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February 11, 2016

David Adjaye to lead three panel discussions

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
David Adjaye. Credit: Ed Reeve. Courtesy of Adjaye Associates.

The 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts recipient will address 21st century challenges in public architecture and planning during his residency on campus.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in collaboration with renowned architect David Adjaye OBE will host three public panel discussions on the Future of the Library, Campus, and Museum at MIT this winter and spring that focus on architectural design in relation to cultural experience in the digital era. The panel discussions strengthen the Institute’s commitment to the aesthetic, human, and social dimensions of research and innovation, and are organized as part of Adjaye’s residency on campus in conjunction with the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, of which he is the 2016 recipient.

One of the most prestigious arts honors in the U.S., the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT includes a 100,000 USD cash prize, campus residency, and honorary gala that convenes national and international leaders in the arts. Shaped to provide the recipient with unparalleled access to the creative energy and cutting-edge research at the Institute and to develop mutually enlightening relationships with the MIT community, the award residency encompasses a public presentation of the artist’s work and substantial interaction with students, faculty, and researchers from across the Institute’s diverse schools and disciplines.

David Adjaye OBE is the founder of Adjaye Associates and is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. His influences range from contemporary art, music, and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. “I have always believed that the cross-fertilization of ideas emerging from disparate fields can stimulate innovation and creativity,” he said. “What impresses me about MIT is its porous and multi-disciplinary environment that fosters uncommon approaches to problem-solving and art-making. I am excited and honored to begin this relationship with MIT and to participate in these discussions, which I hope contribute to new ways of thinking across our creative communities and expand horizons in my own work as well.”

 

Campus residency events and programs

Future of the Library
Thursday, February 11, 6–7:30pm

MIT Lecture Hall 10-250
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02130

Participants:
David Adjaye, 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts Recipient
Chris Bourg, Director of MIT Libraries and Chair of MIT’s Task Force on the Future of Libraries
Ginnie Cooper, Former Chief Librarian of the District of Columbia Library
Jeffrey Schnapp, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Founder and Faculty Director metaLAB; and Faculty Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Nader Tehrani, Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Principal of NADAAA
Moderated by Ana Miljački, Associate Professor of MIT Department of Architecture

A discussion on the changing role of libraries as spaces for collections, research, technology, and public engagement.

Free and open to the public, reservations through Eventbrite are strongly recommended.

 

The 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts keynote lecture by David Adjaye
“Geography, History, Community: Designing to Context”
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 5–6:30pm

MIT Lecture Hall 10-250
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02130

Free and open to the public, reservations through Eventbrite are strongly recommended.

 

Designing A Place for Inventing the Future: 
The MIT Campus, Then, Now, Next
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 4pm

MIT Kresge Auditorium W16
48 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02130

Participants:
David Adjaye, 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts Recipient
Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning
John Ochsendorf, Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

This two-day symposium is co-sponsored with the MIT 2016 Committee and the MIT Department of Architecture. It will examine architecture and cultures at MIT and their influences on education and student life on campus. Speakers will explore the prescient design of the original buildings and the interdisciplinary, innovative research that they fomented, as well as imagine the teaching and maker spaces of the future.

Free and open to the public, reservations through the panel are strongly recommended.

 

Future of the Museum
Thursday, April 28, 2016 6–7:30pm

MIT Lecture Hall 10-250
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02130

Participants:
David Adjaye, 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts Recipient
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem
Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Charles Renfro, Partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Linda Simpson, artist
Moderated by Meejin Yoon, Professor and Head of MIT Department of Architecture, and Principal of Hӧweler + Yoon

A conversation about the potential of museums to engage diverse and participatory audiences and inviting contemporary artists to lead the way in reconceiving how museums might interact with the public.

Free and open to the public, reservations through Eventbrite are strongly recommended.

 

 

David Adjaye to lead three panel discussions on the future of the library, campus, and museum at MIT

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