Civil Engineering News
The `Great Rent Wars' of New York
In 1920, a Bronx district court judge named William E. Morris heard a series of cases that aroused his ire. Morris was a tough Army veteran: While serving under Gen. George Custer in 1876, he had survived wounds at the infamous Battle of Little Bighorn. But decades later, these cases kept getting un...
Telecommunications data show civic dividing lines in major countries
Many residents of Britain, Italy, and Belgium imagine there to be a kind of north-south divide in their countries, marking a barrier between different social groups and regional characteristics. Now a new study by MIT researchers reveals that such divides can be seen in the patterns of communication...
Mapping the New York fashion scene, minute by minute
A new study shows New York fashion designers don't just flock to trends: They also do nearly all their business within the confines of the city's historic Garment District.Study co-authors Sarah Williams of MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Elizabeth Currid-Halkett of the University...
3 Questions: JoAnn Carmin on helping cities plan for climate change
Because cities hold a growing portion of the world's population, they are an increasingly important locus of planning for climate change. JoAnn Carmin, an associate professor in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has surveyed urban leaders worldwide on the subject. Now, in a new report ...
Social media's `law' of short messages
In the last year or two, you may have had some moments - during elections, sporting events, or weather incidents - when you found yourself sending out a flurry of messages on social media sites such as Twitter. You are not alone, of course: Such events generate a huge volume of social-media activity...
Conference to explore new approaches to urban infrastructure
On April 10-11, the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) will bring together political leaders, infrastructural engineers, design professionals, and academics to explore how to shape sustainable infrastructural futures for cities around the world. Keynote speaker for the 2014 Scaling Infrastructur...
MIT responds to Typhoon Haiyan
On Nov. 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. Winds reaching nearly 200 mph battered the city of Tacloban and the surrounding areas, creating 16-foot waves that swept away homes, people, and livelihoods. It quickly became the country's deadliest natural disaster on record: More t...
Beneath the skyline
Cities face much of the burden of preparing for global changes - whether climate shocks, rapid population growth, or population decline, when industries relocate. Beneath every skyline, a city's leaders and residents must judge how much infrastructure they will need to move people around, resis...
A new approach to development in Latin America
Alba Medina Flores, a graduate student studying real estate development in the MIT Center for Real Estate, is putting together a business plan to challenge the traditional approach to real estate development in Latin America - which focuses primarily on short-term profits with little consideration f...
Barriers to opportunity
How much does your neighborhood determine your life chances? Sociologist and urban planner Xavier de Souza Briggs recently completed a 20-year social experiment on ghetto poverty that asked: If people in high-poverty, high-risk areas of the inner city moved to low-poverty areas, would their lives ch...
Letter from Rochester: Attempting a Reboot
Sibley''s, Rochester, New York, The Architectural TeamThe renovation and adaptive reuse of a historic department store building is just one of many projects that are a collective attempt to revitalize the upstate New York city.
Johnston Marklee Designs New Buildings for The Menil Collection
Museum to add a $40-million Drawing Institute and an energy-efficient power plant to its Houston campus.
Exhibition Review: François Halard
A photographer best known for shooting fashionable interiors takes a sidelong glance at architecture.
Community Forum Questions Crop of Tall Buildings Around Central Park
A public discussion raised concerns about apartment towers rising around the famed New York City green space.
2013 Holland Prize Winner Announced
A drawing of a 19th-century bridge in Connecticut by New York architect Morgen Fleisig is the 2013 Holland Prize winner, the Library of Congress and National Park Service announced.
Park Avenue Armory to Become Rafael Viñoly’s Laboratory
Installed inside the 55,000-square-foot drill hall, the Spring Masters art fair will feature an exhibition scheme by Rafael Vi?oly that challenges the status-quo rectangular grids.
One Small Move
An engineer suggests that the Museum of Modern Art could move the American Folk Art Museum building, rather than raze it to make room for its expansion.
Under Construction: A Creatively Contrarian Addition
To adapt to a rapidly changing context, Andrew Berman updates a New York art space's historic building, originally renovated by Maya Lin.
Newsmaker: Rafael Viñoly
For Rafael Vi?oly, running large offices in London and New York sometimes means putting out fires.
Morphosis’s Emerson College Los Angeles Building Set to Open in March
The project gives the Boston-based communications and arts school a permanent home on the west coast.