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The MIT Morningside Academy for Design

Making Sustainable Design,
From the Classroom to the World
April 26 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm

at MIT Museum – Exchange Room, Gambrill Center, 314 Main St, Cambridge, MA 021



Making Sustainable Design, From the Classroom to the World presents three dialogues, focused on how design addresses different dimensions of sustainability. These range from the design of solar-powered vehicles, to the definition of analytical and sensing mechanisms to improve thermal performance, to the elaboration of energy-efficient systems to cook. The event will show how sustainable design solutions are possible for every scale and context, and how these solutions can transition from academic experimentation research to real-world implementation.


The MIT Morningside Academy for Design (MAD) is the newly created design hub at MIT. MAD’s central goal is to use design tools to transform learning, catalyze innovation, and empower society, thus bridging between the powerful design agendas underlying many academic works, and real world’s most pressing challenges.

This contribution to the Boston Design Week visualizes MAD and MIT’s commitment to finding sustainable design solutions for a planet subjected to multiple environmental and climatic crises. Taking place on April 26, the dialogue will complement the many activities programmed around Earth Day in the  Boston area.

Our dialogues will feature three main topics: the prototypes of solar-powered vehicles elaborated at MIT Edgerton Center, the work of Norhan Bayomi, founder of Lamarr.AI and Urban Data Analytics, on sustainable construction solutions, and the designs conceived by MIT D-Lab to reduce the environmental repercussions of food preparation on contexts reliant on the use of biomass. The designs presented share the same desire to identify the most apt environmental solutions for a particular geographic context, using  the most appropriate technological means.

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