One hundred years ago, MIT moved across the Charles River to build a new kind of university campus in Cambridge. In the words of John Ochsendorf, chair of the MIT2016 Steering Committee and Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering, “The innovative campus design would create an unparalleled environment for problem solving across disciplines. In particular, the interconnected buildings invented by civil engineering professor John R. Freeman allowed for porous boundaries, while the grand beaux-arts columns and domes envisioned by architecture alumnus William Welles Bosworth gave the young Institute a stature worthy of its growing international reputation. The resulting campus—with the Infinite Corridor at its heart—has become the home for generations of MIT community members.”
Looking ahead now to the many generations to come, MIT is not only readying these original buildings for another century of use—upgrading systems and structures across the iconic Main Group—but also creating new spaces designed for 21st-century research, innovation, and education. The Institute is building MIT.nano, a 200,000-square-foot facility for cutting-edge nanoscale research that will serve a community of over 2,000 researchers across multiple disciplines. To further its historic mission of bringing ideas to impact, MIT is also constructing six new buildings in the heart of Kendall Square, connecting MIT even more closely to Cambridge’s burgeoning hub of innovation. The plan includes buildings for commercial office and laboratory use, housing and academics, plus open spaces, retail, and a new home for the MIT Museum.