About the Competition
This competition is open to ALL currently enrolled student (2009-11).
No experience in a design competition? Don’t worry. Think about things you know about, machines, videos, and things could be collected. Your design could be interactive. Could have moving parts. Could have machines in it, like Geiger Counters real or imagined. It could light up. But remember that it has to be about MIT “mens et manus.”
The competition is to elicit and present designs for filling the four Lobby 7 plinths. Designs are to be created in the spirit of MIT’s official creed “mens et manus”. They should also celebrate the past, present, and future spirit of MIT innovation. This Competition, which is sponsored by The Class of 1954, will be held in two stages. In the first stage there will be 12 finalists, 6 in the undergraduate section and 6 in the graduate section. The finalists will be asked to further develop their designs which will be exhibited in the Wolk Gallery. Each of the 12 finalists will receive $400.00 to cover their expenses for materials. Six winners will be determined from the finalists.
There is no guarantee that any of the winning entries will be built.
Prizes and Exhibition
There will be two sections of student entrants: graduate and undergraduate. Each section will have its own set of prizes: $10,000 for first, $2,500 for second, and $1,000 for third.
In the first round, which ends Nov 5th, 2010, up to 12 finalists, 6 from each section, will be chosen and asked to further develop their entries. Each finalist will be given $400.00 to cover expenses. The prizes will be chosen from this group.
The jury will announce the final prize winners on April 15th, 2011 at a ceremony that will be part of the 150th celebration of the founding of MIT.
The MIT Museum will host an exhibition of the winning entries at the Wolk Gallery in Building 7. The exhibition will take place from April 15th to May 15th, 2011.
The Lobby 7 Design Competition is co-chaired by Harvey Steinberg ’54 and Joseph Blake ’54 and directed by Mark Jarzombek, Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. The Lobby 7 Design Competition is sponsored by the Class of 1954 in partnership with the School of Architecture & Planning, and the MIT Museum, Gary Van Zante, Curator of Architecture and Design.
The jury will consist of distinguished members of the MIT faculty, an engineering alumnus from the Class of 1954, as well as noted architectural professionals from the Boston/Cambridge region.