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Spring 2020

Lectures are free and open to the public. For some lectures, members of the MIT community with IDs will be admitted 30 minutes prior to the lecture and the general public will be admitted as space permits.

Except as noted, lectures are at 6:00 pm in Room 7-429, located at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.  An interactive map may be found on-line at: http://whereis.mit.edu/map-jpg

Apr 16, 2020 - 6:00pm
This lecture will be held online. Details forthcoming.

MIT Architecture | Spring 2020 Lecture Series

6:00 PM EST. Click here to watch the webcast

Apr 30, 2020 - 6:00pm
webcast

MIT Architecture | Spring 2020 Lectures Series

"Bio-Trust: On Insides and Outsides" 
Reflecting on ten years of Leong Leong's practice and the studio's ongoing research into informal and formal collectivities. 

Chris Leong and Dominic Leong, LEONG LEONG

6:00 PM EST. This lecture will be webcast here.

Organized by the MIT NOMAS Chapter

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:30pm
E15-070 Bartos Theater

Film screening of Jill Magid's The Proposal, followed by discussion with Caroline A. Jones, Timothy Hyde, and Ana Miljacki.
Learn more at ACT.

Feb 10, 2020 - 6:00pm
3-133

This presentation examines the relationship between palace building and poetry writing at Samarra, the capital of the Abbasid Empire in Iraq from 836 to 892 CE. Unusually, Samarra’s palaces became the subject of a number of poems written by the most talented court poets of the day. These architectural poems, consisting of twenty to forty lines written in the idiom of the classical Arabic ode, were lauded at the time of their composition as excellent examples of the poetic craft.

Feb 13, 2020 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

MIT Architecture | Spring 2020 Lecture Series

6:00 PM, Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Is architecture inherently complete? Or is it a state of in-completion and seeming inadequacy that incites us to imagine architecture as an armature for an ever-changing daily life?  Across a range of buildings, public spaces, and ephemeral installations, nARCHITECTS argues for the formal and social potential of an architecture that remains somehow incomplete and ambiguously perceived—or in the architects’ words, Almost Buildings. 

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:00pm
3-133

 This talk and open discussion is taken from Stewart's new study, The Ruins Lesson: Meaning and Material in Western Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2020). There she traces, from classical texts to twentieth-century monuments, the Western fascination with ruins and asks why, paradoxically, ruins and ruination have became central to our aesthetics, including the practices of painters, print-makers, poets, and architectural theorists.

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

MIT Architecture | Spring 2020 Lecture Series

6:00 PM, Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Image courtesy of RICA*Studio

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:00pm
3-133

Lecture to be followed by a panel discussion with Aga Khan Professors: From Harvard, Gülru Necipoğlu; and from MIT, Nasser Rabbat and James Wescoat.


Feb 27, 2020 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

MIT Architecture | Spring 2020 Lecture Series

6:00 PM, Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Mar 2, 2020 - 12:30pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Building Technology Group | Spring 2020 Lecture Series

12:30 pm, Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Mar 2, 2020 - 6:00pm
E15-001 Cube

Lecture followed by discussion with Renée Green and David Joselit.
Learn more at ACT.

Mar 3, 2020 - 6:30pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

MIT Architecture | Spring 2020 Lecture Series
6:30 PM, Room 7-429/Long Lounge
Organized by the Critical Broadcasting Lab

 

Mar 5, 2020 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

MIT Architecture | Spring 2020 Lecture Series

6:00pm, Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Organized by Associate Professor Rafi Segal

Mar 13, 2020 - 5:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

***Canceled***

Computation Group Spring 2020 Lectures

 

Mar 19, 2020 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

***Canceled***

MIT Architecture | Spring 2020 Lecture Series

Mar 30, 2020 - 12:30pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

***Canceled***

Building Technology Group | Spring 2020 Lecture Series

Apr 2, 2020 - 6:00pm
E14, 6th Floor, MIT Media Lab

***Canceled/Postponed***

MIT Architecture | Spring 2020 Lecture Series

"Urban Plans in Progress," Christine Binswanger, Senior Partner at Herzog & de Meuron

6:00 pm, MIT Media Lab (E14), 6th Floor

Apr 3, 2020 - 5:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

***Canceled/Postponed***

Computation Group Spring 2020 Lectures

5:00 pm, Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Apr 7, 2020 - 6:30pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

***Canceled/Postponed***

MIT Architecture | Spring 2020 Lecture Series

6:00 PM, Room 7-429/Long Lounge
Organized by the Critical Broadcasting Lab

 

Apr 13, 2020 - 6:00pm
3-133

***Canceled/Postponed***

Apr 14, 2020 - 6:00pm
7-429 Long Lounge

No event has given “democracy” a worse name than the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 with the pretext of bringing democracy to Iraq. Since then, more controversies have obstructed Iraq’s right to heal from conflict.

Apr 16, 2020 - 6:00pm
10-250

***Canceled/Postponed***

MIT Architecture | Spring 2020 Lectures Series

6:00 pm, 10-250

30th Arthur H. Schein Memorial Lecture

Photograph by Kristian Ridder-Nielsen, Courtesy of OMA

Apr 23, 2020 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

***Canceled/Postponed***

MIT Architecture | Spring 2020 Lecture Series

6:00 pm, Room 7-429/ Long Lounge

May 4, 2020 - 12:30pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

***Canceled***

Building Technology Group Spring 2020 Lectures

Apr 17, 2020 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Computation Group Spring 2020 Lecture Series

5:00 pm, Room 7-429/Long Lounge

May 4, 2020 - 6:00pm
E15-001 Cube

Lecture followed by discussion with Jesal Kapadia.
Learn more at ACT.

May 5, 2020 - 6:00pm
7-429 Long Lounge

This talk examines the visual relationship between the cotton trade and the representation of the black body in American culture, using historical case studies and contemporary art. Juxtaposing contemporary interventions with historical moments, it examines how cotton materially influenced the way black bodies were seen, and how black Americans saw themselves, as both enslaved and free Americans.