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SA+P FIVE: February 28, 2023
News, announcements, resources, and events from our School community.

Q&A: Tod Machover on "Overstory Overture," his latest operatic work

"Overstory Overture" will premiere on March 7 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City with superstar Joyce DiDonato in a leading — and surprising — role. The new 30-minute work, commissioned and performed by the international chamber ensemble Sejong Soloists with conductor Earl Lee, is Machover’s first new operatic work since 2018. 

Where do stolen bikes go?

An experiment in Amsterdam reveals how pilfered bicycles are put to use. “We thought bikes might be stolen and sent abroad. We found they are used in the same [locations],” says Fabio Duarte, principal research scientist at MIT’s Senseable City Lab and co-author of a new paper detailing the experiment.

Surfacing the stories hidden in migration data

A winner of Metropolis‘s second-annual Responsible Disruptors program, the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT explores new ways of looking at a humanitarian crisis with its exhibition and website Distance Unknown. “The Data Tapestry allowed a lot of people to get out of the normal conversations they have around migration—ambassadors that don’t typically talk to each other were having conversations,” notes Sarah Williams, director of CDDL and lead designer of the exhibition.

Learning Beautiful brings MIT's "mind and hand" ethos to early education

Spun out of a Media Lab project, the startup offers materials that help children explore computer science concepts through hands-on learning. “For young children, being able to build and then experience with their hands is so important,” says Learning Beautiful founder Kim Smith Claudel SM ’17.

Can this man blow up city development without destroying Boston?


Last year, Arthur Jemison MCP '94 took over the notoriously developer-friendly Boston Planning and Development Agency with the goal of reform. In its profile of Jemison, Boston magazine asks if "the MIT alum can prevent the city from becoming an über-wealthy enclave without sacrificing its progress?"
Pandemic Pondering Exhibition

A new exhibition showcases artistic COVID masks created by MIT students in courses taught in 2021 by Azra Akšamija, director of MIT ACT. Students were asked to design and fabricate masks functioning as cultural prostheses that commemorate personal and/or collective pandemic experiences.
Through March 5 at MIT Keller Gallery (7-408)
A conversation with Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall 

A leading figure in the movement to decolonize design, Dori Tunstall, the author of Decolonizing Design: A Cultural Justice Guidebook, uses hard-hitting real-life examples and case studies drawn from over fifteen years of working to transform institutions to better reflect the lived experiences of Indigenous, Black, and People of Color communities. Tunstall discusses her book with MIT CoLab's Holly Harriel and Alvin Donal Harvey SM '20, president of the MIT Native American Student Association. Presented by the MIT Press Bookstore, MIT Architecture, and the MIT Morningside Academy for Design. More information and registration here
March 3, 5:00 pm at MIT Long Lounge (7-429)
MIT Values Workshop

What do excellence and curiosity; openness and respect; and belonging and community mean at MIT? What do they mean to you? MindHandHeart invites you to sit down with other members of the MIT community to explore the answers to those questions and find out more about the MIT Values Statement. Learn more and register here. March 8, 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Hayden Library (14S-130). Sponsored my MindHandHeart.

Around SA+P


March 2  | Department of Architecture Spring 2023 Lectures
"Design Activism: Border ecologies and the architecture of U.N. missions" with Malkit Shoshan
In-person and streamed on YoutubeRegister here to attend in-person (registration required).
Long Lounge (7-429)
6:00 pm (ET)

March 3 | 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.
Liz Reynolds and David Mindel on "Tectonic shifts in science, technology, and industrial policy: looking ahead"
Complete list here. Webcast registration and link here. 
12:00-1:00 pm (ET)

March 3 | Decolonizing Design: A cultural justice guidebook with Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall
Tunstall discusses her book with MIT CoLab's Holly Harriel and Alvin Donal Harvey SM '20, president of the MIT Native American Student Association. Presented by the MIT Press Bookstore, MIT Architecture, and the MIT Morningside Academy for Design.
More information and registration here.
MIT Long Lounge (7-429)
5:00 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)

March 6  | Urbanism Spring Lecture Series
Pamela Conrad: "Climate positive design — going beyond neutral"
On Zoom. Register for webcast here.
5:30 pm (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)

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 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 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. More information here.
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

Through March 5 | Pandemic Pondering Exhibition
Through large-format images of COVID masks created by MIT students, the exhibit takes as its subject the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions.
MIT Keller Gallery (7-408)


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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