The Design Observer Group


Posted 03.03.10


MIT

Introducing MIT's New Media Lab Complex



Open House: 3.5.2010
Conference: 3.6.2010

On Friday and Saturday March 5 and 6, MIT will officially open the new Media Lab Complex, designed by Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki, with a free public open house and a free public conference with the architect.

Described by the Globe’s Robert Campbell, with only wee exaggeration, as ‘the world’s most exquisite building’, the complex marks a new era of innovation for the Media Lab and for a range of art, design and technology-related programs in the School of Architecture + Planning, of which the Media Lab is a part.
The Friday open house will take place from 2 – 4PM and will be followed by a dedication ceremony at 4PM. Speakers at the ceremony will include:

Dana G. Mead, Chairman, MIT Corporation
Susan Hockfield, President, MIT
Adèle Naudé Santos, Dean, School of Architecture + Planning
Fumihiko Maki, Principal Architect
Frank Moss, Director, MIT Media Laboratory
Mitchel Resnick, Academic Head, Program in Media Arts and Sciences
Karen Brennan, PhD Candidate (2012) in Media Arts and Sciences
Sajid Sadi, PhD Candidate (2010) in Media Arts and Sciences

The dedication will be followed on Saturday March 6 with a public conference from 9AM - 12:30PM, hosted by the School of Architecture + Planning and featuring Maki and members of his design team discussing the conception and design of the building.

The conference will also feature Nicholas Negroponte, William Mitchell, Frank Moss and other leaders of the Media Lab, providing a rare opportunity to learn more about the unique collaboration between architect and client. Members of the construction team will also be present to answer questions. Dean Adèle Naudé Santos will present opening remarks.

All activities will take place in the new building at 75 Amherst Street on MIT’s Cambridge campus.