Since the 1980s, Detroit’s historic building stock of automotive manufacturing facilities has mostly disappeared. Demolition, redevelopment, and abandonment have left little to mark the city’s twentieth-century history as the world capital of the automobile industry. Planning and policy making have been complicit by publicly subsidizing destructive redevelopment and by failing to advocate for retention or preservation of significant structures and complexes. Even today, Detroit’s leadership calls for the demolition of one of the city’s last remaining historic auto factories.
The department is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Excellence in Public Service Award:
The latest issue of Thresholds, the Journal of the MIT Department of Architecture, is now out. Asking questions such as "What actions are prompted by revolution in the space of the city? Which publics take part in this struggle, and who are the agents that mobilize it?
In order to complete an extensive server upgrade, this main DUSP website will be off-line on Friday 6/14 from approximately 3:00-8:00 PM.
At the Departmental Commencement Breakfast at the MIT Media Lab on June 6, 2013, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Adele Fleet Bacow (MCP 1977) as our Commencement Speaker. Adele is the President of Commuity Partners Consultants, a firm she founded in 1996 to work with cities and towns, public agencies, foundations, and community-based organizations around the country. In her work she has brought the public and private sectors together in unlikely collaborations to revitalize communities, and her speech to DUSP's newest graduates provided a wonderful opportuntity for her to share
Commencement week and Tech Reunions week unofficially kicked off when a mysterious hack was unveiled in the Lobby 7 stairwell leading to DUSP and Architecture Headquarters.
The hackers—perhaps soon-to-be alums intent on leaving a final mark on the Institute—placed fake noses and moustaches on a large portrait collage in the area between the first and second floor.