Featured publications include student, faculty, and department publications.
Thresholds is the annual peer-reviewed journal produced by the MIT Department of Architecture, held in over 150 university art & architecture libraries around the world. Content features leading scholars and practitioners from the fields of architecture, art, and culture. PhD candidates Nisa Ari and Christianna Bonin are the editors of Thresholds 44: Workspace, which seeks to mine how the meanings of and locations for work have been historically and culturally defined. Thresholds 44 will be published in April 2016. Zachary Angles is the editor of Thresholds 45: Myth. The call for papers is available here; submissions are due May 1, 2016.
Agendas in Architecture and the Review series publish student and faculty research. Building Discourse, ed. Irene Hwang, 2014 is the fourth volume, following Agendas in Architecture, ed. Alexander D'Hooghe, 2006, Uncertain Futures, ed. Ana Miljacki, 2009, Testing to Failure, ed. Sarah Hirschman, 2011.
Global biennials have proliferated in the contemporary art world, but artists’ engagement with large-scale international exhibitions has a much longer history that has influenced the present in important ways. Going back to the earliest world’s fairs in the nineteenth century, this book argues...(more)
The Optimum Imperative examines architecture’s multiple entanglements within the problematics of Socialist lifestyle in postwar Czechoslovakia.
Situated in the period loosely bracketed by the signing of the Munich accords in 1938, which affected Czechoslovakia’s...(more)
What if structures could build themselves or adapt to fluctuating environments? Skylar Tibbits, Director of the Self-Assembly Lab in the Department of Architecture at MIT, Cambridge, MA, crosses the boundaries between architecture, biology, materials science and the arts, to envision a world...(more)
Experience offers a reading experience like no other. A heat-sensitive cover by Olafur Eliasson reveals words, colors, and a drawing when touched by human hands. Endpapers designed by Carsten Höller are printed in ink containing carefully calibrated quantities of the synthesized human...(more)
Once, humans were what they believed. Now, the modern person is determined by data exhaust—an invisible anthropocentric ether of ones and zeros that is a product of our digitally monitored age. Author Mark Jarzombek argues that the world has become redesigned to fuse the algorithmic...(more)
Engineers face many challenges in systems design and research. Modeling and Approximation in Heat Transfer describes the approach to engineering solutions through simplified modeling of the most important physical features and approximating their behavior. Systematic discussion of how modeling...(more)
This article discusses a new neighborhood currently being designed for kibbutz Hatzor in the south of Israel. The guiding principles of this project respond to the social and economic changes undergone by the kibbutz in recent years—primarily the shift away from a collective lifestyle towards a...(more)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Collier Memorial commemorates the MIT police officer killed during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, translating the slogans “Boston Strong” and “Collier Strong” into a unique structure that highlights strength, stability, equilibrium and...(more)
This issue was a Special issue on “The Art of Embassy: Objects and Images of Early Modern Diplomacy.”
When an employee at Google’s Mexico City office takes a post-lunch plunge into the on-site ball pit, is she working or playing? And when an employee in one of Foxconn’s factory sites in China leaps from his eighth-floor dormitory, only to be cradled in recently installed “suicide” netting, is he...(more)
Often problematically labeled as “Brutalist” architecture, the concrete buildings that transformed Boston during 1960s and 1970s were conceived with progressive-minded intentions by some of the world’s most influential designers, including Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, I. M. Pei, Henry Cobb,...(more)
Technologies for 3D printing, or more broadly additive manufacturing, have proliferated in recent years, and have captured the public’s imagination as a revolutionary way to democratize small-scale, customized manufacturing for the DIY community. In the design of buildings and bridges, 3D...(more)
Title in German > Jean Krämer: Architekt Und Das Atelier Von Peter Behrens
Jean Krämer (1886–1943) was Atelierchef in Peter Behrens’ studio, in which the architects Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier also worked. This incubator of modernity is now comprehensively...(more)
ArtForum's Slant Column: Nasser Rabbat on ISIS and Palmyra
(full text) MEDIA OUTLETS around the world have grown increasingly indifferent to the brutality of the ongoing war in Syria, numbed by more than four years of senseless killing and destruction in that cursed...(more)
Over the past few years, there has been growing interest in materials, material practices, and new production processes spanning different design activities and domains. ‘Making’, a keyword for these interests, has been moving center stage in design debates....(more)
Mosque Manifesto offers a repertoire of ways in which creative forms of Islamic representation may foster better understanding between cultures, and generate a critical response. Narrated in the form of a manifesto, this monograph brings together a unique range of mosque-themed projects created...(more)
This chapter engages with the idea that instead of trying to satisfy the users’ elusive particularities, designers should offer them tools to create their own designs. From the 1970s speculations on computational techniques for user participation in design, to current design for design...(more)
“Function” and “use” are keywords that design researchers customarily employ when referring to human-artifact engagements. However, there is little consensus about how the concepts of function and use relate to each other, to the intentions of “designers” and “users”, or to their actions and...(more)
Scandal is the red flag of every cultural movement. Sin segues into standards. Thresholds 43: “Scandalous” investigates the relevance of scandal in creative practice. Contributors sort through the aftermath of architecture, art, and cultural scandals, provoking consideration not just of...(more)
Building Discourse examines the origins and consequences of the thesis project. Featuring twenty-four projects completed between 2008-2013, this volume of Building Discourse draws from the M.Arch degree program at MIT Architecture.
"The theses included herein are [...]...(more)