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SA+P FIVE: November 29, 2022
News, announcements, resources, and events from our School community.

The Community Innovators Lab welcomes Holly Harriel MCP '03 as new leader

The higher education veteran will serve as strategic advisor for CoLab, a center within the Department of Urban Studies and Planning focused on promoting racial justice and inclusive economic development that is environmentally sustainable, socially just, and deeply democratic.

Can your phone tell if a bridge is in good shape?

A new study suggests mobile data collected while traveling over bridges could help evaluate their integrity. The study was published in Communications Engineering. MIT Senseable City Lab researchers Sabastiano Milardo, Paolo Santi, and Carlo Ratti co-authored the study with faculty at MIT's School of Engineering and other universities.

The business of space

Danielle Wood, director of the MIT Media Lab's Space Enabled Research Group, discusses the future of space technology on "Bloomberg" television. Wood and her team are working on a “space sustainability rating, which is a method to incentivize organizations to actually do what they can to reduce space debris now in Earth’s orbit.”

Brent Ryan appointed associate provost

Ryan is the head of the City Design and Development group and associate professor of urban design and public policy in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. The appointment announcement outlines Ryan's responsibilities.


ACT alum gets commission from M+, Hong Kong's global museum of visual culture

Inspired by role-playing video games, Ryan Kuo’s (SMACT) '14 Puzzle rebuilds conversations from his personal history as a first-generation Taiwanese American growing up in rural America. Explore the work here.

"Finer Geographies: Using Photographs and Maps
for Street Scale Urban History"

Garrett Dash Nelson, President and Head Curator of the Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, will share two projects that use digital humanities methods to capture fine-grained geographies of urban history. Refreshments served.
November 30, 5:00-6:00 pm at Hayden Library, 14S-130
2023 Excellence Awards and Collier Medal
The Excellence Awards and Collier Medal are among MIT's highest staff honors—and one of the most important ways to recognize employees for their contributions and celebrate their accomplishments. Consider individuals and teams whose work has made a positive impact, and submit a nomination for the 2023 MIT Excellence Awards (for staff members) or the Collier Medal (for any MIT community member). Information is available here
Nomination deadline:  December 8, 2022 at 5pm ET.

Around SA+P


November 29  | Exploring Food Justice, Resilience, and Entrepreneurship with Tracy Chang
A conversation with the owner and chef of Cambridge's Pagu Restaurant exploring themes of women's entrepreneurship, resilience, and sustainability. Refreshments and appetizers from Pagu Restaurant. Space is limited so arrive early.
Hayden Library 14S-130
5:00 pm (ET)

November 30  | "Finer Geographies: Using Photographs and Maps for Street Scale Urban History"
Speaker: Garrett Dash NelsonPresident and Head Curator, Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library). Nelson will share two projects that use digital humanities methods to capture fine-grained geographies of urban history.
Hayden Library 14S-130
5:00 pm (ET)

December 1  | Department of Architecture Fall 2022 Lectures
"Answering the Call: Advancing the Relevance of Architecture" will be the subject of a panel discussion of recent Whitney M Young Jr Award recipients.
In-person and streamed on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Register here to attend in-person.
Long Lounge 7-429
6:00 pm (ET)

December 2 | MIT Mobility Forum Fall 2022
Weekly seminar series showcasing the groundbreaking transportation research taking place across the Institute. Lectures are online and open to all.
Professor Jing Li on "Pricing and Location Choices for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure"
Complete list here. Webcast registration and link here. 
12:00-1:00 pm (ET)

December 2 | MITdesignX 2023 Pitch-in
Hear second round finalists for the next cohort present their proposals and support SA+P students, researchers, and faculty.
MIT Media Lab, 6th floor
12:30-5:00 pm (ET)

December 5  | City Design and Development/Urbanism/LCAU
Fall 2022 Lecture Series

Mike Batty: "Science in Urban Design: Pooling Opinions to Generate Optimal Spacing Plans"
On Zoom. More information and registration here.
12:30 pm (ET)

December 14  |  Virtual MSRED Info Session
MIT Center for Real Estate executive director Kairos Shen and graduate academic administrator Mary Hughes offer an information session discussing the program, curriculum, the application process. More information and registration here.
6:00 pm (ET)

December 17  |  MIT ACT Thesis Exhibit
Art, Culture, and Technology students and interdisciplinary artists, Wa Liu and Tzu Tung Lee, will screen their videos followed by a discussion with an ACT professor and audience.
MIT Museum's Lee Family Exchange
1:00 pm (ET)

December 24-January 2  |  Winter Break  |  Special Holiday Closing
A full list of observed holidays is available on the Institute Holidays page.


Through December 22  | "Restrictive Topographies: The Black City"
A new exhibition by the architect-artist J. Yolande Daniels, associate professor in the MIT Department of Architecture, explores American cities to reveal phenomena and dynamics, including gentrification, restrictive covenants, racial expulsions, and sundown towns that have affected Black settlements.
MIT’s Keller Gallery, Bldg. 7-408

Through December 23  | "STRAP: STRetch Assembly Performance"
A new exhibition by Technology Overload (MArch '23) and Harris Chowdhary (MArch '24) presenting new works exploring the politics of figuration and control in digital spaces and contemporary cities.
Weisner Student Art Gallery, Bldg. W-20

Through January 15  | "Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment"
Co-curated by Architecture's Kristel Smentek with contributions by doctoral students Phoebe Springstubb and Brandon Scott and recent HTC alum Elizabeth Browne. More information here.
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Through February 26  | Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere
Exhibition accompanies a new book edited by Caroline A. Jones, Natalie Bell, and Selby Nimrod. Published by MIT Press, November 2022.
MIT List Visual Arts Center


SA+P Wellness Program: Fall 2022
Yoga and Mindfulness
Tuesdays (in-person) in Room 9-255 5:30-6:45 pm | Connect here 
Fridays (online only) 12:00-1:00 pm  | Connect 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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