Designing Places for Inventing the Future: The Campus—Then, Now, Next

The Institute will commemorate its move to Cambridge and the dedication of the Main Group with academic and celebratory programming beginning on the last day of February and concluding on Commencement and Reunion weekend. Festivities are outlined in the event schedule below and will include a special centenary exhibit at the MIT Museum, academic symposia, music and theater arts performances, and events—including an Open House—that welcome members of the MIT community, our neighbors, and friends. 

The MIT2016 Steering Committee, chaired by John Ochsendorf, has developed the program, which is administered by Institute Events.

As part of the MIT Campus Centennial, the School of Architecture and Planning co-hosts a symposium on campus design. Leaders in campus design and innovation will share ideas on the past, present, and future, as well as MIT’s role as an innovative campus. College campuses have long played a vital role in our society as educators of future generations, incubators for innovation and economic development, and partners with the communities we serve. Symposium registration is open and there is no fee for MIT faculty, staff, and students; lunch is included on both days. In each session, participants will have opportunities for Q & A with the speakers.

For more information, see MIT News.



12:00 pm: Lunch and networking

 1:00 pm: Welcome: Cynthia Barnhart (+), Chancellor, MIT

 1:15 - 3:00 pm: The Infinite Corridor and Beyond: The symposium opens by exploring campus architecture and design, including the story of MIT's Main Group and its influence on other campuses during the past 100 years. Topics include campus planning and learning spaces, with insight into the design of two newer campuses: the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. 

Hashim Sarkis (+), Session chair; Professor and Dean, MIT School of Architecture and Planning 

Mark Jarzombek (+), Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture, MIT 

Hilary Ballon (+), Professor of Urban Studies and Architecture, NYU; Deputy Vice Chancellor, NYU Abu Dhabi

David Adjaye (+), Principal and Founder, Adjaye Associates, London and New York

Christian Veddeler (+), Director, Senior Architect, UNStudio 

Julie Newman (+), Director, Office of Sustainability; Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

3:30 - 5:00 pm: From Instruction to Innovation: Innovation districts are growing in cities worldwide, thanks to partnerships between universities, government, and industry. The session includes reflections on incubating urban innovation spaces, such as Kendall Square (Cambridge, MA) and Roosevelt Island (New York, NY).

Adèle Naudé Santos (+), Session chair; Professor, MIT School of Architecture and Planning 

Israel Ruiz (+), Executive Vice President and Treasurer, MIT

Katie Stebbins (+), Assistant Secretary of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

Roger Duffy (+), Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), New York

Marion Weiss (+), Graham Chair Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania; Cofounder, WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, New York

Carlo Ratti (+), Professor of the Practice; Director, SENSEable City Lab, MIT

8:30 am: Breakfast and networking

9:30 am: Welcome: Martin A. Schmidt (+), Provost, MIT 

9:45 - 11:00 am Learning in 02139: A report from speakers at the front lines of experiments in education at the university, secondary, and childhood levels. 

Christine Ortiz (+), (Moderator); Dean for Graduate Education; Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT 

Thomas Magnanti (+), President, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD); Institute Professor, MIT 

Mitchel Resnick (+), LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, MIT Media Lab

Saeed Arida (+), Founder and Chief Excitement Officer, NuVu Studio 

11:15 - 12:30 pm The Virtual Campus: The future of online learning will be determined by our comprehension of its challenges and opportunities. From lessons learned to ongoing data-driven educational experiments, how are we thinking differently today—now that we know what we know?

Sanjay Sarma (+), (Moderator); Vice President for Open Learning, MIT 

Susan Singer (+), Division Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation; Laurence McKinley Gould Professor, Biology and Cognitive Science Departments, Carleton College 

Paul LeBlanc (+), President, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Anant Agarwal (+), CEO, edX; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT