Category Travels

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 […]

Accelerated Urbanism Studio: Spring Break in India

Last week my studio travelled to India to explore steel urbanism in the state of Orissa, and visit our site, the planned steel city of Kalinganagar. It was a full week of steel factories, helicopter rides, villages and meetings; we returned home exhausted but with plenty of new ideas. See my photos from our trip […]

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 […]

TUVALU: January on a sinking island

In addition to spending three lovely weeks working with the UNDP in Fiji this IAP, I also traveled to Tuvalu for one week to conduct research on my thesis, tentatively titled “Post-Island Futures.” The project is still in its infancy, but my time in the Pacific was an amazing opportunity to get perspectives on the […]

Guest Post: Qalandiya International Art Biennial

Nisa Ari, a PhD student in the History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture program, writes on her research trip to the Qalandiya International Art Biennial. – AK — Last October, I had the good fortune to be in attendance at the opening events of the Qalandiya International Art Biennial, which took place across Palestinian […]

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 […]


nTERN: 4 weeks at nARCHITECTS MIT’s January Independent Activities Period (IAP) has come and gone but the memories from a month interning at nARCHITECTS will last forever. Me and a fellow MIT student joined the small and busy team at nA for four weeks of massing models, façade studies, render views, site models, and lots […]