MIT 100th Anniversary Open House

"MIT2016: Celebrating a century in Cambridge" commemorates the Institute’s 1916 move from Boston’s Back Bay as it honors MIT’s special relationship with the City of Cambridge and looks toward the frontiers of the future. We invite community members and friends to join us this spring for academic and celebratory programming from February 29 to June 4. On Saturday, April 23, the entire campus will be open for a day-long participatory Open House, including the following special activities sponsored by DUSP and the School of Architecture and Planning: 


Interactive City-Building Workshop

Help us build a city! Work with DUSP alum James Rojas -- along with students and your friends and neighbors -- to build an ever-changing interactive model of campus and the city around us -- as it is, or as it could be. 

10:00AM-3:00PM, North Court Tent. Info: http://mit2016.mit.edu/open-house/activity/interactive-city-building-mod...

Distinguished Lecture: "The New Tech: From Boston to Cambridge", Mark Jarzombek

Professor Jarzombek has published on a wide range of historical topics, from the 12th century to the modern era. He is one of the country’s leading advocates for global history and has published several books and articles on the topic, including the ground-breaking textbook, A Global History of Architecture and Architecture of First Societies: A Global Perspective. Through EdX, Jarzombek taught a popular Mass Open Online Course (MOOC) on the history of architecture, in which thousands of people from all over the world participated.

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Building 10 - Room 250, Huntington Hall.  Info: http://mit2016.mit.edu/open-house/activity/distinguished-lecture-new-tec...

Urban Constructed Wetlands

With funding from the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab, a team of MIT designers, urban planners, and engineers are exploring the use of constructed wetlands as a storm water solution in cities, and more broadly the use of wetlands as green infrastructure that provide water re-use, water quality enhancement, flood protection, and public green space within a city. In this activity we describe the ongoing design study and visitors participate in a hands-on experiment to compare the hydrodynamic performance of different wetland designs chosen by the visitors.  Sponsored by Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in collaboration with Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU), School of Architecture

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM,Building 48 - Room 109.  Info: http://mit2016.mit.edu/open-house/activity/urban-constructed-wetlands-0

Exploring the Potential of Play

Join us in playing the latest games created by the MIT Game Lab and the MIT Education Arcade, inlcuding games about special relativity, real estate development, and STEM concepts.   Sponsored by DUSP / Scheller Teacher Education Program. 

10:00AM-2:00PM, Wiesner Building, Building E15 - Room 320.  Info: http://mit2016.mit.edu/open-house/activity/exploring-potential-play

Create a New Classroom

Classrooms are rapidly evolving. The Teaching Systems Lab is working to create classrooms that will prepare students for a new world. Now it's your chance to create the classroom of the future. We'll have a variety of art supplies to help you design your own classroom. All ages welcome.  Sponsored by DUSP in collaboration with STEP lab, Game lab

10:00AM-3:00PM, Wiesner Building, Building E15 - Room 301.  Info: http://mit2016.mit.edu/open-house/activity/create-new-classroom

Public Art Tour

At MIT, the campus is our museum. Join MIT List Visual Arts Center staff on a walking tour of MIT’s public art collection to view and learn about the history of contemporary art across the Institute. View the recently unveiled new acquisition to the Percent-for-Art program by artist Antony Gormley, and see other highlights including work by artists Alexander Calder, Mark DiSuvero, and Sol LeWitt’s monumental installation, “Bars of Color within Squares (MIT).”  Sponsored by List Visual Arts Center

Tours are 12pm-1pm, and 2pm-3pm.  Killian Court.  Info: mit2016.mit.edu/open-house/activity/public-art-tour

The Buildings Behind the Brains: MIT’s Campus

Have you ever wondered what goes into the making of an MIT building? What’s the story behind its design, location, or renovation? What are its sustainable design elements and other innovations? Here’s your chance to learn more.  These spaces are where the MIT community works, studies, and lives, where faculty train the next generation of innovators, and where researchers seek answers to the world’s greatest problems.

Learn more about the creation and preservation of MIT’s game-changing spaces, from the renewal of original 1916 buildings to the construction of MIT.nano—a new 200,000-square-foot nanotechnology center at the heart of campus.  Hosted by the Office of Campus Planning and the Department of Facilities – the folks who plan, design, construct, care for, and renew the MIT campus.

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Cambridge Connection Tent, Hayward Street Lot.  Info: http://mit2016.mit.edu/open-house/activity/buildings-behind-brains-mit%E...

Wolk Gallery Exhibition: Gothicness

Gothicness is an exhibition curated by Brandon Clifford that examines the ubiquitous element of Gothic architecture, the rib. Clifford isolates a series of peculiar moments of transition, from functional to rhetorical ribs that hold resonance today. In doing so, he illuminates the strangeness of Gothic rib details, examining the possibilities, potentials, and peculiar moments that parallel contemporary digital practice.  Sponsored by the Department of Architecture.

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Building 7 - Room 338.  Info: http://mit2016.mit.edu/open-house/activity/wolk-gallery-exhibition-gothi...

And much, much more!

For full listings, see http://mit2016.mit.edu/openhouse.