Demistifying MIT : the MIT Center for Culture and the Arts
Author(s)Hanna, Karim M. (Karim Magdy), 1971-
Demistifying Massachusetts Institute of Technology : the MIT Center for Culture and the Arts
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is physically and psychologically isolated from its surroundings. It is an introverted experience. To the public, MIT is hidden under a shroud of invisibility. The goal of this thesis is to demystify MIT. This thesis is proposing a NEXUS, or an interface that acts as a bridge between MIT and its surrounding communities. The Nexus will bring to the public the cultural and performing arts activities that are hidden inside this institute which, in addition to its world-class technology courses, is home to excellent cultural and arts programs. The Nexus will be MIT's showcase for music, theater, visual arts, and community outreach programs. This dynamic place will incite personal exchange between the communities of MIT and the city of Cambridge. By investing in a rich program of cultural entertainment, MIT will be contributing to the enhancement of quality of life of its hometown. Consequently, MIT's public image will be enhanced, and the Institute will become an attractive place for the top researchers and graduate students. The site chosen for the Nexus is currently an undeveloped area located between Albany Street and Vassar Street, at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue. This site is currently treated as the back alley of MIT. Nonetheless, it is in fact the entrance to MIT, and more importantly, a gateway to the city of Cambridge.
Thesis (M. Arch.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2004.Includes bibliographical references (p. 75).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology