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IMAGINING MIT: DESIGNING A CAMPUS FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
William J. Mitchell

MIT Press, 2007
Hardcover
200 pages
220 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9780262134798

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In the 1990s, MIT began a billion-dollar building program that transformed its outdated, run-down campus into an architectural showplace. Funded by the high-tech boom of the 1990s and and driven by a pent-up demand for new space, MIT's ambitious rebuilding produced five major works of architecture: Kevin Roche's Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, Steven Holl's Simmons Hall, Frank Gehry's Stata Center, Charles Correa's Brain and Cognitive Science Complex, and Fumihiko Maki's still-unrealized project for the Media Laboratory. In Imagining MIT, William Mitchell (who served as architectural adviser to MIT president Charles Vest) offers a critical, behind-the-scenes view of MIT's new buildings and the complex processes that produced them. The story is not simply one of commissions, projects, CAD, and hardhats; it is about all the forces that come into play - including money, politics, institutional dynamics, and ideology - when a major university campus is imagined, designed, and built. Illustrated with architectural photographs, drawings, plans, and models, Imagining MIT shows both the opportunities and the obstacles facing architectural production and city building at the dawn of a new millennium.

 

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