Media Lab Complex formally opens this week

MIT community is invited to a free open house on Friday, followed by a public conference with architect Fumihiko Maki the following day.

Photos: Andy Ryan

MIT this week will officially open the new Media Lab Complex, designed by Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki, with a free public open house on Friday, March 5, and a free public conference with the architect the following day.

Described by The Boston Globe’s Robert Campbell, with only slight exaggeration, as “the world’s most exquisite building,” the complex marks a new era of innovation for the MIT Media Laboratory 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 to 4 p.m. and will be followed by a dedication ceremony at 4 p.m. 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 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 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.

Topics: Architecture, Arts, Campus buildings and architecture, Media, Media Lab, Urban studies and planning

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