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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.