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MIT East Campus Planning Study

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA


The East Campus of MIT is a 28-acre area along the Charles River that connects the central part of the campus to its eastern edge and includes a variety of building types and uses. The challenge of this project is to create a master plan that responds to these surroundings, accommodates the present and future needs of the university, and respects MIT’s commitment to the following campus-planning principles: communications, accessibility, connectivity, place-making, flexibility, comfort, compatibility, and economy.


The master plan proposed by IKM features the creation of a major outdoor campus space. Pedestrian axes will be developed, along with an internal path connection between the residential tower and the campus’ Main Corridor. New campus buildings will provide 650,000 sf of new academic space and a performing arts space. Parking will be consolidated into two new underground parking facilities, and on-street parking will be handled in a manner that improves the pedestrian environment.


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