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Magnifying vibrations in bridges and buildings
MIT News - Architecture, April 22, 2015
To the naked eye, buildings and bridges appear fixed in place, unmoved by forces like wind and rain. But in fact, these large structures do experience imperceptibly small vibrations that, depending on their frequency, may indicate instability or structural damage. MIT researchers have now developed ...
Collier Memorial dedication and community picnic to honor fallen MIT officer
MIT News - Architecture, April 14, 2015
During the last week of April, the MIT community is invited to gather for several events focused on MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in active service two years ago. In a letter to the community on the first anniversary of Officer Collier's passing, MIT President L. Rafael Reif descri...
Norman B. Leventhal '38, visionary developer and philanthropist, dies at 97
MIT News - Architecture, April 08, 2015
Norman B. Leventhal '38 - a visionary developer and philanthropist at the center of Boston's postwar revival, and a conscience of its civic life - died Sunday at age 97. Leventhal was a life member emeritus of the MIT Corporation, and a vital member of the Institute community throughout his decades ...
Preparing Boston for the "big one"
MIT News - Architecture, March 24, 2015
In 1755, a major earthquake shook the Boston area, toppling chimneys and inspiring sermons and poems about the wrath of God, such as "Earthquakes the Works of God and Tokens of his Just Displeasure" and "The Duty of a People, Under Dark Providences." The quake, whose epicenter was about 25 miles fro...
Preemptive design saving cities
MIT News - Architecture, March 06, 2015
Miho Mazereeuw is the founder of the Urban Risk Lab. She designs buildings and cities in anticipation of disasters. "Working in a field that has traditionally been the domain of emergency managers and engineers, we bring preemptive design and community engagement into the risk-reduction equation," s...
The juggler
MIT News - Architecture, March 06, 2015
It's not hard to imagine Dennis Grimard as that guy on a unicycle keeping a chainsaw, bowling ball, and lit torch aloft. While his day job isn't quite that dangerous, the new associate director of MIT.nano still performs a tricky balancing act while he climbs a steep learning curve and hones his lis...
How it's made
MIT News - Architecture, March 06, 2015
MIT.nano is the most ambitious and disruptive construction project in the modern history of MIT. "It won't be sneaking under anyone's radar," says Arne Abramson, MIT's director of capital projects. So Abramson and his colleagues from MIT Facilities have planned a series of lunchtime talks to give me...
Vargas honored in Dubai ceremony
MIT News - Architecture, March 05, 2015
Ana Cristina Vargas SM '14 has won the Dubai International Award for Best Practices in recognition of her innovative work on public space in Mumbai, India, and other locations around the globe. The award comes shortly after completing her Master's thesis at MIT with support from the Tata Center for ...
Stamp honors MIT's first black graduate
MIT News - Architecture, February 12, 2015
The U.S. Postal Service honored one of MIT's own today, issuing a stamp to honor architect and educator Robert Robinson Taylor. A member of the Class of 1892, Taylor was MIT's first African-American graduate, and is believed to be the country's first academically trained black archite...
New horizons for self-assembling materials
MIT News - Architecture, December 18, 2014
Today's 3-D printers, in which devices rather like inkjet-printer nozzles deposit materials in layers to build up physical objects, are a great tool for designers building prototypes or small companies with limited product runs. But they take a long time to produce objects that are more than a coupl...
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