When MIT President Rafael Reif and Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons placed small replicas of MIT’s Dome and Cambridge City Hall into a collaboratively built 3-D model at the Imagining New Technology, they launched a project that the combined MIT/Cambridge community will help to create over the life of the exhibition—a crowd-sourced, 3-D printed model of the MIT campus and surrounding community.
Part of MIT’s celebration of 100 years in Cambridge, the exhibition combines rarely seen architectural drawings, photographs, and objects to show the dramatic impact the design of the Institute, now entering its fourth century of educational renown, has had on the physical, economic, and social development of Cambridge, Massachusetts. After the Institute’s move from Boston’s Back Bay in 1916, the Cambridge campus developed into a new kind of educational campus, one which, through its architecture, was able to promote the cross-fertilization of ideas and concepts. Multidisciplinary work continues today. From bioengineering to ocean science to inventions coming from the Media Lab, the physical and collaborative spaces inhabited by students and professors have given rise to new fields of study.
Do you have access to a 3-D printer at your home, school, library, or maker space? If so, you can contribute a building that’s meaningful to you to the Imagining New Technology: Building MIT in Cambridge 3-D Community Model.