The MIT International Design Center (IDC) is a multi-disciplinary community of faculty, researchers, labs and students from across all 5 schools at MIT, with a sister center located at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Together, faculty and researchers focus understanding and enhancing the methods, tools, and outcomes of diverse design activities. While focused on design and invention, IDC researchers also emphasize knowledge generation (science) and entrepreneurship (implementation). Results from IDC research include the invention of novel products, services, and systems for problems in the developing world, rapidly urbanizing regions, health and aging, the environment and energy.
The MIT IDC supports the exploration of design research across all 5 schools at MIT to forge unique collaborations with industry to innovate, excite and change the world through design innovation.
Faculty, researchers, staff and students work across research labs on multiple projects that range from transformable materials, hacking healthcare, digital fabrication, self-assembly, energy generation, urbanization, risk reduction, electric vehicles, urban design for resilient cities, engineering design, innovation and technology development in complex systems, multiplexed diagnostics for fever viruses, rapid diagnostic fabrication, and more.