Public 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.

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Feb 11, 2015 - 6:00pm
Feb 12, 2015 - 6:00pm

The rejection of organic materials that marked the material tolerance crises central to modernity didn’t just produce the steel and glass icons we know so well, but also a generation of newly metalized aircraft that were so heavy they could not fly.

Feb 26, 2015 - 6:30pm

The 26th Arthur H. Schein Memorial Lecture
To do always the same (always the same thing but never in the same way), that was one of the simplest advices on art given by an Argentinean poet. Since we believe there is almost no distinction between the addition of intentions within a work and the addition of works within a practice, either In art or architecture, we could claim that both are no more than the same project; a single format that unfolds a more or less implicit, tautological and self-referential sense of order.

Mar 5, 2015 - 6:00pm

Architecture is not only about bricks and stones, it goes beyond the material it is built.  It serves to the different communities as a mechanism of bounding, developing and growing. Architecture can improve life quality conditions, well-think spaces produce actions and behaviors that were not even thought. Planning and designing are short steps of a huge process that the buildings pass through; the real long way is the embracement of the people for the architecture and its transformation. 

Mar 6, 2015 - 5:30pm

Ann Lui (SMArchS HTC), Carrie McKnelly (SMArchS Computation), and Deepa Ramaswamy (PhD, HTC) present their research as part of the Schlossman Research Fellowship.

Ann Lui, "Crowded Necropolis: Cataloging Hong Kong's Afterlife Real Estate Crisis"

Carrie McKnelly, "Netting: A Tool for Differentiated Fiber Assemblies"

Deepa Ramaswamy, "Instituting Collaboration: New York's Debates on the City, 1960-75"

Mar 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Work for Forensic Architecture uses contemporary architectural and media tools to investigate and present (as evidence in courts and the UN) incidents across the various battlefields of contemporary conflict and look at the limit condition of architecture, media and climate change. 

Hosted by the HTC Forum (History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art) & Center for Advanced Urbanism

Apr 24, 2015 - 9:00am
E15-070 (Bartos Theater)

If today we program computers and machines, tomorrow we will program matter itself.

Apr 25, 2015 - 9:00am

If today we program computers and machines, tomorrow we will program matter itself. This conference is about the emerging field of active matter and programmable materials that bridges the worlds of art, science, engineering and design, demonstrating new perspectives for computation, transformation and dynamic material applications. This two-day conference will consist of a range of talks and lively discussion from leading researchers in materials science, art & design, synthetic biology and soft-robotics along with leaders from government, public institutions and industry.

Apr 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

Over the last year, a team of faculty, students, and professionals collaborated on the design, engineering, and construction of the memorial. The Collier Memorial, designed by Professor Meejin Yoon and engineered in collaboration with Professor John Ochsendorf, is built from thirty-two solid granite blocks to form a five-way asymmetrical vault, achieving stability and strength through unity and the interaction of each part.

May 4, 2015 - 6:00pm

The 9th Goldstein Lecture in Architecture, Engineering, and Science

Part of the Spring 2015 Department of Architecture Lecture Series, "Experiments in Architecture".

Jul 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

Last winter painfully highlighted the public transportation challenges facing the Greater Boston region, as the struggles of the T became the struggles of Bostonians and Massachusetts residents to get to work and manage their daily lives.