life

New research quantifies how much very hot temperatures restrict outdoor activity in China. “Environmental hazards hurt the daily quality of life," says Siqi Zheng, co-author of the study and faculty director of the MIT Center for Real Estate. "Yes, people protect themselves [by limiting activity], but they lose the benefit of going out to enjoy themselves in nature, or meeting friends in parks.”

Remembering Sam Bass Warner

In a remembrance, Associate Dean Lawrence Vale encapsulated the joy, brilliance, and spirit Warner, a DUSP visiting professor emeritus, brought to the MIT community. 

Fellowships for water and food solutions

The Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) was founded as an effort to amplify MIT’s research in the water and food sectors to respond to the urgent global water and food challenges. Two J-WAFS graduate student fellowships are available. Selected doctoral students will receive one semester of funding. More information available hereSubmission deadline: March 1.
SA+P Health + Wellness
Free programs to support physical and mental health

SA+P is offering Change for Good — Group Health Coaching (7-week program), along with two Mindfulness Meditation for Stress and Anxiety sessions (4-week programs) in February and April. Registration is required and space is limited. 
Register for Change for Good – Group Health Coaching
In-Person (9-255) 7:00 pm-8:15 pm (Tuesdays: 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21)
Register for Mindfulness Meditation for Stress and Anxiety
Online 7:30 pm-8:45 pm (Thursdays: 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 2/2 )
April dates and registration to be announced at a later date.
Around SA+P


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)

February 14  |  Narrative Maps: A Design Process
Adèle Naudé Santos, Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Urban Design and former SA+P dean, delivers the annual Jaqueline Tyrwhitt Urban Design Lecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Free and open to the public or view online here.
Gund Hall Piper Auditorium, Harvard University
6:30 pm (ET)

February 22  | Department of Architecture Spring 2023 Lectures
"The Logistics Counterrevolution: De-colonial struggle and the politics of trans-Pacific supply chains " with Charmaine Chua. An HTC Forum lecture.
Long Lounge 7-429
6:00 pm (ET)

February 23  | Department of Architecture Spring 2023 Lectures
"Buildings, People, Plants" with Amale Andraos
In-person and streamed on YoutubeRegister here to attend in-person.
Long Lounge 7-429
6:00 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 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 are 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 February 28  |  The Deep Time Project: Architecture as Planetary Abstraction
Multimedia projects — including physical prototypes, text components, sound, and video — from a Fall 2022 course conducted by Cristina Parreño Alonso, Architecture senior lecturer.
Wiesner Student Art Gallery
MIT Building W20, 2nd floor

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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