Photos by Ho Yin au
A large portion of the Kendall Square rooftop garden was fenced off as of Thursday. Part of the garden will be replaced by a two-story connector building occupied by Google. The approval process for the connector has been quite controversial, with the City Council approving the work only after believing the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority had done so, though in fact the Authority had no quorum at the time. Last week, CRA Executive Director Joseph Tulimieri resigned amidst questions about his salary and compensation. City Manager Robert W. Healy has appointed Susan Glazer from the city’s Community Development department to head up the CRA in the interim. Both Tulimieri and administrative assistant Tracy Mercer, who also resigned last week, did not respond to requests for comment.
A Cambridge resident checks in at Kresge Auditorium to vote on Tuesday. In addition to the presidential and Massachusetts senate races, the ballot also contained questions regarding physician-assisted suicide and the legalization of medical marijuana. The assisted suicide question, aka Question 2, was narrowly defeated, while the medical marijuana question was overwhelmingly approved.
Hackers decorated Lobby 7 with a dragon and a Mayan calendar on Dec. 17, 2012. MIT’s finals week ended on the same day as the “End of the World,” according to interpretations of the Mayan calendar.
A Quest Diagnostic building in Central Square was one of many properties that have recently been sold in Cambridge, MA.
The scaffolding inside Barker Library’s Reading Room is being dismantled, which will reveal Barker’s newly installed skylight.
A foot crossing was recently opened to the public near building W59. The crossing is part of a new foot path linking Amherst Street and Vassar Street added to improve the safety of pedestrians crossing the tracks.
A Pac-Man motif was placed over the tarp on the top of the Great Dome last Thursday, Jan. 10. The lights on the scaffolding resemble pac-dots.
The reading room was recently reopened to students as a 24/7 study area. Along with the skylight, new efficient lighting systems were installed, as well as new paint that restores the reading room to its original colors.
Installations from the Martin Luther King Jr. Design Seminar (17.920) class, held during IAP, are up in Lobby 10. The class focused on topics such as civil rights, race, and identity. The installation will conclude on Feb. 14, 2013.
Professor Jennifer A. Lewis ’91, an MIT alumna currently doing research at Harvard, presented this spring’s Wulff Lecture, “Printing Functional Materials.” Her presentation covered advances in 3D printing technology and their applications. The Wulff Lecture is designed to introduce the general public and MIT undergraduates to the field of materials science.
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