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Imagining MIT - Designing a Campus for the Twenty-First Century

Book Specification

Binding Paperback
Language English
Number Of Pages 152
Author William J. Mitchell
Publisher MIT Press
Isbn-10 026251611X
Isbn-13 9780262516112
Dimension 27.94*0.97*19.05

Imagining MIT - Designing a Campus for the Twenty-First Century

William J. Mitchell's Imagining MIT - Designing a Campus for the Twenty-First Century

In the 1990s, MIT began a billion-dollar Building program that transformed its outdated, run-down campus into an architectural showplace. Funded by the high-tech boom of the 1990s and and driven by a pent-up demand for new space, MIT's ambitious rebuilding produced five major works of architecture: Kevin Roche's Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, Steven Holl's Simmons Hall, Frank Gehry's Stata Center, Charles Correa's Brain and Cognitive Science Complex, and Fumihiko Maki's still-unrealized project for the Media Laboratory. In Imagining MIT, William Mitchell (who served as architectural adviser to MIT president Charles Vest) offers a critical, behind-the-scenes view of MIT's new buildings and the complex processes that produced them. The story is not simply one of commissions, projects, CAD, and hardhats; it is about all the forces that come into play -- including money, politics, institutional dynamics, and ideology -- when a major university campus is imagined, designed, and built. Lavishly illustrated with architectural photographs, drawings, plans, and models, with color images throughout, Imagining MIT shows both the Opportunities and the obstacles facing architectural production and city Building at the dawn of a new millennium. Mitchell challenges and subverts the standard form of architectural narrative -- the mythic tale of heroic designers and enlightened patrons who overcome adversity to realize their visions. Instead, he offers a Rashomon-like construction of multiple voices and viewpoints. He sets the scene by recounting the History of MIT campus architecture, from its early synthesis of classicism and pragmatism to the daring mid-twentieth-century modernism of Alvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen. The descriptions and illustrations of the new projects show not only the evolution of each building, but the relationship of the techniques of architectural representation -- themselves evolving, from sketching and modeling to three-dimensional computer modeling and rendering -- to the conception and development of architectural ideas.

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This book has been written by William J. Mitchell, who has written books like Reinventing the Automobile - Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century (The MIT Press),Imagining MIT - Designing a Campus for the Twenty-First Century. The books are written in Architecture category. This book is read by people who are interested in reading books in category : Architecture. So, if you want to explore books similar to This book, you must read and buy this book.

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