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Design Innovation + Discourse + Making

The International Design Center (IDC) is a multi-disciplinary community of faculty, researchers, students and labs focused on understanding and enhancing the methods, tools, and outcomes of diverse design activities. Currently, the IDC supports researchers from all five schools at MIT and hosts more than a dozen undergraduate and graduate classes.

The IDC space anchors a historically rich and vibrant community of inventors and makers that are both a reflection of MIT and a portal into the larger ecology of Design + Innovation.

It is a multi-million dollar center based both in Singapore and in Cambridge, MA, with academic and industrial partners from around the world.

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Principal Investigators

John Brisson

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Director, MIT/SUTD Collaboration Office

(bio)

Chris Magee

Professor of the Practice of Engineering Systems

Co-Director of the MIT IDC

(bio)

Richard De Neufville

Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil and Environmental Engineering

(bio)

Takehiko Nagakura

Associate Professor of Architecture

Director, Computation Group

(bio)

Michael Fischer

Professor of Anthropology & Science & Technology Studies

(bio)

Sang-Gook Kim

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

(bio)

Miho Mazereeuw

Assistant Professor of Architecture

(bio)

Karen Willcox

Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics 

(bio)

Larry Sass

Associate Professor of Architecture

(bio)

 

Speaker Series:

interdisciplinary Design Conversations

The interdisciplinary Design Conversations (iDC) hosts prominent figures from industry, research, practice, or other domains to offer thoughts on interdisciplinary themes in design. These talks foster an ongoing and Institute-wide discourse on the evolving nature of the processes, tools, and outcomes of design. All members of the MIT community are invited to join us as we cultivate an inclusive environment for thinking about and initiating effective design in the world.

Adam Cutler

Design Studio Program Director at IBM Design (bio)

March 14 (Monday) at 4pm

IBM Design Thinking: Form intent, deliver outcomes.

View photos from the event.

 

Rick Rundell

Senior Director, Autodesk (bio)

April 5 (Tuesday) at 4pm

“Design Tech Trends: Reality computing, digital fabrication and design robotics”

Dr. David Kirsh

Professor, past chair of the Department of Cognitive Science/UCSD

April 28 (Thursday) at 2pm

“Thinking with Things: The Value of Working with Objects in Architectural Design”

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Chuck Hoberman

November 3, 2015. 5pm

Transformable: Designing objects that change themselves.

Dr. Lee Gehrke

December 8, 2015. 4pm

Hermann von Helmholtz Professor in the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at MIT and Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School (bio)

“Design for Hack Applied to Rapid Diagnostic Devices to Detect Emerging Viruses”

IDC Staff

Lennon Rodgers

Research Scientist

(bio)

Deb Pesanti Payson

Director of Strategy and Outreach

(bio)

Christina Morrison

Program Administrator

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OLUWATOBI (TOBI) LANRE-AMOS

Lab Manager/ Technical Instructor

(bio)

Associated Faculty & Researchers

Michael Short

Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering

(bio)

Daniel Jackson

Professor of Computer Science

(bio)

Skylar Tibbits

Director of the Self-Assembly Lab

(bio)

Maria Yang

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

(bio)

JOSE GOMEZ-MARQUEZ

Instructor/Research Specialist, Director of the Little Devices Lab

(bio)

Anna Young

Lecturer, Co-Founder & Health Maker at Pop Up Labs

(bio)

David Moses

Research Scientist, Urban Risk Lab

(bio)

SEUNGHO PARK

Research Associate, Urban Risk Lab

(bio)

GIORGIO TRIULZI

Postdoctoral Associate, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

(bio)

Jared Laucks

Research Scientist, Self-Assembly Lab

(bio)

Grace Teo

Lecturer & Director of Open Style Lab

(bio)

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Matt Kressy

Director and Founder, IDM (bio)

Melissa Parrillo

Assistant Director, IDM (bio)

Andy MacInnis

Technical Instructor, IDM (bio)

Steven Eppinger

General Motors LGO Professor of Management (bio)

Maya Olsha

Partner Liaison

(bio)

Resident Labs

Design Fabrication Group

Explores the application of digital fabrication for Building Delivery (link).

Self-Assembly Lab

The process by which disordered parts build an ordered structure through local interaction (link).

Open Style Lab

Brings accessibility into fashion by creating functional and stylish apparel for people with disabilities (link).

Urban Metabolism

The study of material and energy flows arising from urban socioeconomic activities and regional and global biogeochemical processes (link).

Little Devices Lab

Explores the design, invention, and policy spaces for DIY health technologies around the world (link).

Urban Risk Lab

Addressing the most challenging aspects of contemporary urbanization (link).

Resident Education Programs

SUTD WINTER ABROAD PROGRAM @ MIT

SUTD undergraduates come during the January Independent Activities Period (IAP) to experience the MIT academic culture, build connections with MIT students, and gain lifelong skills (link).

Global Leadership Program

A 10-week program that combines leadership training, engineering design challenges, outdoor adventure and classes in the arts. Approximately thirty students from SUTD participate each summer, and are joined by MIT students (link).

Integrated Design and Management

A masters program dedicated to enabling the learning and development of extraordinary, innovative leaders who will bring new levels of creativity, vision, and integrity to business and society (link).

IDC in the News

Chris Magee

May 1, 2016

IP Watchdog

New method uses patent data to estimate a technology’s future rate of improvement

Read more.

Daniel Jackson

April 15, 2016

Inverse

MIT Has Developed a New Bug Finder for Popular Web Framework Ruby on the Rails. The software identified 23 bugs in 50 apps very, very quickly.

Read more.

IDC in the News

Michael Short

December 23, 2015

MIT News

Students design radiation-aware products in nuclear science and engineering seminar.

Read more.

Maria Yang

December 9, 2015

MIT News

An eye for design – Maria Yang helps product designers hone the creative process.

Read more.

Sang-Gook Kim

December 22, 2015

beta Boston

‘GoldFinger’ smart gloves read hand gestures, harvest power from moving fingers.

Read more.

Skylar Tibbits

August 11, 2015

MIT News

Programming materials for better designs

Skylar Tibbits creates smart materials that elegantly transform themselves to improve processes and products.

Read more.

Karen Willcox

October 9, 2015

MIT News

“Fly-by-wire” technology to improve high-need student achievement
Project that enables teachers to provide differentiated instruction in a scalable way wins Department of Education grant.

Read more.

Skylar Tibbits

March 6, 2015

MIT News

Preemptive design saving cities
Miho Mazereeuw, founder of the Urban Risk Lab, has roots in two countries that have dealt with floods, earthquakes, and typhoons.

Read more.

Photo credit:  © Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, and Self-Assembly Lab, MIT, 2015

Miho Mazereeuw

March 6, 2015

MIT News

Preemptive design saving cities
Miho Mazereeuw, founder of the Urban Risk Lab, has roots in two countries that have dealt with floods, earthquakes, and typhoons.

Read more.

Richard De Neufville

July 20, 2015

MIT News

Designing for flexibility
Richard de Neufville teaches and practices flexible engineering design for infrastructure projects that meet the challenges of the future.

Read more.

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Our 9.2k GSF facility includes classroom, office and lab space with CNC metal mills/lathes, 3D printers, a waterjet, laser cutter, CNC wood router, & electronic fabrication equipment.

OUR LOCATION ON THE MIT CAMPUS: N52-3rd FLOOR

265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 / 617-324-8125

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