MIT Island: An Architectural Wet Lab

Instructors: Gediminas Urbonas and Tobias Putrih

As part of this emerging research area at ACT, 4.373 introduces students to the topological and conceptual problematics of the Island from the viewpoint of various cultures, climates, and geo-political settings. Participants will consider the Island as way of thinking—with its associated dreams and nightmares, ecologies and systems, freedoms and restrictions—and how it relates to artistic process, production, and potential. Participants will design island-based interventions to be launched on the Charles River in May, 2016, in conjunction with MIT’s Centennial celebration. The raft provided at the MIT sailing pavilion will act as our Island: the MIT Island, a heterotopic space of speculation and celebration and focal point for participant projects. Readings will be assigned to support the development of individual and collective projects. Mondays 9:30 AM–12:30 PM will serve as lab and workshop time and Mondays 7:00 PM–9:00 PM will typically be programmed with visits from contemporary artists, curators, and scientists, in-class presentations, and reading discussions.


  • Credit: hass-e, hass-a
  • Schedule: M 9:30-12:30; M 7-10
    Location: e15-001