MIT Sustainable Design Lab
Harvest screenshot

Sep 2019 | Try HARVEST, our urban food production simulation plug-in for UMI

BT heliodon

Sep 2019 | Building Technology has a new heliodon - watch the tutorial

Workshop in Addis Ababa

April 2019 | Alpha Arsano organizes Sustainable Buildings workshop in Addis Ababa

Daylighting Handbook II

Oct 2018 | Daylighting Handbook II is out


ClimaPlus | Chloe Blazey and Alpha Yacob Arsano examining the SDL weather station

MIT North Court Study

Predicting outdoor comfort | UTCI simulations explain dwelling patterns of 16,000 regulars in a public courtyard in Cambridge

Boston Energy Study

UBEM Boston | Simulated Energy Use Intensity Distribution for Boston


UMI | The Rhino-Based Urban Modeling Interface

Welcome to the MIT Sustainable Design Lab. We are an inter-disciplinary research group with a grounding in architecture that develops design workflows, planning tools and metrics to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings and neighborhoods. Software tools originating from our lab are used in practice and education in over 90 countries.

Our goal is to change current architectural and urban planning practices by developing, validating and testing analysis methods that lead to improved design solutions as far as occupant comfort and building energy use are concerned. The premise of our work is that a more informed design process will lead to better design choices and therefore better performing buildings and cities.