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What happened when MIT decided to stage a pageant? Forget your memories of dowdy high school parades and off-tune solos—MIT re-conceived the notion of pageant. This spring, to celebrate a century in Cambridge, MIT marked the move from Boston with light, color, arts, and elements of MIT’s history.
When MIT moved its campus from a muddle of buildings in Boston’s Copley Square to its new waterfront location in Cambridge 100 years ago, it was an “impressive goodbye,” according to the Boston Daily Globe. MIT celebrated that first river crossing this spring with festivities including a community parade. This video profiles the creation of the 200-pound brain that won the parade competition.
The Buoy Stone was built in celebration of MIT's 2016 campus centennial, marking 100 years since the Insitute moved across the Charles River from Boston to Cambridge. This megalith is the second in a series of projects by lecturer Brandon Clifford that investigates how knowledge from the past — particularly focusing on mass, weight, and gravity — can inform contemporary architectural practice.
One hundred years ago today, on June 14, 1916, MIT and the American Telephone and Telegraph Company attempted the largest transcontinental telephone circuit of the time. People were skeptical when MIT alumni proposed a gathering of 1,500 in Boston's Symphony Hall that would link alumni from around the country with a complicated telephone circuit, especially since phones were still a novel technology.
They arrived via water and over land, by raft and hydrofoil, on foot and in experimental vehicles. Some paddled. Some danced. Some walked alongside robots. In all, hundreds of members of the MIT community on Saturday celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Institute’s move from Boston into Cambridge, Massachusetts with a unique procession across the Charles River, fueled by humor and creativity.