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The MIT Campus

Our 154-acre campus stretches more than a mile along the leafy Cambridge banks of the Charles River, literally minutes from the lively heart of Boston and of Cambridge itself. The central group of interconnecting buildings - sporting the domes and columns you may associate with MIT - was designed in 1916 by architect W. Welles Bosworth (Class of 1889). He chose an open, flowing, flexible floor plan to encourage easy communication and intellectual exchange among schools and departments. As MIT grew, it carried forward this idea of openness and linkage, so that now nearly all of our buildings are seamlessly connected to each other, allowing you to pass from one to another without ever stepping outside (an especially welcome feature in winter).

Subsequent growth saw the construction of landmark buildings by leading architects including Alvar Aalto, I. M. Pei '40, Eero Saarinen and Eduardo Catalano. Through a massive new building campaign, the campus has recently gained signature structures from the drawing boards of Kevin Roche, Steven Holl and Frank Gehry.

One of the most ambitious building initiatives in the history of MIT is now nearing completion. Over the last five years, more than ten major construction projects have transformed the campus. The new facilities support what is most unique about MIT: its ability to use leading-edge science and technology to tackle the world's most challenging problems.

Visit the Evolving Campus Web Site to learn more about MIT's new building projects, including the Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences and the new Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex.

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