Tag: MIT

New book delivers manifesto for designing cities

According to MIT professor Brent D. Ryan, designers, developers, and city officials continue to think of urban design as little more than massive building projects that more closely resemble art for art’s sake than design for people’s sake.

MIT students fortify concrete by adding irradiated recycled plastic

Discarded plastic bottles could one day be used to build stronger, more flexible concrete structures, from sidewalks and street barriers, to buildings and bridges, according to a new study. MIT undergraduate students have found that, by exposing plastic flakes to small, harmless doses of gamma radiation, then pulverizing the flakes into a fine powder, they can mix the plastic with cement paste to produce concrete that is up to 20 percent stronger than conventional concrete.

A new way to detect leaks in pipes

Researchers at MIT and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia have devised a robotic system that can detect leaks at a rapid pace and with high accuracy.

MIT study: Climate change to deplete some U.S. water basins

A new study by MIT climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation.

MIT study: Urban traffic much worse without HOV policies

Cities plagued with terrible traffic problems may be overlooking a simple, low-cost solution: High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) policies that encourage carpooling can reduce traffic drastically, according to a new study co-authored by MIT economists.

Firms, organizations issue statements on Trump Administration’s Paris Climate Accord decision

Following the June 1 announcement from President Donald Trump that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord a number of engineering firms, building groups, and higher education organizations issued press releases offering their responses.

3-D printing offers new approach to making buildings

MIT researchers are expanding the list of materials that can be produced by 3D printing with the design of a system that can 3D print the basic structure of an entire building.

With new MIT model, buildings may ‘sense’ internal damage

Researchers at MIT have developed a computational model that makes sense of ambient vibrations, picking out key features in the noise that give indications of a building’s stability.

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