Events

November 15  | Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT Fall 2021 Lectures
“Fischer von Erlach to Banister Fletcher: Writing Islam into the World’s Architectural History” with Sussan Babaie. Online registration here
6:00 pm (EDT)

October 29  | Computational Real Estate and Urban Studies Fall 2021 Seminar Series
Virtual bi-weekly research talks on topics including design, environment, health, mobility, and economics to provide a platform for MIT students and researchers to exchange ideas. Organized by the Computational Real Estate and Urban Studies group.
“Underwater Underwriting: Bank Screening and Credit Rationing in Flood Zones” with Parinitha Sastry. Registration and fall semester list here.
1:00-2:00 pm (EDT)

October 28  | Media Lab Perspectives
“Responsible AI: A perspective from the trenches” with Dr. Joaquin Quiñonero Candela
Livestream. More information here.
12:00-1:00 pm (EDT)

October 26  | MIT Infrastructure Policy Lightening Talks
Hear from faculty from MIT’s Mobility Initiative and SA+P present their policy perspectives on the American Jobs Plan. Livestream link here.
More information here.
1:00-2:30 pm (EDT)

October 25  | Utility Leadership in Accelerating the Carbon-Free Energy Transition
Join members of the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Initiative for this webinar sponsored by MITEI. Information and registration here.
1:00-2:00 pm (EDT)

October 23  | ACT Fall 2021 Lecture Series
“Begin Again, Again” with Leslie Thornton
In collaboration with the List Visual Arts Center
Free. Registration required.
2:00 pm (EDT)

October 22  | MIT Mobility Forum
A weekly seminar series showcasing the groundbreaking transportation research taking place across the Institute.
“Optimization under uncertainty for various transportation problems” with Patrick Jaillet
Lectures are online and open to all. Fall semester list here.
Zoom link here
12:00-1:00 pm (EDT)

October 21  | Sustainability Lunch Series
“Smart Climate Solutions” with Carolyn DuPont
Details and registration here.
11:45 am (EDT)

October 21  | Sustainability Ecosystem Mixer: Fall Celebration
Private location. Details and registration here.
11:45 am (EDT)

October 21  | Department of Architecture Fall 2021 Lectures
Joseph Choma and Maya Hayuk
Lectures are free and open to the public. Most lectures will be held in-person and online.
Online registration here.
Room 7-429 (*Room is limited is 45 people. Non-MIT affiliates are asked to register as “remote.”) Complete list of lectures here.
6:00 pm (EDT)

October 20  | 2021 Urbanism Fall Lecture Series
Catherine Chang
More information here. Online Zoom here.
1:00-2:00 pm (EDT)

October 19  | MITdesignX Fall Open House + Venture Showcase #2
Meet with the MIT designX team and designX alumni. Learn how they and their co-founders developed their ideas into exciting new ventures. Snacks provided.
Bldg 9-255
1:00 pm (EDT)

October 19  |  Anti-Racist Research in Urban Studies and Planning
The first in a series of conversations focusing on DUSP’s efforts to advance racial justice. Lunch provided. Topic: Black DUSP Thesis
Watch on Zoom here. Passcode: 688297
One tap mobile: US: +16465588656,,91209247587#  or +16699006833,,91209247587# 
9-255 (City Arena)
12:30 pm (EDT)

October 15  | Computational Real Estate and Urban Studies Fall 2021 Seminar Series
Virtual bi-weekly research talks on topics including design, environment, health, mobility, and economics to provide a platform for MIT students and researchers to exchange ideas. Organized by the Computational Real Estate and Urban Studies group.
“The Value(s) of Design: Modeling Performance and Measuring Premiums” with Irmark Turan, Illinois Institute of Technology. Registration and fall semester list here.
1:00-2:00 pm (EDT)

October 14  | Department of Architecture Fall 2021 Lectures
“Conversations on Care” with Mpho Matsipa
Lectures are free and open to the public. Most lectures will be held in-person and online.
Online registration here.
Room 7-429 (*Room is limited is 45 people. Non-MIT affiliates are asked to register as “remote.”) Complete list of lectures here.
6:00 pm (EDT)

October 8  | MIT Mobility Forum
A weekly seminar series showcasing the groundbreaking transportation research taking place across the Institute.
“Rail Transit and Urban Vibrancy” with Siqi Zheng
Lectures are online and open to all. Fall semester list here.
Zoom link here
12:00-1:00 pm (EDT)

October 6  | 2021 Urbanism Fall Lecture Series
Mark Smout and Laura Allen 
More information here. Online Zoom here.
1:00-2:00 pm (EDT)

October 4-8  | Virtual City Science Summit: “Cities WITH(in)”
Co-hosted by MIT City Science and Taipei Tech
Information and online registration here.
6:00 pm (EDT)

September 20  | MITdesignX Open House 
Join MITdesignX to meet staff and hear from past teams. To learn more, visit: https://designx.mit.edu
12:30-1:30 pm (EDT)

September 17  | MIT Mobility Forum
A weekly seminar series showcasing the groundbreaking transportation research taking place across the Institute. All lectures are online and open to all. Fall semester list here.
“Rethinking Traffic Flow with Connected and Autonomous Vehicles”
Zoom link here
12:00-1:00 pm (EDT)

September 16  | Department of Architecture Fall 2021 Lectures
Lectures are free and open to the public. Most lectures will be held in-person* and online.
“Oracular” with Sanford Biggers
Online registration here.
Room 7-429 (*Room is limited is 45 people. Non-MIT affiliates asked to register as “remote.”)
Complete list of lectures here.
6:00 pm (EDT)

September 15  | Ford’s Michigan Central Development: Building the Future of Mobility in Detroit 
The first in a series on how MIT alumni from design, business, and mobility fields are leading global efforts to create 21st-century models to transform the city and transportation. Speakers include: Priyanka Shah SMArchS/MCP ’08 and Henry Ford III MBA ’10. Sponsored by MITArchA.
Information and registration here.
12:00 pm (EDT)

September 15  | MITdesignX Open House 
Join MITdesignX to meet staff and hear from past teams. To learn more, visit: https://designx.mit.edu
12:30-1:30 pm (EDT)

September 14  | MIT Arts 2021 Funding Application Workshop
Information and registration here.
4:00 pm (EDT)

SA+P Wellness Program: Fall 2021
(Virtual) Yoga and Mindfulness
Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm | Register here 
Fridays 10:00-11:00 am  | Register 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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June 4  | MIT Commencement Day

Celebration program and degree conferral: 1 pm
Graduate name recognition: 2 pm
Webcast; no registration required
12:00 (EDT)

April 30  | MIT Mobility Forum

A weekly seminar series showcasing the groundbreaking transportation research taking place across the Institute. Spring semester list here
Chandra Bhatt : “Research trends in transportation: a conversation with the editor of Transportation Research Part B”
Zoom link here
12:00-1:00 pm (ET)

April 30  | MIT Architecture presents: Engineering independence: concrete architecture in the global south

Symposium information and speakers here
9:00 am EDT
Webcast here

April 29  | MIT Architecture presents: Bridging boundaries in native and non-native communities: an architecture for wealth-building and equitable opportunity

The MIT NOMAS Lecture: Joseph Kunkel
6:00 pm EDT
Webcast here

April 29  | MIT Media Lab Distinguished Speaker Series: “Perspectives” 
“Why do we want our computers to improvise?” with Prof. George Lewis

Livestream link here
12:00 pm (EDT)

April 27  | MITdesignX Symposium
“Design Fast-Forward: the acceleration of technology, systems, and urban policy in the post-pandemic city”

Details and registration here

April 22  | Karl Taylor Compton Lecture: “Thinking About Racism”

Kwame Anthony Appiah — philosopher, cultural commentator, and author of the New York Times column “The Ethicist” — will deliver the Karl Taylor Compton Lecture: “Thinking About Racism.”
4:00 pm (ET)

April 12  | ACT Lecture Series

Mario A. Caro, ACT Lecturer and Director of the MFA in Studio Arts Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), moderates a conversation about indigeneity and contemporary curation with Brook Andrew, Candice Hopkins, and Miguel Lopez.
7:00 pm (ET)

April 12  | AKPIA@MIT Spring 2021 Virtual Lectures

Michelle Moore Apotsos: “Lived Heritage and the Sacred Topography of Harar Jugol, Ethiopia”
Webcast link available soon
6:00 pm (ET)

March 19  | MIT Mobility Forum

A weekly seminar series showcasing the groundbreaking transportation research taking place across the Institute. Spring semester list here.
Yossi Sheffi, MIT Professor of Engineering Systems: “Supply chain management beyond Covid-19”
Register here
12:00-1:00 pm (EDT)

March 18  | MIT Architecture presents “Future Blueprints of Justice”

A Research Studio conversation with Sheriece Perry, Virgil Abloh, Nóra Al Haider, and Oana Stănescu.
Details here
6:00 pm (ET)

March 16  | ACT presents “The Loss of Green: Imaging vegetal worlds”

A cross-disciplinary conversation with artist Nancy Valladares (SMACT ’20), Semine Long-Callesen (HTC ’20), and Shireen Hamza (Harvard PhD candidate in the History of Science) explores the space where botanical exchanges, medicinal practices, and culinary history intersect to unearth the legacies of our ecological present. Valladares’s show, Botanical Ghosts, is live on the MIT Wiesner Student Art Gallery Website.
Register here
6:00 pm (ET)

March 16  | Professor Ekene Ijeoma’s Black Mobility and Safety seminar (spring semester)

“Voting while Black: Darryl Pinckney and Nsé Ufot”
Register here
1:00-2:30 pm (ET)

March 4  | AKPIA@MIT Spring 2021 Virtual Lectures

Mohamed Elshahed, Independent curator and author
Registration available soon
6:00 pm (ET)

February 24  | Decarbonizing Buildings

Dramatically reducing emissions from new and existing buildings globally is central to any emissions mitigation strategy.  Four leading MIT researchers will discuss a variety of pragmatic and visionary options.
Register here
12:00-1:00 pm (ET)

February 23  | Climate Talk: Will technology save us from climate change?

Speaker: Jean-Marc Jancovici, advisor to the French government on climate change and energy.
Moderator: Caroline Jaffe, PhD Student in Responsive Environments
Moderator: Félix Michaud, PhD student at Sorbonne Université
Presented by the Responsive Environments Group at the MIT Media Lab.
Register here.
10:30-12:00 pm (ET)

February 22-26  | BIPOC in the Built virtual Wikipedia edit-a-thon

MIT Libraries are partnering with Yale University Library and the Yale School of Architecture M.E.D Working Group for Anti-Racism for a week-long edit-a-thon on Wikipedia modeled after the 2020 MIT initiative.
Details and registration here

February 19  | MIT Mobility Forum

A weekly seminar series showcasing the groundbreaking transportation research taking place across the Institute. Spring semester list here.
Prof. Cathy Wu: “Mixed Autonomy Traffic: A reinforcement learning perspective”
Register here
12:00-1:00 pm (ET)

February 18  | The MIT Campaign for a Better World (Health)

Insights from Institute leaders, faculty, and alumni who are using their knowledge to advance global health on multiple fronts.
Register here
7:00 pm (ET)

February 17  | SA+P Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons Workshop, Part I

This workshop is the first in a two-part series exploring copyright, fair use, public domain, Creative Commons, and responsible reuse of content for creators.  Empower yourself to gain agency in the copyright system.
Register here
5:00-6:30 pm (ET)

AKPIA@MIT Spring 2021 Virtual Lectures

SA+P Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons Workshop, Part I

An evening with artist Joan Jonas

February 4, 5:30 pm.
The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum host a virtual screening and conversation with ACT Professor Emerita Joan Jonas, a video and performance artist. View Left Side Right Side (8:50 min, 1972) and Vertical Roll (19:38 min, 1972), two of her most iconic videos from their collections, followed by a discussion.  Register here

Just Money: dialogues with innovators in rethinking finance

Thursday, February 4, 9 am (ET)
How do you create a financial system that serves a community and supports local entrepreneurship? What kind of leadership does it require? Join a dialogue hosted by Katrin Käufer, director of the Just Money Program at MIT’s Community Innovators Lab, who will interview innovators of mission-based finance.  Register here 

The Center for Real Estate Research Seminar Series: Spring 2021

These seminars feature distinguished scholars in the real estate finance field and provide a rigorous discussion platform for basic research. Each seminar will feature only one presenter’s current work for one hour, including Q&As. 

Seminars are held on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm (ET) via Zoom. 

If you’d like to participate, please contact lgoodwin@mit.edu for Zoom info!

February 23: Matthijs Korevaar (Erasmus University)
March 9:         Bill Wheaton (MIT CRE)
March 23:       Olivier Schöni (Laval University) 
April 6:            Daniel Greenwald (MIT Sloan)
April 20:          Christian Hilber (London School of Economics)
May 4:              Antoinette Schoar (MIT Sloan) 
May 18:            Lyndsey Rolheiser (Ryerson University)

The Impact of Culture on Giving: MISTI Event

December 10 from 12:00 to 1:00pm (with additional time for Q&A from 1:00-1:30).

Please register here.

Agenda:

Latin America with Prof. Ben Ross Schneider and Dr. Eduardo Rivera

  • Welcome and introduction to Latin America and MISTI’s activities in the region and during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • How the background of Latinos in the United States and abroad impact their philanthropy
  • Q&A

India with Prof. Pawan SinhaNureen Das, and Mythili Sankaran

  • Welcome and introduction to India and MISTI’s activities in the country and during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • How the background of Indians in the United States and abroad impact their philanthropy
  • Q&A

2020 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT Capstone Event 

December 9 at 5:00 pm
British designer Thomas Heatherwick will be honored at this virtual event. Included will be a Q & A with Dean Hashim Sarkis. Register here.

Volpe Redevelopment Project Workshop

December 8 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
A series of workshops that will focus on creating inclusive and equitable environments. The first workshop topic is the community center. Register here.

New Books from Urban Science 

December 8 at 12:30pm
Please join us on for a conversation with Sarah Williams, Catherine D’Ignazio, Andres Sevtsuk, and Sasha Costanza-Chock to discuss their new books on Urban Science. Zoom TBD

! BOOK RAFFLE ! Students: do you have a question you would like to ask the authors about their books or work? Perhaps, a general question about urban science or even something specific from our lecture series on Race, Data, and Equity? Please send Sandra (sandrame@mit.edu) your questions in advance of the event and you’ll be entered to win these books!

2020 MITArchA Alumni Achievement Award Honoring Dr. Ronald Lu FAIA, M.Arch. A. S. ‘73

Monday, December 7 | 8:00-9:00 am Eastern | 9:00-10:00 pm Hong Kong

MITArchA invites alumni and friends from around the world to join Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the MIT School of Architecture + Planning, and Nicholas de Monchaux, Head of MIT Department of Architecture, in a virtual ceremony celebrating Course IV alumnus, Dr. Ronald Lu FAIA, M.Arch A.S. ’73 as the 2020 recipient of the MITArchA Alumni Achievement Award. Read more and register.

The Black Reconstruction Collective

December 3 at 6:00pm
With Emanuel Admassu, Germane Barnes, Sekou Cooke, J. Yolande Daniels, Felecia Davis, Mario Gooden, Walter Hood, Olalekan Jeyifous, V. Mitch McEwen, and Amanda Williams: a livestream event featuring members of the 10-person Black Reconstruction Collective responding to the question: What is the architecture of Black futures? Audience participation will be invited in real-time across multiple platforms. Connect here

MITdesignX Pitches for 2021 Cohort

December 3 from 3:00 to 5:30 pm
Sixteen teams will compete before a selection committee and web audience for selection in the School’s fifth cohort. Register here.

“Teaching Tech” 

November 30 at 6:00pm
The Edward and Mary Allen Lecture in Structural Design
A panel discussion featuring: Bill Baker, Mohamed Ismail, Caitlin Mueller, John Ochsendorf, and Christine Theodoropoulos.

Walter Hood

November 19 at 6:00pm
The 26th Pietro Belluschi Lecture “Hybrid Landscapes”

“Closed Figures, Open Configurations” 

November 18 at 8:00pm
Dean Hashim Sarkis online lecture at Istanbul Kulture University
Link here

Cinema and Architectural Imagination Series discussion

November 18 at 6:00pm
Black Panther (2018)

Black Mobility and Safety in the US | Walking while Black II

November 18 at 2:00pm
Professor Elijah Anderson (Yale University)

Wiesner Gallery Talk: Misalignments

November 17 at 6:00pm
Dalma Földesi MArch ’20 and Jung In Seo MArch ’20

Emily Anne Williamson

November 16 
“Negotiating Uncertainty in an Accra Zongo”
An Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture event

Ikem Stanley Okoye

November 12 at 6:00pm
“Elusive Things: Materialities and Spatialities in the vicinity of Nigér”
Presented with the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture

Meet the Thought Leaders: The Changing Nature of Corporate Real Estate

November 10 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm (ET)
One is a series of lectures from real estate professionals who are uniquely positioned to provide valuable perspectives on important topics influencing the industry today.
Register here

Open Ocean Seminar: Sheena Talma  

November 9 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm (ET)
“Co-producing Science from a Seychelles Perspective”
Livestream

Mobility services without carbon emissions

November 6, 12:00-1:00pm
[Please register here for the zoom info, the same link every week]
Speaker: Prof. Jessika Trancik
Host: Prof. Jinhua Zhao

Prof. Trancik’s presentation will draw on concepts and models described in the following publications. 

Eddie Opara in Conversation with Eric Chang

November 5 at 7:00 pm (ET)
Part of the MIT Architecture Fall Lecture Series 2020  
“The Ahmad Tehrani Symposium”
Webcast

Gender in Planning: Moving From Research to Actual Implementation

November 2, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Guest lecture by Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, Director, UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality in Science, Technology and Innovation & Professor of Urban Planning, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Hosted by: The Data + Feminism Lab, MIT Urban Science 11-6, and the DUSP City Design and Development group

Cinema and Architectural Imagination Film Series 

October 30 at 6:00pm
“Babylon” presented by Rixt Woudstra
More info here

“Theoretical Notes on the Aesthetics of Texture Mapping” 

October 30 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm (EDT)
Hans Tursack, 2018-2021 Pietro Belluschi Research Fellow, will present this peer-reviewed paper at the Acadia Conference. Participation is free for students.
Registration here

Covid-19 and the Right to Housing 

October 30 from 9:30 to 11:00 am (EDT)
A global academic panel discussion on the report of UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing and DUSP Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal to the UN General Assembly. Read the report.
Registration here

“The Architecture of Democracy”

October 28 at 7:30 pm (EDT)
A conversation hosted by Mark Lee and Nicholas de Monchaux, with colleagues from MIT and Harvard. Colleagues and students will participate in dialogue on the profession’s role in supporting a democratic society.
Webinar registration here 

The World We Build: Equitable Technology

October 28 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm (EDT)
Conversations between Media Lab researchers and guest speakers on expanding more equitable research.
Livestream

“Eating While Black” by Ashante M. Reese, PhD

October 27 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (EDT)
A series of public lectures around living while Black. Sponsored by the MIT Media Lab and ACT.
Register here.

Department of Architecture’s Open House

October 26 from 9:00am to 12:30pm
Online information sessions allowing prospective students to learn about our Master of Architecture (MArch) and Master of Science (Architecture Studies, SMArchS; Art, Culture and Technology, SMACT; Building Technology, SMBT) programs.
Information and registration here

Charles Davis II

October 22 at 6:00pm
Charles Davis II is an Assistant Professor of Architecture History and Criticism at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He will be presenting Black Material Culture in the Round with the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art program

MIT Volpe Redevelopment Project Community Meeting

October 21 from 7:00 to 8:30pm
MIT is hosting a virtual community meeting on this new initiative in Kendall Square. 
Information and registration.

10ers Shaping the Future  

October 21 – 11:30am – 12:30pm
MITArchA hosts a webinar featuring four young alums who have taken different career paths in the US and abroad. Visit here to learn more and register.

Climate Symposia: the role of research universities and MIT’s climate initiatives

October 20 from 2:30 to 4:30pm
Discussion topics will include:  how research universities can help the world deal with the climate crisis; initiatives being developed by MIT to reduce carbon emissions; and, how to get involved.
Read more and Register here.

Sleeping While Black II by Danielle L. Beatty Moody, PhD

October 20 from 2:00 to 3:00pm
A series of public lectures around living while Black. Sponsored by the MIT Media Lab and ACT.
Register here.

Data Magic and Democracy: privacy, politics, and transmedia storytelling

October 19 – 5:30 to 7:30pm

A Transmedia Storytelling Initiative event featuring Caroline A. Jones, Daniel J. Weitzner, Patricia Williams, and Ethan Zuckerman.

Join leading scholars who will address internet policy, infrastructure, and ethics as, together with MIT’s Transmedia Storytelling Initiative, we examine the role of documentary and fiction films in shaping how we think about our data. Learn more and register

Virtual Meeting of the Urban Economics Association

October 15–17 – 11:00am – 6:00pm

  • The SUL’s Juan Palacios will present the Lab’s latest COVID-19 research titled “Pandemics as Coordination Games: Evidence From a Large Scale Field Experiment in China After a Lockdown”
  • Register at the link above.

Sara Jensen Carr in conversation with Michael Murphy

October 15 at 6:00pm

Sara Jensen Carr will present her work on “Embodied Environments” in conversation with Michael Murphy of MASS Design Group & MIT Faculty John Ochsendorf and Rania Ghosn. Jensen Carr is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design and is co-leading an option studio this semester with Murphy and Professor Ochsendorf.

Co-Lab: The Future Grows in Brooklyn: How the Fight to Save Interfaith Medical Center Launched a Movement for Wellness-Based Development

October 15 at 10:30am
MIT CoLab webinar discusses the fight to save Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Hear from community leaders and others who led the fight and learn about their vision for the future to advance good health and racial equity.
Register here.

Data Refutations: Indigenous protocols and cartographic dialogue

October 13 – 12:30 to 1:30pm

Urban Science Lecture Series: Race, Data, and Equity with Margaret Pearce, discussion moderated by Catherine D’Ignazio. 
 

Thought Leader Lecture: MITIMCo and DEI

October 13 – 12:00 to 1:00pm

In this discussion, Amanda Strong, Director of Asset Management at
MITIMCo
, will share thoughts about racism in America as a Black real estate professional. The goal of this discussion is to identify privilege, and how to begin using privilege as a tool to become more aware, eliminate racism and improve social injustice in the workplace.

Register here.

Designing for Disasters Before They Happen: A focus on underserved communities

October 8 at 6:00pm
Webcast part of the MIT Architecture Fall Lecture Series 2020 with Veronica Cedillos, President and CEO, GeoHazards International

Worldwide, a stark, sobering disproportion in disaster impacts exists in low-income versus high-income communities. Over 90% of disaster fatalities occur in developing countries and natural disasters are a major driver of extreme poverty for millions around the world. And while there has long been international consensus that proactive measures are the most effective in saving lives and protecting livelihoods, the vast majority of funding and attention continues to come only after tragic events. 

GeoHazards International is addressing this problem, with the mission of ending preventable death and suffering from natural disasters in the world’s most vulnerable communities.

COVID-19 and the Future of Cities event 

October 8 – 12:40 – 1:45pm
How has COVID-19 affected cities across America? How has urban life been impacted, and what are cities doing about it? Will COVID-19 change the trajectory of the trends we have been observing, and if so, how?

Join the Sloan Public Innovation Club for a conversation between Ryan Westrom from Ford’s City Solutions team and Professor Andres Sevtsuk from DUSP, author of Street Commerce: Creating Vibrant Urban Sidewalks. Ryan and Andres will discuss research and observations on the long- and short-term impacts of COVID-19 on American cities, touching on mobility, infrastructure, and street commerce.

Register here.

Breathing While Black with Linda Villarosa

October 6 at 2:00pm
One of a series of public lectures around Black mobility and safety while living in the US. Register here.

Committing to Antiracism

October 6 at 12:00pm
Geared towards those who may be new to racial justice work, this session will provide a starting point for those ready to commit to antiracism and effect real change within their own circles of influence. Offered via Zoom by the Institute Community & Equity Office.
Register here.

Evolving Shopper Behavior and the Future of Retail

October 6 – 12:00 – 2:00pm

  • The retail industry has been in the process of rapid change caused by advances and adoption of digital technology. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of practices like social distancing, the changing face of retail is poised to accelerate even more dramatically in the next few years. These changes will cover the entire spectrum of retail activities ranging from omni-channel consumer experience to agile supply chains. 
  • Featuring MIT/CRE’s Professor Bill Wheaton and Lecturer Jen Cookke, as well as other leading experts in retail from MIT, the program will explore the critical issues and possible new scenarios of The New Retail.
  • Register at the link above for the webinar presented by the MIT ILP.

Technology, Digital & Virtual Pathways Toward a Better Built Environment

October 6 – 11:00am – 12:00pm

  • Goodwin and the MIT Center for Real Estate are excited to announce a new quarterly webinar series, The Path to Tomorrow, which will explore the impact of technology and innovation on the future of the built environment.
  • This first session features Real Estate Innovation Lab Director Dr. Andrea Chegut and the MIT/CRE’s Head of Industry Relations Steve Weikal (MSRED ‘08), along with Lisa Picard, President & CEO of Equity Office (MSRED ’95), and Giorgio Tarraf, Technology Intelligence Director at l’Atelier BNP Paribas.
  • The discussion will explore the ongoing digital transformation taking place in the real estate industry, including the powerful technologies that are enabling new business models, reinventing old ones and encouraging innovation on an unprecedented scale.
  • Register at the link above for this free.

Urban Rewilding

September 30 at 12:00pm
A panel discussion with MIT professors, environmental advocates, and local representatives to discuss the potentials, challenges, and future of urban rewilding initiatives in Cambridge, Boston, and other US cities.
Webcast

MITdesignX Open House Showcase Series

September 30 at 12:30pm
Join MITdesignX for the first of several opportunities to meet MITdesignX staff and hear from past teams. Segment #4: QUIPU
Register here

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9/17 12 PM CoLab Webinar | Advancing Racial Justice in Disruptive Moments of Change 

9/17 6 PM Derek Ham | Forming Spatial Narratives

9/18 12 PM MIT Architecture Town Hall

9/18 6 PM Film Series Discussion with Jola Idowu | Daughters of the Dust (1991)

9/21 12:30 PM BIPOC in the Built SA+P Presentation

9/21 6 PM Michael A Toler | Tangier at the Crossroads

9/21 6 PM Rania Ghosn in conversation with Elisa Iturbe | Carbon Fictions

9/24 6 PM Azra Aksamija | Unmaking Monuments


DUSP remote events

Mon Sep 14

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Getting to Know Us: lunchtime chat with Bish Sanyal

Mon Sep 14

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Career Speed Dating

Tue Sep 15

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Harvard JCHS: Could Climate Change Increase the Risk of Mold in Housing?

Tue Sep 15

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Urban Science Lecture Series: Race, Data, Equity

Wed Sep 16

12:30pm – 2:00pm

IDG Student and Faculty Meeting

Thu Sep 17

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Advancing Racial Justice in Disruptive Moments of Change

Thu Sep 17

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Degree Committees (Undergrad, MCP, PhD)

Thu Sep 17

6:30pm – 8:30pm

The Neoliberal University and Academic Feminism

Fri Sep 18

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Mobility Forum: Frontier of Mobility Research

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MIT Architecture – Fall 2020 Public Program
September 17 – December 3

The MIT Department of Architecture is proud to launch our fall 2020 online public program: a series of conversations on where we are now. We will be talking about systemic racism and approaches to support art and design in Black communities; pandemics, inclusion, and history; democracy and data; architecture, power, and democracy; designing for resilience; the refugee crisis; art and slavery and vernacularism and diplomacy in an increasingly transnational, yet divided, world.

More info about the lectures here. Unless otherwise specified, the lectures will be held online and at 6PM.

Derek Ham
Presented with the Design and Computation Group
September 17

Michael A Toler
An Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture event
September 21

Azra Akšamija
Presented with the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
September 24

Veronica Cedillos
Presented with the Building Technology Group
October 8

Sara Jensen Carr in conversation with
Michael Murphy

October 15

“Data, Magic, and Democracy”
A Transmedia Storytelling Initiative event
October 19 

Charles Davis II
Presented with the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art program
October 22

“The Architecture of Democracy”
A conversation hosted by Mark Lee and Nicholas de Monchaux, with colleagues from Harvard and MIT
October 28 at 7:30pm

Eddie Opara
The Ahmad Tehrani Symposium
November 5

Ikem Stanley Okoye
Presented with the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
November 12 

Emily Anne Williamson
An Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture event
November 16 

Walter Hood
The 26th Pietro Belluschi Lecture
November 19

Teaching Tech: The Edward and Mary Allen Lecture in Structural Design
A panel discussion featuring Bill Baker, Mohamed Ismail, Caitlin Mueller, John Ochsendorf, and Christine Theodoropoulos
November 30

The Black Reconstruction Collective
Emanuel Admassu, Germane Barnes, Sekou Cooke, J. Yolande Daniels, Felecia Davis, Mario Gooden, Walter Hood, Olalekan Jeyifous, V. Mitch McEwen, and Amanda Williams
December 3

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Advancing Racial Justice in Disruptive Moments of Change

Thursday, September 17 | Noon–1:00 p.m. EDT

Registration page

In this webinar from the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), Executive Director Dayna L. Cunningham, JD, MBA ‘04; tech innovator Christopher M. Jones, DUSP PhD ’03; and social entrepreneur Juan Constain, MCP ’18, will discuss action research and innovation from and with socially marginalized communities that holds promise for fighting multi-generational poverty and racial injustice, particularly in the wake of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement. This timely discussion will be moderated by CoLab Deputy Director Taina S. McField

CoLab was recently featured in MIT News, 3 Questions: Dayna Cunningham on urban planning’s role in racial and social justice

MITdesignX Open House Showcase Series

September 10  1:30-2:30 (EDT)
Join MITdesignX for the first of several opportunities to meet MITdesignX staff and hear from past teams.
Register here
September 10 1:30—2:30 pm (EDT)
September 16 12:30 pm
September 22 12:30 pm
September 30 12:30 pm
October 6 12:30 pm

The Changing Urban Environment

Thursday, September 10 at 11am
In this webinar, explore the latest research from across the Institute and its potential impact across industries.
Register here.

Arts on the Radar: Free student welcome event

 Thursday, September 03, 2020 7-9:30pm

More dates through September 4, 2020

 Virtual Event

Get to know the arts at MIT! Explore opportunities, resources, events, workshops, and more! All students are invited!

Put the arts on your radar! You’re invited to join us online to learn more about a range of arts-related topics, spanning the myriad opportunities for making, learning, and experiencing the arts at MIT this academic year.

There are many departments, labs, centers, and initiatives at the Institute that offer resources and support for students interested in pursuing the arts at MIT. We know that the vast number of options can be dizzying, so we’ve joined up to host a series of events to help put the arts on your radar!

Join us for virtual student art gallery tours, info sessions, arts class previews, interactive art-making, workshops on remote artistic collaboration, and more.

Schedule of Virtual Events
September 3, 2020

7-9:30pm / Info Booth/Arts Lounge

7-7:45pm / Making Music Virtually
7-7:45pm / Creating Dance Virtually

8-8:45pm / Panel: MIT Students in the Arts
8-8:45pm / ACT Maker Workshop: Making from Memory

8:45-9:30pm / Artist’s Tour of Misalignments: A Live Web Conversation
 
September 4, 2020

4-6pm / Info Booth / Arts Lounge

4-4:45 / Creating Succcessful Virtual Events

5-6pm / Artist Tour: Who Feels at Home in the Visible World
 
ACCESS EVENT SESSION LINKS AT https://arts.mit.edu/on-the-radar/

Arts on the Radar is hosted by the Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT)Music and Theater Arts (MTA)List Visual Arts Center, and Office of the Arts.

Developing Health-Centered Communities: The Intersection of Technology, Real Estate & Health

Friday, August 28, 2020 from 12 to 1pm

The second installment of our two-part webinar series with MIT PE and Harvard Medical School, Preserving Health in the Built Environment: Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population.

Professor Joe Coughlin, Director of the MIT AgeLab, will be speaking with Stanley Shaw, the Associate Dean of Executive Education at Harvard Medical School.

Register at the link above!

Sustainability in the Built Environment: Paths Towards Healthy Growth in our Urban Environment

Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 9 to 11am

This summer the MIT Center for Real Estate researchers will hold three seminars, each hosted by one of our research labs, focusing on a unique theme impacting the current built environment. This is the third seminar of the three-part series, and is presented by the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab.

The Center for Real Estate researchers and faculty will be pre-registered, but we welcome our research colleagues and partners to join us for these three virtual events. 

Register for the free webinar by filling out this form. Zoom information will be sent prior to the event.

Weekly Real Estate Development Bootcamp (Zoom link)

Friday, August 21, 2020 from 9 to 10am

Every Friday during the summer, CRE Lecturer Jen Cookke hosts her bootcamp for students.

Discussions are focused on case studies, or might feature a guest speaker talking about their current projects or career issues within the real estate and built environment industry. Students also submit cases or ideas for topics, with 10 minutes at the end for student questions and general discussion.

All SA+P students are welcome to attend!

PropTech LatAm Conference

August 14–15, 2020

Director of the MIT REI Lab Dr. Andrea Chegut is delivering a keynote presentation at the PropTech LatAm, the largest annual gathering of real estate developers, operators, investors, and technology leaders in Central and South America. More information at the link above.

Weekly Real Estate Development Bootcamp (Zoom link)

Friday, August 14, 2020 from 9 to 10pam

Every Friday during the summer, CRE Lecturer Jen Cookke hosts her bootcamp for students.

Discussions are focused on case studies, or might feature a guest speaker talking about their current projects or career issues within the real estate and built environment industry. Students also submit cases or ideas for topics, with 10 minutes at the end for student questions and general discussion.

All SA+P students are welcome to attend!

Understanding the Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions and Trade

August 13–15, 2020 starting at 8am daily

Co-chaired by MIT/CRE Faculty Director Siqi Zheng and Prof. Junfu Zhang at Clark University, the Chinese Economists Society 2020 North America Virtual Conference will feature keynote speakers from Harvard and MIT.

The conference includes nearly 30 parallel sessions and a chance to meet with editors (Journal of Regional Science; Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Urban Economics, and China Economic Review).

The program details are at the link above—if you are interested in attending, please email Binzhe Wang.

Real or Surreal: COVID-19’s Impact on Commercial Property Prices

Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 9 to 11am

This summer the MIT Center for Real Estate researchers will hold three seminars, each hosted by one of our research labs, focusing on a unique theme impacting the current built environment. This is the second seminar of the three-part series, and is presented by the Price Dynamics Platform.

The Center for Real Estate researchers and faculty will be pre-registered, but we welcome our research colleagues and partners to join us for these three virtual events. 

Register for the free webinar by filling out this form. Zoom information will be sent prior to the event.

Talk on Design Justice

Wednesday, August 12 from 2:00 to 3:15 pm

Sasha Costanza-Chock has joined MAS/ML and DUSP this year as a Research Scientist. Sasha will be giving a talk on DESIGN JUSTICEincluding comments from DUSP’s Catherine d’Ignazio and Jaleesa Trapp (PhD student, Lifelong Kindergarten) and general Q&A. Full information for this conversation is here, as well as this webcast link.

Film screening: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Thursday, July 30 at 6:00 pm

Join the MIT Architecture Community for a screening of the American documentary, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth. The film tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home. This screening is the second in a series of monthly film screenings on African American history in the US hosted by ASC and NOMAS. Learn more about the filmand join the screening.

CRE: three “virtual summer seminars”

1 – “COVID-19’s Impact on Our Wellbeing in Cities with five papers will be held on the coming Friday, July 31st, starting at 9 am EST. The five presenters are (each paper has 30 minutes):

  • Bill Wheaton, “The Geography of COVID-19 Growth in the US: Counties and Metropolitan Areas”
  • Jinhua Zhao and Baichuan Mo, “Modeling Epidemic Spreading through Public Transit using Time-Varying Encounter Network”
  • Mariana Arcaya, “Housing and COVID-19 Infection in Massachusetts”
  • Juan Palacios, “Returning back to Streets in the Aftermath of COVID: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trail Experiment”
  • Siqi Zheng, “Clean Air as an Experience Good: Short-run and Medium-run Air Pollution Dynamics in the Post-COVID Era”

2 – Real or Surreal: Covid-19’s Impact on Commercial Property Prices, presented by the Price Dynamics Platform on August 13th, 2020, starting at 9am EST.

3 – Sustainability in the Built Environment: Paths Towards Healthy Growth in our Urban Environment, presented by the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab on August 27th, 2020, starting at 9am EST.

Please save the dates, and to register please head to this link and fill out this simple form. Prior to the event, we will send you Zoom information and passwords. More detailed programs on papers and authors are on the popster below.

Living, learning and working after Covid-19 

Thursday, August 6  from 6:00 to 7:00pm 
Webinar sponsored by MIT Architecture Alumni (MITArchA) 
Register here

FABxLive

From Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31, 2020
Members in more than 2,000 Fab Labs around the world will connect and discuss solutions to our world’s challenges in the wake of the pandemic. Learn more and register here.

SA+P Metropolitan Warehouse Project Town Hall 

Wednesday, July 29 from 5:00 to 6:30pm

https://mit.zoom.us/j/94842983824?pwd=TGlVZ3FxNFlUUS9hbW5Rbmkyc0RoUT09

It is time to update the SA+P community on what the Metropolitan Warehouse project team has been working on since we last met.  You are invited to attend and participate in a Town Hall meeting for School faculty, students, and staff.

We will have introductory remarks by Dean Hashim Sarkis, a brief presentation by our project manager, Nicole Bernabei, on schedule and upcoming phases, and then a full presentation by our architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the updated conceptual design.    We will end with a question and answer session.  Full agenda to follow.

Day of Dialogue – a day of dialogue, a lifetime of learning

Wednesday, August 5 from 9:00am to 5:30pm

Registration and program details will be available July 27.

We all approach this moment and this work from different backgrounds, with different levels of awareness and different needs. The day’s program is designed to be valuable for everyone, whatever your identity or lived experience may be; racism is pervasive in our society and affects us all.

Through a broad menu of speakers and interactive sessions, the Day of Dialogue will offer opportunities to learn from national experts, ask questions, build skills for personal action, make new connections, share personal experiences and listen thoughtfully to one another with open minds and open hearts.  

Architecture midsummer town hall

Monday, July 20, at 5:30pm

An important opportunity to discuss issues of concern and interest to all. 

HackMIT 2020

Registration for HackMIT 2020 is now open at http://my.hackmit.org!

HackMIT is a weekend-long event where thousands of students form around the world come together to work on new software and/or hardware projects.

The first round of registration closes on July 24th at 12pm, and the final deadline is August 7th.

MIT Center for Real Estate’s Virtual Summer Seminar Series

This summer the MIT Center for Real Estate researchers will hold a Virtual Summer Seminar Series. There will be three seminars, each hosted by one of our research labs here in the Center, with each seminar focusing on a unique theme impacting the current built environment. The themes range from Covid-19’s impact on cities to its dynamic shift in changing commercial property prices, and to even how we can advance in Covid-19’s aftermath through sustainable growth and development in our cities. We have developed these seminar themes with the intent of engaging our community for insights in these challenging times.

The seminars’ details are as follows:

  • Covid-19 & Cities: Covid-19’s Impact on our Wellbeing in Cities, presented by the Sustainable Urbanization Lab on July 31st, 2020, starting at 9am EST.
  • Real or Surreal: Covid-19’s Impact on Commercial Property Prices, presented by the Price Dynamics Platform on August 13th, 2020, starting at 9am EST.
  • Sustainability in the Built Environment: Paths Towards Healthy Growth in our Urban Environment, presented by the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab on August 27th, 2020, starting at 9am EST.

We welcome you to join us for these three events. The Center for Real Estate researchers and faculty will be pre-registered, but we welcome our research colleagues and partners to join us in these three virtual events. Please save the dates, and to register please head to this link and fill out this simple form. Prior to the event, we will send you Zoom information and passwords.

SDG 7 webinar: Affordable and Clean Energy

Wednesday, 22 July 10:00-11:30am EDT / 16:00-17:30 CEST

Energy is recognized as a key enabler for sustainable development, and the transition toward clean and sustainable sources of energy is regarded as one of the greatest challenges in the upcoming decades. Space technology such as Earth observation and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) offer insights into locations of renewable energy infrastructure, forecast environmental impacts of energy use, and support timing and synchronization of energy fields.

Join the SDG 7 webinar to learn how space technologies are playing a critical role in developing solutions for universal access to energy, improvements in energy efficiency, and increased share of renewable energy.

Register here.

It Takes a Village to Make a City: Why We Need Equity in Urban Planning

Friday, July 17, 2020 at 9:30 am

Join MassINC and the WGBH Network Forum for our next TTOD Talk, a dynamic conversation on the urgency of community-centric planning – and how to implement it.
*   WGBH Reporter Bob Seay      
*   MassINC’s Dr. Tracy Corley      
*   City of Providence Director of Sustainability Leah Bamberger      
*   128 Business Council’s Monica Tibbits-Nutt;      
*   Providence Racial and Environmental Justice (REJC) Committee Operations Director Pol Tavares

    Register “Planning for Equity”
Powerful Pathways, Powerful Talks series

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 – 5:30 to 7:00pm

DUSP PhD alumna Lily Song (PhD ’12), now on the faculty at Harvard GSD, will be a panelist in a “Planning for Equity” discussion next Wednesday eve.  This is the second in the “Powerful Pathways, Powerful Talks” summer talk series, organized by Powerful Pathways, a local public-interest consultancy rooted in social practice.

Register HERE.

Lecture by Zach Lieberman (MIT Media Lab)

Friday, July 17, 2020 at 3pm

Zachary Lieberman is an artist, researcher and educator with a simple goal: he wants you surprised. He creates performances and installations that take human gesture as input and amplifies it in different ways—making drawings come to life, imagining what the voice would look like, transforming silhouettes into music. He’s been listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People, and has been awarded the Golden Nica from Ars Electronica, Interactive Design of the Year from Design Museum London, as well as listed in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of the Year. He creates artwork through writing software and is a co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding and helped co-found the School for Poetic Computation, a school examining the lyrical possibilities of code.    He also helps run the Future Sketches group at MIT Media Lab.

Zoom Link: https://kpf.zoom.us/j/95967549474

Faculty Forum Online: Beyond the Driverless Car

Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 3pm

Join Anthony Townsend PhD ’03 and Carlo Ratti, director of the MIT Senseable City Lab, for a discussion of how cities and urban innovation are poised to change in the years ahead with the advance of driverless vehicles.

MITdesignX Challenge: Design Innovation for a Post Pandemic World

Please click here to learn more about what we are looking for, who can apply and the benefits to the winners. Deadline to submit applications is July 2.

Final Coffee & Transit session for the season.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 3:30 to 4:30pm

The link to join the discussion is here.

We will try to wrap things up and have a spirited discussion focused on the topics we have explored, particularly how to reimagine transit and urban life in a post-COVID world.  Below is a power point used last week on a webinar sponsored by BRT+ Center of Excellence for Bus Rapid Transit Studies in Santiago, Chile.

Also this link is an interesting read:

MIT WORLD REAL ESTATE FORUM GOES VIRTUAL!

Tuesday, July 14 to 16, 2020

Please click here for registration, agenda, speakers,etc.

By Air, Land and Sea: insights on transportation during the Covid-19 crisis

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from 12 to 1pm

Where: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/by-air-land-and-sea-insights-on-transportation-during-the-covid-19-crisis-tickets-107254739814 (map)

Description: we will discuss the global impact that COVID-19 has on transportation and the way forward. The moderator will be Cathy Wu, Gilbert W. Winslow Career Development Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT. Our guest speakers will be: Nicole Adler, Professor of Operations Research, Hebrew University, Roni Floman, VP of Marketing, Optibus Omer Primor, Head of Marketing, Windward Amy Vogel, MIT Civil and Environmental Major Class of 2020 and MISTI MIT-Alumnae

Nithya Raman, LA City Council Candidate in conversation with Cindy Wu, Executive Director, LISC-Bay Area

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 5:30pm (pacific) / 8:30pm (eastern)

Nithya Raman — who’s running an impressive campaign for City Council in LA, is engaging in conversation with another of the DUSP cohort, Cindy Wu, who’s currently running LISC-Bay Area after a range of impressive accomplishments in affordable housing and community development in San Francisco. Focus on local races and helping to get an ambitious new generation of leadership — led by women of color, obviously — into positions of influence in our cities.

For more information or to RSVP: contact@nithyaforthecity.com

To donate to Nithya’s campaign, click here.

Join the Zoom meeting here.

New Scarf Competition deadline

Monday, July 13, 2020

Scarf Competition

In sympathy with recent events, we would like to extend the deadline for the departmental scarf competition by another two weeks to give those who were busy a chance to work on and submit their artwork. For those of you who have already submitted – a big thank you – and you are more than welcome to tinker on your designs for a little longer and resubmit. 

For those who missed the first few announcements, this is a competition open to all students and staff in the department of architecture (BT, Computation, HTC, ACT, and Architecture & Urbanism). The idea is (individually or in teams) to produce a design for a 16 x 72″ silk scarf that is your interpretation of what it means to belong to MIT’s Department of Architecture. The winning design will be printed on silk and available to order at a discounted rate! There will be MUJI prizes for winning teams and runners up. The competition itself is sponsored by the lovely people over at the Office of Graduate Education via the Grad Student Life Grants, and is taking place in conjunction with the ASC. 

Penultimate “Coffee & Transit”

Tuesday, June 23 from 3:30 to 4:30pm

Guest speaker: the Chairman of the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB), Joseph Aiello.  Joe has led the MBTA’s governing board since its creation in 2015.  He has guided the T following the infamous 2015 winter meltdown, and now through the COVID-19 pandemic.  He is a nationally recognized leader in transit system operations and was formerly the North America CEO for Meridiam Infrastructure, an investment management firm specializing in public/private partnerships. No readings for this week – hope to see you tomorrow.  Zoom link here.

Hello World

LAUNCH: Saturday, June 20 at 11:00am

ACT is proud to be a host site for Hello World, a new international project presented by the TransCultural Exchange to encourage international exchange among artists, showcasing works to new audiences and fostering dialog among peoples of different cultures – without anyone having to leave their homes.
Please join us in this simple, but powerful gesture of global solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic, a greeting to/from our colleagues around the world.

Dean Sarkis Joins United Nation’s 75th Anniversary Panel Discussion

Thursday, June 11 at 11:00am

Rising Waters / Resilient Cultures brings together leading
voices from the world of art, architecture and the UN to explore
cultural resilience and the need for innovation and imagination in the face of rising sea levels and the global climate emergency.
The discussion will be moderated by UNESCO’s Assist Director-
General for Culture, Ernesto Ottone.

Further details and livestream available via YouTube


MIT World Real Estate Forum >>goes virtual!<<

Week of July 13, 2020

Agenda and registration pages coming soon.


Personal WellBeing Workshops:

Mindfulness Foundations
Tuesday, June 16 | 9:30-11:00am
Presenter: Elli Weisbaum, M.E.S., Ph.D. Candidate; Mindfulness Practitioner, Instructor, and Researcher
In this introductory session, we will explore the foundations of mindfulness and how it can be applied to our daily lives to increase our ability to focus, innovate, combat burnout, and reduce anxiety and stress. We will examine what is behind the increasing popularity of mindfulness across key sectors of society, including its implementation at Fortune 100 companies such as Google and Ford. This session will combine an exploration of the mind through neuroscience research and hands-on practical activities that participants can use to support their personal and professional wellbeing.

Register
 
Mindfulness for Your Daily Life: Exploring Practical Activities to Build Resiliency and Self-Awareness (A Six-Part Series)
Fridays | 9:30-10:30am
Presenter: Elli Weisbaum, M.E.S., Ph.D. Candidate; Mindfulness Practitioner, Instructor, and Researcher
During this six-part workshop series, we will focus on experiential activities for practical daily application. Participants will learn about the neuroscience research that supports the many benefits of mindfulness, along with a wide range of practices aimed at building mental fitness based on personal needs and interests.
While we encourage you to attend all sessions, you may register for as many as your schedule allows.

  • June 19: Attending to perfectionism 
  • June 26: Cultivating joy and happiness 
  • July 10: Mindfulness for conflict management 
  • July 17: Enhancing cognitive efficacy 
  • July 24: Effective and skillful communication 
  • July 31: Approaches for coping with our “new normal” 

Register

Coping and Caring for Yourself During Quarantine
Tuesday, June 23 | 9:30-10:30am
Presenter: Vienna Rothberg, M.S.W., M.P.H.; Program Manager, Pleasure@MIT
These are difficult times, but you are not alone. Prioritizing your physical, mental, and social health is not just important, but critical. During this interactive webinar, geared towards those isolating alone or with roommates, we will identify strategies for:

  • Building closeness and community while maintaining physical distance 
  • Setting healthy personal boundaries 
  • Developing self-efficacy and stronger self-worth 

Register

Nurturing Your Relationships: Building Connection During Quarantine
Tuesday, June 30 | 9:30-10:30am
Presenter: Vienna Rothberg, M.S.W., M.P.H.; Program Manager, Pleasure@MIT
Isolating with family can be a blessing, but at times, can also test even the most functional of relationships. Whether you are finding yourself more distant or more connected with your partner, this interactive webinar will help us all consider the role close relationships play in our personal health and wellbeing. We will identify strategies for: 

  • Building closeness with your partner 
  • Setting healthy boundaries with your partner 
  • Maintaining intimacy and respect during stressful times 

This session is geared toward those in long-term romantic relationships; however, content may be relevant for all close relationships.

Register

Parenting Workshops:

Re-Think Screen Time: The New Normal
Tuesday, June 9 | 12:00-1:00pm
Presenter: Aaron Weintraub, M.S.; Parenting Teacher and Coach, Peace at Home Parenting Solutions
Digital learning and working are now essential to progress for both adults and children. Parents are struggling to think in new ways about many everyday activities, and that includes the use of screen time for kids. Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize what is important about what research does and doesn’t say about screen time for children
  • Apply strategies to thoughtfully weigh the risks and benefits of screen time 
  • Identify a new way of thinking about how often, and in what ways, we interact with our devices
  • Recognize signs that your child is struggling with digital addiction 
  • Recognize your role as a model for healthy behavior patterns 
  • Develop healthy routines for interacting with technology 

Register

Build an Extraordinary Relationship with Your Teen through Everyday Conversations
Wednesday, June 17 | 12:00-1:00pm
Presenter: Amy Alamar, Ed.D.; Parenting Teacher and Coach, Peace at Home Parenting Solutions
Raising healthy children with an ability to sustain meaningful relationships is a challenge even in the most ideal situations. Add on hormones, attitude, personality, technology and shelter-in-place – welcome to the tween and teen years! Dr. Amy Alamar will lead this interactive webinar, which will include a conversation about parenting the independent, emerging adult while still nurturing the playful child within.
We will talk specifically about building relationships during this very unpredictable time. You will have the opportunity to explore making stronger connections through conversation and confrontation, in the context of real-life situations. Participants will be able to:

  • Initiate and maintain an open dialogue 
  • Support your child’s social life 
  • Broach the difficult subjects 
  • Develop an authentic and honest relationship with your child 

Register


Scarf Design Competition

What does MIT Architecture represent to you? Design a 16″ x 72″ silk scarf (10800px x 2400px) via wet transfer and send it to ebdy@mit.edu. The competition is open to all within the Department of Architecture. Deadline is June 22. 


MIT’s Largest Virtual Zumba Class 

Tuesday, June 9 from 6:00 to 7:00pm

Instructors: Fen, Sandra & Liz
Zoom
Register FREE Here


Virtual Celebration for James Wescoat

Wednesday, June 3 at 5:00pm

Please join AKPIA to celebrate James Wescoat tenure and wish him farewell in his retirement.  

The zoom link is  https://mit.zoom.us/j/94792964361.

If you wish to speak to honor Jim, please e-mail Jose Luis Arguello at jlar@mit.edu. We will be able to accommodate 10 speakers only and each will have 3 minutes.  Please make sure that you do not exceed your allotted time so that we can give the chance to everyone.

Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT


Open Ocean Seminar: Tara Roberts

Monday, June 1 from 11:30am to 12:30pm

Tara Roberts will share her journey following a group of black scuba divers as they help search for and document slave shipwrecks around the world. Read More.

Live Stream Here.


MIT Commencement

Friday, May 29 from 12:00 to 3:00pm

Schedule:

  • Noon–1 pm EDT: Pre-program show
  • 1–2 pm EDT: Online Commencement Program and Degree Conferral
  • 2–3 pm EDT: Welcome into the MIT Alumni Association, scroll of graduates’ names, and post-program show

More on the MIT Commencement page


Tracking Epidemics in Cities: Urban environments and the insights they provide into disease

Friday, May 29 from 9:00 to 9:30am

The Senseable City Lab has studied the ways we can use the data produced by urban systems such as sewage and cellphone networks to investigate health in our cities. Join scientists from the Lab and the company Biobot as they discuss how wastewater analysis and cell phone communication patterns can inform epidemiological studies, detecting and preventing outbreaks.


Celebrate the 2020 graduates of the Media Arts and Sciences Program! 

Thursday, May 28 at 2:00pm

The schedule and link to participate in our virtual commencement celebration will be sent early next week. We hope you will join us in celebrating our MAS graduates and their accomplishments!


Architecture Department: End-of-year celebration and awards ceremony

Thursday, May 28 at 1:00pm

You are invited! Join the MIT Architecture community for a special virtual event to honor our 2019-20 graduates and celebrate the end of the academic year. We will come together to support students who are graduating, as well as receiving awards for academic excellence, leadership, and other achievements—presented by some of our favorite faculty. Celebrate with family and friends as we honor our community’s creativity, spirit, and resilience. Learn more and register.


DUSP Commencement Celebration

Thursday, May 28 at 11am

DUSP will hold a virtual Commencement Celebration for graduating students (Sept. ’19, Feb. ’20, June ’20, and expecting Sept. ’20) and your families, friends, faculty & staff. 
CEREMONY WEBINAR
https://mit.zoom.us/j/97418965556?pwd=bTJDVkpPUWU1S3JrWEZ1d3pxL2hXUT09
Password: DUSP
Music, speeches, and awards at 11am (edt)
Feel free to join a little bit before the ceremony start to see a slideshow from graduating students’ adventures from their years in DUSP! 

CITY RECEPTION ROOMS
Password to all reception rooms: DUSP
Mix & Mingle with one another (from afar) at 12:00pm (edt)! Since we’ll have so many people and it’s hard to coordinate talk over zoom rooms, we’ve set up multiple rooms (CITIES) so you can jump around, find your friends, faculty members, and staff to give virtual high fives and congrats! 
A special note: if you want to join in the Cambridge room first, we’ll have a special musical interlude by our very own Toni Moya-Latorre! 
Amsterdamhttps://mit.zoom.us/j/95622507122?pwd=OXVhMWk3SmdOWFBWaEVwOExXdHBqUT09
Beijinghttps://mit.zoom.us/j/99898229932
*Cambridge*https://mit.zoom.us/j/94353516899?pwd=eGt6L2R4b1g0emlWWkVVUGRwSEtXQT09
Londonhttps://mit.zoom.us/j/8609704204
Mexico Cityhttps://mit.zoom.us/j/91788289958?pwd=V3lLNm1jV1dPWkI2Mi9tU1NacTBOQT09
Nairobihttps://mit.zoom.us/j/99048595251?pwd=WVBaSnd3M3poQVppYTI2MkhEQ2pqUT09
Romehttps://mit.zoom.us/j/8267776847
Tokyohttps://mit.zoom.us/j/92452116016?pwd=YkV4ZG9oSzdsWXJvc2FKTEtqeEYvUT09

We look forward to celebrating this virtual momentous occasion with you! Although we all wish we could be together in person, we’ll do our best to make this  fun, celebratory, and meaningful!  


2020 Annual AREUEA Conference (delivered virtually)

Thursday, May 28 from 11:35am to 1:15pm

Alex van de Minne (MIT/CRE’s former research scientist and current research affiliate) and Simon Buechler (former visiting Ph.D. student and incoming postdoc fellow) will be presenting in the 11:35–1:15 p.m. session titled Redevelopment Option Value for Commercial Real Estate. Alex and Simon both worked directly with Professor David Geltner doing research for the Price Dynamics Platform.

Full agenda
Register by May 27 at 11:59pm


Open Ocean Seminar: Dr. Grace Young

Wednesday, May 27 from 11:30am to 12:30pm

An avid sailor, diver, and National Geographic explorer, Dr. Grace Young is passionate about developing technologies to help better under… Read more.

Live Stream Here


MITdesignX Pitch Day

Tuesday, May 26 from 3:00 to 5:30pm EDT

This year include both for-profit and not-for-profit ventures that will impact people, communities, cities and environments across the globe.
Ventures range from tools and infrastructure for new learning environments to a public art management platform, scalable solutions for flood zone mitigation, urban heat islands, mobility and housing accessibility, and new tools for construction procurement and shared resources.

Please register here (Individual registrations are required)

In addition to seeing exciting pitches, the online audience will also be able to participate in Q+A and vote for team awards totaling $10,000.


SPURS/Humphrey Commencement

Friday, May 22 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Please join us via Zoom at the SPURS Graduation,
Password: 705065

or

US : +1 646 558 8656 (New York) or +1 669 900 6833 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 997 0825 1827
Password: 705065


Weekly Coffee & Transit hour

Tuesday, May 19 from 3:30 to 4:30pm

The link is Here.

Below please find some readings that may inform the discussion.  Feel free to bring your own to the table. In part tomorrow we will be discussing more of Cathy’s work and I believe Rounaq was going to make a presentation.

(see especially slides 21 & 22)

https://quillette.com/2020/05/14/towards-a-better-urbanism/

For more information, contact Jim Aloisi: jaloisi@mit.edu


Data Feminism online colloquium

Thursday, April 16 from 5:00 to 6:30pm

As data are increasingly mobilized in the service of global corporations, governments, and elite institutions, their unequal conditions of production, their inequitable impacts, and their asymmetrical silences become increasingly more apparent.

It is precisely this power that makes it worth asking:“Data science by whom? For whom? In whose interest? Informed bywhose values?” And most important, “How do we begin to imagine alternatives for data’s collection, analysis, and communication?”


Community Wellness at MIT


MIT @ 2:50 — A shared daily moment of quiet reflection

Sit with us for ten minutes at 2:50pm, let’s stop and take a deep breath together

  • Because ongoing stress and anxiety can lower immune response.
  • Because social distancing can cause feelings of isolation and negativity.
  • And because probably nothing on your plate cannot wait for ten minutes.

Details

  • When: Every day at 2:50 pm EDT for ten minutes of quiet reflection to combat negativity.
  • How: Join in from your computer, phone or connected device. Please do not join the audio.
  • Who: Everyone in the greater MIT community is invited to attend.