Designing MIT: Bosworth's New Tech
Mark JarzombekISBN: 1555536190;
Book DescriptionChartered in 1861, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lay in financial crisis with an assortment of laboratories, classrooms, offices, and student facilities scattered across Boston?s Back Bay by the turn of the century. But in 1912, backed by some of the country?s leading financiers and industrialists, MIT officials purchased an undeveloped tract of land in Cambridge, launching a long and complex review of proposals for a new quadrangle. Based largely on the recommendation of John D. Rockefeller Jr., the commission was awarded to MIT and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts-trained architect William Welles Bosworth, known for his AT&T Building in Manhattan, and Kykuit, the Rockefeller mansion in Tarrytown, New York. Designing MIT is the first book to detail Bosworth?s challenges in the planning and construction of the Institute?s unique Cambridge campus. Beginning with an examination of the competing project proposals?from Steven Child,...
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