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WiD : MIT Museum Design and Exhibition Tour (In-Person)

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Alex Fradkin

  • COST

    Free and open to the public.

  • TYPE

    Knowledge Community




Join the WiD Design and Networking group for a special Saturday design tour of the MIT Museum by Howeler+Yoon with an open networking hour!

Ching Ying Ngan, Associate at Howeler+Yoon and Project Architect on the project, will be hosting the design tour. She will guide us through the various spaces while talking about the community engagement, design, and construction processes.

The new MIT Museum in Kendall Square provides a window into MIT, a glimpse into the artifacts of research and the stories behind them. Located on the ground, second, and third floors of a new building, the museum anchors MIT’s East Campus and forms a new gateway to the institute.

The MIT Museum and the MIT Welcome Center frame the Gateway Plaza, presenting programs that interface with the public. The plaza is also an entry to the Kendall Square T subway station, the Institute’s main point of access to public transit. The museum’s grand stair gestures out across the plaza, extending the public museum program from the plaza up through three floors of the museum.

The museum’s gallery sequence forms a continuous spiral, connecting the pedestrian plaza and ground floor lobby to the second- and third floor galleries, and terminates in the museum collections.

This spiral organization dispenses with traditional front-of-house and back-of-house separations and instead offers new adjacencies through a ‘side-of-house’ placement of education and curatorial spaces along the length of the coiled gallery. In moving to its new location, the Museum strategically wanted to increase the amount of learning and hands-on spaces. Adjacent to the galleries, the museum’s workshop, classroom, seminar, and Idea Hub spaces benefit from increased foot traffic and visibility.

The event will conclude with an informal networking portion for any attendees who want to continue the conversation!