Category Cities

Bogotá-Santiago-São Paolo-Mexico City-Barcelona

Five advanced studios have the great privilege to travel and visit studio sites during Spring Break. Students are currently in Bogotá, Santiago and the Atacama desert, São Paolo, Mexico City, and Barcelona! More photos + reflections to come. ‘The Radical De-substantiation of Architecture‘, considers the Atacama Desert in Chile, “both the ancient settlements in the San […]

Notes from Mexico City

Gabriel Kozlowski, a SMArchS thesis student in the Urbanism program, travelled to Mexico City over MIT’s Independent Activity Period (IAP) this January. He writes about his travels from the centers to the peripheries of Mexico City examining neighborhoods constructed by an imported model of subsidized housing. We’ll hear more about how this project develops over […]

Guest Post: Inside the Walls of Fez

Lina Kara’in (BSA 2015) writes for ArchKiosk on her trip to Fez, Morocco with Cristina Parreño Alonso’s Fall 2014 undergraduate studio, Platforms of Exchange in the Medina of Fez​. – AK — The medina of Fez, Morocco is a place that stimulates your senses like no other, with haunting and beautiful sounds, infinite rainbows of color, and unfiltered […]

IAP in Fiji

This January, I’ve left the gloomy winter weather of Boston behind to travel to the South Pacific. My first 1.5 weeks have been in Suva, Fiji’s capital (population 75,000) working on climate change adaptation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  We are preparing to launch the adaptation program, called “Ridge to Reef,” in Tuvalu […]

DUMBO: Down Under the (windy, cold, noisy, wet) Manhattan Bridge Overpass

New Year. New City. New Commute. New York. My IAP internship has brought me to New York City for a month long stint at nARCHITECTS. Their office is, as you guessed, in DUMBO, a neighborhood that not only reminds us of a flying elephant but is also dramatically nestled between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. […]

Sidewalk Geometries

I’m taking a design workshop this semester with Tarek Rakha and Christoph Reinhart, a course called “Comfort in Motion” that investigates bikeability and outdoor thermal comfort in Cambridge. We’re in the process of developing a metric to assess bikeability, which has involved biking around the city and rating streets in categories such as street infrastructure, landscaping, […]

Architecture of the Marathon

In honor of Marathon Monday, I thought I would finally post some images from a few weeks ago. I’ve been training for my second Boston Marathon this winter (only somewhat successfully with the demands of Core II) and one weekend in March, I decided to document some of the buildings along the course as I ran […]