MIT Kicks off Century in Cambridge Celebration

by Nancy DuVergne Smith on March 3, 2016 · 1 comment

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The how the Great Dome and other main group buildings were constructed.

Learn how the main group buildings were designed and built in the video, A Bold Move.

Through the spring, MIT is celebrating a momentous milestone—the move a century ago from cramped Back Bay buildings to a new, space campus in Cambridge where the design of the buildings would reflect a philosophy of the Institute—the value of interdisciplinary collaboration and community. The series of events—from symposia to a Crossing Day procession to Moving Day festivities—is titled MIT 2016: Celebrating a Century in Cambridge. And you are invited.

What made the move special? In a short video, A Bold Move, you can see images of the original buildings and the design evolution of the new Bosworth buildings, also called the main group. The building was innovative in several ways—it united the departments with corridors that facilitated a collaborative community and it was the largest concrete building in the world.

Here are a few dates for your calendar:

March 1−September 6
MIT Museum Exhibit: Imagining New Technology: Building MIT in Cambridge

March 30–March 31
Symposium: Designing Places for Inventing the Future: The Campus—Then, Now, Next

April 2, 7:00 p.m.
Arts: Concert celebrating music at MIT
No tickets required

April 7–9 and 14–16, 7:30 p.m.
Arts: Small Infinities, a play by Professor Alan Brody
Tickets available March 7 from Music and Theater Arts

April 12, noon–5:00 p.m.
Symposium: Beyond 2016—MIT’s Frontiers of the Future

April 19
Day of Service, part of the Together in Service Program
Learn more

April 23, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Open House—Under the Dome: Come Explore MIT
Open to the public

May 7
Moving Day

Daylong activities include a Crossing the Charles procession, a pageant, and all-community dance parties.

June 4, 9:00 p.m.–midnight
Toast to Tech

Learn more online: MIT 2016: Celebrating a Century in Cambridge.

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Hank Valcour '56 March 3, 2016 at 8:50 am

I was impressed at how well the video was put together. Reviewing the history of the MIT move to Cambridge was inspiring.


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