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Fall 2016 Lecture Series

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

Videos of our recent lectures are available on our YouTube channel.   Videos are uploaded within the week following each lecture.

Sep 12, 2016 - 6:00pm
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Sep 15, 2016 - 6:00pm
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SO–IL is an award winning architectural design firm that envisions spaces for culture, learning and innovation. From their offices in New York, SO–IL partakes in the production of buildings, interiors, furniture and landscapes around the world. As a collective of diverse thinkers and makers, the office engages with the ever changing social, economic and natural environment through active dialogue that considers context, function, and opportunity. SO–IL believes that physical structures have the power to offer a sense of wonder and place.

Sep 16, 2016 - 5:00pm
7-429

Faculty Alexander D'Hooghe, Anton Garcia-Abril and Debora Mesa, Rania Ghosn, John Ochsendorf, Gediminas and Nomeda Urbonas present their projects for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, Reporting from the Front, curated by Alejandro Aravena.

Sep 20, 2016 - 6:00pm
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Sep 22, 2016 - 6:00pm
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Oct 12, 2016 - 6:00pm
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Oct 17, 2016 - 12:30pm
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We spend most of our time in built spaces that substantially affect our health, well-being, and productivity. The built environment has a large influence on climate change, mainly due to the energy we use to keep acceptable levels of indoor comfort. Yet, we are still systematically measuring high occupant dissatisfaction, even in green certified spaces, particularly with acoustics, air quality and thermal comfort. How can we enhance occupant satisfaction without increasing our environmental impact?

Oct 21, 2016 - 5:00pm
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Co-presented by the Design and Computation Group, City Design and Development Group and Housing and Economic Development Group, Urban Studies and Planning.

Oct 24, 2016 - 6:00pm
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The Structure explores the work of Mahendra Raj, India’s most significant structural engineer. Examining Raj’s sixty prolific years of practice, this volume looks at his unusually inventive and intuitive work and how he has offered pioneering engineering solutions for buildings in exposed concrete. As this book shows, many of his structures can be seen as monuments narrating the history of architecture in post-independence India. The book is edited by Vandini Mehta, Rohit Raj Mehndiratta (SMArchS '02), and Ariel Huber.

Oct 27, 2016 - 9:00am
7-429
Nov 17, 2016 - 6:00pm
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