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That would be neat, but there's not much to reach across the tracks to connect to – just the parking garage (which I'd happily redevelop, but seeing as it's right next to the expanded cogeneration plant, probably isn't at the top of the list of desirable sites).

Agreed, but I like the idea of reaching across the tracks with a building like building 46. There is a surface lot at 139 Mass ave and some space on the other side next to some older facilities. Seems strange that that spot has remained a surface lot so long considering its location. A bit further away from the existing programs the new college is supposed to be working with, but closer to student housing.

The parcel bounded by main st, albany and portland seems like the best bet as it lines up the buildings that house those programs.
 

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From the original link, THIS is what hit me:

".....create 50 new faculty positions that will be located both within the College and jointly with other departments across MIT — nearly doubling MIT’s academic capability in computing and AI;"


Now think about THAT. That's 50 top notch computer/AI minds coming to Boston to compete for a future Nobel Prize/start the next trillion dollar company. Domino Effect.
 

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From the original link, THIS is what hit me:

".....create 50 new faculty positions that will be located both within the College and jointly with other departments across MIT — nearly doubling MIT’s academic capability in computing and AI;"


Now think about THAT. That's 50 top notch computer/AI minds coming to Boston to compete for a future Nobel Prize/start the next trillion dollar company. Domino Effect.
50 new faculty is a lot. That easily translates into 500 PhD students and postdocs.
 

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I love the butterflies. I hope they (and the J) migrate over to the new building.
 

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The ugliest campus in America flexing more muscle than most small countries.
 

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I like this track facing view... maybe someday there could be a rail or BRT stop here along with a pedestrian walkway/trail. Would be good if this project could spur interest along those lines.

Great news regardless... MIT is really starting to shape up some of the old utilitarian sides of campus.

Will be great to see the design come out in the coming months and it looks like we won't have to wait long for construction to begin.
 

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Dunno if anyone cares as this is a minor update, but SOM was chosen as the architect: http://news.mit.edu/2019/3q-dan-huttenlocher-formation-mit-schwarzman-college-computing-1126

Also those butterflies have been moved to the Wang Fitness Center.
Interesting looking at some of their other work.

Something I hadn't thought of before.... it is somewhat of a constrained location. I know campus buildings don't lend themselves to being tall with ten minutes to get between classes sometimes. But looking at some of their tall designs... what about going a bit taller here? Architecturally risky being behind and to the right of the dome so it would be very prominent from across the river. Putting academic and conference space on lower levels with offices and study spaces higher up. It would have to be very attractive and timeless, and not flavor of the day architecture, to be worth going much taller than the dome.
 
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Interesting looking at some of their other work.

Something I hadn't thought of before.... it is somewhat of a constrained location. I know campus buildings don't lend themselves to being tall with ten minutes to get between classes sometimes. But looking at some of their tall designs... what about going a bit taller here? Architecturally risky being behind and to the right of the dome so it would be very prominent from across the river. Putting academic and conference space on lower levels with offices and study spaces higher up. It would have to be very attractive and timeless, and not flavor of the day architecture, to be worth going much taller than the dome.
From what I heard, MIT does what they can to make sure the Dome isn't encroached on by new development. I dont think they would put anything with height here. If they wanted height MIT controls a number of other sites where they could put it.
 

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No, MIT can build tall around the dome...look at the Green Building, even closer than this site, and 300 ft tall.

This probably will max out at around 10 stories for three reasons, though:

1. Zoning. I'm pretty sure the height limits here max out at around 150 ft.

2. This will likely be a lab building with wet lab support. Those are expensive/difficult to build too tall.

3. There's nothing else close, except the Green building, that's over 10 stories. Stata across the way is 9 stories. It'd feel weird from an urban design perspective to suddenly have a 300ft tower or whatever.
 

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No, MIT can build tall around the dome...look at the Green Building, even closer than this site, and 300 ft tall.

This probably will max out at around 10 stories for three reasons, though:

1. Zoning. I'm pretty sure the height limits here max out at around 150 ft.

2. This will likely be a lab building with wet lab support. Those are expensive/difficult to build too tall.

3. There's nothing else close, except the Green building, that's over 10 stories. Stata across the way is 9 stories. It'd feel weird from an urban design perspective to suddenly have a 300ft tower or whatever.
Really, just throwing it out there. I wasn't thinking tall tall. 300 feet kinda tall would be more like it if they could make it stand up beautiful.

I don't think it would be wet lab space. It sounded more like classrooms, auditorium(s) and some common areas on the lower levels and lab space would be more electronics and computer science focused, so not much or any wet labs. Higher levels aren't practical for much more than offices or something like a function space with a view at a higher level (like the media lab function space).

Standing out is kinda the point of what I am saying. Given that it is supposed to be a new center of the biggest program on campus I think it probably should stand out. Not if it is ugly of course, so it is risky to think 250 or 300 feet. But maybe it could make sense given the right architecture, massing and space needs.

But really I don't think they "need" to do anything here other than build out the right mix of space and leave room for the trains, busses and rail trail in the back. Just thought it might be interesting to think about.
 

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No, MIT can build tall around the dome...look at the Green Building, even closer than this site, and 300 ft tall.

This probably will max out at around 10 stories for three reasons, though:

1. Zoning. I'm pretty sure the height limits here max out at around 150 ft.
Can does not mean they will. It has much less to do with zoning and what is currently on campus and everything to do with brand management and the institute's leadership. I believe they specifically do not want buildings encroaching on the dome as viewed from the Charles, the Green building does not do that.
 

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Can does not mean they will. It has much less to do with zoning and what is currently on campus and everything to do with brand management and the institute's leadership. I believe they specifically do not want buildings encroaching on the dome as viewed from the Charles, the Green building does not do that.
I'm not sure what height is considered encroaching, but this area already has a bevy of buildings around and above 100 ft - Stata Center, Fairchild Building (36), Brain and Cognitive Sciences (46), and the Tech Square Novartis building.
 

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