In 1916, MIT moved from its Boston location to Cambridge; the current campus now encompasses 168 acres that extend more than a mile along the Cambridge side of the Charles River Basin. The heart of the campus is the initial group of interconnecting buildings, designed by architect W. Welles Bosworth (Class of 1889) to facilitate interaction and communication among MIT’s schools and departments.
The architecture on campus now showcases a range of styles, from neoclassical through modernist, brutalist, and deconstructivist. Among the remarkable landmarks on campus are buildings designed by leading architects such as Alvar Aalto, Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, I. M. Pei ’40, and Eero Saarinen. Many of the buildings are compelling inside as well, housing state-of-the-art facilities designed to support MIT’s ongoing research efforts in multiple disciplines. These facilities include wind tunnels, linear accelerators, robot test labs, and—soon to be in construction—a 200,000-square-foot nanotechnology and advanced imaging center.
For students, the campus has 18 residence halls, each with its own distinctive personality and community. The campus also offers on-site bicycle benefits for students and staff, including fix-it stations, secure bicycle cages, and a bike-share program. As a whole, the campus is urban and walkable, with more than 20 gardens and greenspace areas and more than 100 public works of art. At its edges, the campus merges with various Cambridge neighborhoods, including Kendall Square—where the close association of industry and research expertise has made this area the most innovative square mile on the planet.
As the campus continues to develop and improve, MIT is focused on enhancing its sustainability and conservation features. To date, seven buildings have achieved LEED-Gold Certification, including Fariborz Maseeh Hall (W1), Building E62 (home of MIT Sloan), and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research (76). For existing buildings, MIT’s proactive Capital Renewal program is engaged in continuous renewal and renovation projects that ensure the buildings are able to support the community’s educational, research, and student life activities.