learning + teaching
banking and finance
neural interfacing and control
internet of things
natural language processing
sports and fitness
Reimagining human cooperation in the age of social media and artificial intelligence
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
Designing for, with, and by nature
Ancient textiles have played a major role in the social, economic, and religious structures of communities around the world. Iconic, indige…
In Dezeen, learn more about Butlr, a spinoff co-founded by former Labbers Honghao Deng and Jiani Zeng.
The Digital Construction Platform (DCP) is an experimental enabling technology for large-scale digital manufacturing. In contrast to the ty…
Ariel Ekblaw talks about the TESSERAE project, which was tested on the Space Station during the recent Axiom Space AX-1 mission.
The environmental conditions of prolonged spaceflight pose significant psychological risks for astronauts. In particular, crews of future …
Spanning from the early Musical Telegraph and Electronic Sackbut, to the late EMS Synthi AKS and Moog Synthesizers, electronic music and mu…
The TESSERAE project, a design for self-assembling space structures and habitats, has sent prototypes to the International Space Station.
With(in) is a multi-stage project that includes an exhibit, installation, qualitative exploration, and visual storytelling.This is a s…
How will new mobility patterns shape the built environment?
Ariel Ekblaw talks about leading the Space Exploration Initiative, self-assembling space architecture, science fiction, + long-term thinking
Article by cinematographer and visual artist Sean Webley
How do new mobility patterns interfere relationships?
Prototyping and testing space of Two Mobility Futures 0∞.
Optically transparent and structurally sound, glass has played a significant role in the evolution of product and architectural design acro…
The Wanderers were unveiled as part of the exhibition: ‘The Sixth Element: Exploring the Natural Beauty of 3D Printing' on display a…
Gemini—an acoustical “twin chaise"—spans multiple scales of the human existence extending from the warmth of the womb to the stretches of…
Biodiversity on planet Earth is under momentous threat, with extinction rates estimated between 100 and 1,000 times their pre-human level. …
Self-reconfiguring ElectroVoxels use embedded electromagnets to test applications for space exploration.
Spinoff Ori, co-founded by alum Hasier Larrea, has announced an agreement to partner with Marriott Hotels’ Design Lab.
The Power of WITHOUT is a research theme in the City Science group. The theme proposes that heavy infrastructure solutions are not financia…
The superpose installation mediates continuously changing wave phenomena within a space that are visible, audible, and react to the presenc…
Gravity Proof is a performance and mission to prepare and cook bread in space. Inspired by ancient recipes and archaeological bread re…
Life Beyond Earth is a multidisciplinary project that explores advanced space architecture concepts to enable humankind to live on the Moon.
Our journeys off-world have taught us just as much about humanity as the harsh environment of space. For the past 20 years, we have had a c…
We have developed tightly coupled sensor network that tries to mimic some of the sensory characteristics of a natural skin. Developed in a …
Wicaksono, I.*, Cherston, J.*, & Paradiso, J. A. (2021). Electronic Textile Gaia: Ubiquitous Computational Substrates Across Geometric Scales. IEEE Pervasive Computing.
Living in space could have significant physical and mental impacts on astronauts. Wearables have the potential to play a critical role in m…
The Space Exploration Initiative supports research across and beyond MIT in two microgravity flights this spring.
Ariel Ekblaw spoke at the Chautauqua Institution about her novel space architecture ideas and a call for more dialogue on space ethics.
Description: Designed for grant proposal and research publication student writers, this course presents a general overview as well as …
The projects on board the Media Lab's first suborbital rocket flight
This mission included participation from several departments at MIT and outside collaborators from across the globe.
Programmable Water-Based Biocomposites for Digital Design and Fabrication across ScalesAguahoja is an exploration of nature’s design space.…
Advincula, Larson 2021. With(in): Three women, three informal settlements, and the rituals of the meal as a microcosm of urban life.
What are radically sustainable methods for knitting, making and building in the age of the Anthropocene? How can humankind and members of o…
Maiden Flight is an autonomous biological laboratory environment designed for studying the impact of space flight on the sole reproductive …
FIBERBOTS is a digital fabrication platform fusing cooperative robotic manufacturing with abilities to generate highly sophisticated materi…
This research presents water-based robotic fabrication as a design approach and enabling technology for additive manufacturing (AM) of biod…
The Digital Construction Environment is the first architectural-scale structure fabricated with the Digital Construction Platform (DCP). U…
The Silk Pavilion explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication on product and architectural scales.The primary st…
How can we design relationships between the most primitive and the most sophisticated life forms? Can we design wearables embedded with s…
The Digital Construction Platform (DCP) is an in-progress research project consisting of a compound robotic arm system. The system comprise…
Gihan, Eva, and MamaG's homes.
It’s easy to spot Eva as she makes her way through the dusty streets of Lomas. Her big blond hair, military boots and bold clothes, often s…
Gihan moved to Ezbet Khairallah not long ago. Escaping from an abusive marriage, she bravely left home in upper Egypt with her three kids —…
With(in)captured a fragment of Eva, Gihan, MamaG and their communities’ stories. The nature of this work poses challenges for retelling the…
A new masterclass video series from the Norman Foster Foundation features leading experts in the fields of architecture, urbanism, and more.
The 17th International Architecture Exhibition, “How will we live together?" includes work from the City Science research group.
The Space Exploration Initiative and Space Enabled research group are participating in this year's Virtual MIT Space Week.
Resilience Across Scales is a research theme that encompasses the work of a few Media Lab Principal Investigators and their research groups…
As bikes navigate city streets after dark, they are often equipped with lights. The lights make the bikes visible to cars or other bikers, …
How radical new collaborations will catalyze a revolution in health.
The Moral Machine is a platform for gathering a human perspective on moral decisions made by machine intelligence, such as self-driving car…
"How can architects/urban developers use technology to foster the human/nature connection and improve our lives?"
Auto-inflatables explores the design space of self-inflating structures. By using chemical reactions as a source of carbon dioxide on-deman…
The Mediated Atmosphere project envisions a smart office that is capable of dynamically transforming itself to enhance occupants' work expe…
Virtual CityScope Champs-Élysées is an interactive and immersive platform that explores the future of Paris’ most important street.
Aguahoja—a winner of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards—rethinks the paradigm of recycling.
"We, as architects of the built environment, are entering an era where we’re designing for survival.”