Public Lecture Series

Lectures are free and open to the public. For some lectures, members of the MIT community with IDs will be admitted between 4:45-5:10 pm and the general public will be admitted as space permits at 5:20 pm.

Except as noted, lectures are at 5:30 pm in Room 7-429, located at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

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Sep 18, 2014 - 6:00pm

Ana Miljacki, co-curator of the US Pavilion, and Hyungmin Pai, co-curator of the Korean Pavilion, will present and discuss the curatorial process for the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice. The OfficeUS presentation, by Ana Miljacki, will lay out the curatorial ambition for the US Pavilion at the 14th Architectural Biennale in Venice. Composed of a research and a live component, OfficeUS is an invitation, an opening into reviewing, historicizing and transforming US architects' global contribution.

Sep 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

HHF sees their projects always as unfinished ventures and as a potentially interesting and incisive springboard for someone else’s next project. They think of their designs to be read as an additional link in the chain — a chain forged by all who went before and continued by others with their own agenda and kinks.

Oct 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

A breath-taking journey, which extends from the sublime intervention of an Art installation to the technology behind the greatest shows on earth. A talk by Aran Chadwick and Neil Thomas founders and directors of one of the most innovative Structural Engineering practices in the world, Atelier One.

Oct 14, 2014 - 6:00pm

A couple of conceptual procedures that are integral part of the design process will be shown. They can be related to urban planning, social science, culture or sustainability issues, depending on design brief, contextual givens or simply the format and scale of the project. The aim of presentation is to demonstrate analytical skills and design rigor.

Oct 16, 2014 - 6:00pm

Architecture Lecture Series

Oct 23, 2014 - 6:30pm

Edward and Mary Allen Lecture in Structural Design with Simon Velez


Exploration of vegetarian architecture and potential of bamboo for the advancement of social housing.

Oct 30, 2014 - 6:00pm
Nov 6, 2014 - 1:00pm

This lecture has been cancelled.

Some buildings are remembered not only for what they are but how they came to be.  Construction can produce memory and meaning that resonates through a building’s history.

Nov 13, 2014 - 6:00pm

Spaces of learning are changing radically as a result of the internet revolution, online education, and the democratization of information. Among other things, this has led us from a culture of specialization to interdisciplinary collaborations, with teams of experts coming together to form much more sophisticated pedagogies for ever-more complex societal challenges. This lecture will speak to three different institutions, each with broad ambitions in changing their way of learning and sharing information.

Nov 20, 2014 - 6:00pm

Repeatable formulas and spatial products make most of the space in the world. Now, not only buildings but also entire cities have become spatial products that typically reproduce free zone world cities like Shenzhen or Dubai. Space has become a mobile, monetized, almost infrastructural, technology, where infrastructure is not only the urban substructure, but also the urban structure itself. Some of the most radical changes to the globalizing world are being written, not in the language of law and diplomacy, but rather in the language of this infrastructure space.