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SA+P FIVE: February 14, 2023
News, announcements, resources, and events from our School community.

Taking the long view: The deep time project

Architecture students address the urgent need to reframe the relationship between design and time under the direction of Cristina Parreño Alonso, a senior lecturer in Architecture. She recently designed a new class, The Deep Time Project, which launched in Fall 2022 with the support of a 2022 Cross Disciplinary Class Grant from the MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology and the d’Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education.

Devising a modular system to produce efficient, scalable aquabots

The system’s simple repeating elements can assemble into swimming forms ranging from eel-like to wing-shaped. The work was reported in the journal Soft Robotics, in a paper by MIT research assistant Alfonso Parra Rubio, professors Michael Triantafyllou and Neil Gershenfeld, and six others. News coverage includes Tech Crunch and Popular Science

A global lab for teaching and practicing synthetic biology

A pandemic-fueled transformation of the MIT course MAS.S64 (How to Grow (Almost) Anything) leads to next steps in democratizing synthetic biology.


Chess players face a tough foe: air pollution

A new study shows that even chess experts perform worse when air quality is lower, suggesting a negative effect on cognition. “We find that when individuals are exposed to higher levels of air pollution, they make more mistakes, and they make larger mistakes,” says Juan Palacios, an economist in DUSP's Sustainable Urbanization Lab, and co-author of the paper.

Millennial design authorities


Combining academic interest and passion for furniture, design, and technology, Jeremy Carmine Bilotti SM '21 and friend David Rosenwasser founded Rarify, a vintage, collectible furniture company. An interview in Forbes shares how Bilotti and Rosenwasser use the history of design to educate their new audiences, such as with this Instagram post.  
Lecture: Antiracist, equity-minded, and inclusive
language teaching practices

MIT Global Languages offers a language pedagogy lecture series during the Spring semester that is DEI-themed emphasizing diversity, equity, and inclusiveness perspectives. Offered by Uju Anya, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Open to students, staff, and faculty.
February 24, 12:00-1:00 pm at the Hayden Library (14S-130)

Around SA+P


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 17 | 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.
John Paul McDuffie on "New paths for solving emergent problems of the EV sector"
Complete list here. Webcast registration and link here. 
12:00-1:00 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)

February 24  | MIT Global Languages lecture series
"Antiracist, Equity-Minded, and Inclusive Language Teaching Practices" 
Anti-Black racism and other types of inequity in world language classrooms will be examined, and strategies to implement antiracist, equity-minded, and inclusive practices that help minoritized students succeed in world language studies will be presented. No registration required.
14S-130 (Hayden Library)
12:00-1:00 pm (ET)

February 27  | Urbanism Spring Lecture Series
Paola Aguirre: "Design with, not for"
On Zoom. More information and registration here.
5:30 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)


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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