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Last Published: April 14, 2016
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Photos by Sam Range

President Barack Obama waves to the cheering crowd in Kresge Auditorium after his introduction by Prof. Ernest J. Moniz, Director of the MIT Energy Initiative, on Friday. The President visited MIT to view laboratories and deliver a speech regarding his administration’s energy policy.

Workers begin grinding the marble chunk-infused floor of the Media Lab extension’s central atrium, which will be polished to a glossy finish. The expanse of interconnected airspaces surrounding the atrium necessitated smoke curtains (left) for emergency air evacuation, shown here closed for testing.

Multicolored staircases visibly connect the floors of E14, the Media Lab extension. Architect Fumihiko Maki designed the building with many spiral staircases, straight staircases, and elevators to encourage movement and interaction between floors.

The Media Lab Extension construction site is seen at night from the eastern parallel of East Campus in this high dynamic range image compilation.

Students sit atop a plinth in the corner of Lobby 7 as pedestrians walk past on Nov. 5. The Class of ’54 will be holding a student contest for designs to sit atop the pedestals, which were left unfinished after Lobby 7 was built in 1939.

Professor Hiroshi Ishii, Associate Director of the Media Lab and head of the Tangible Media Group, returns a volley in a game of table tennis during opening-day tours of the Media Lab extension. The table is equipped with object tracking and a projector, which projects fish onto the table that swarm to where the ball lands.

William Lark G from the Media Lab’s Smart Cities Group shows visitors a scale model of the foldable CityCar. The Media Lab extension (E14) can display larger models than the old Media Lab (E15) could accommodate.

After a weekend of non-stop rain, large puddles and waterlogged debris have turned the machine shop at East Campus into a soggy mess. See article, page 13.

The untitled stainless steel sculpture, by Anish Kapoor (India, b.1954), is the latest addition to MIT’s public art collection.

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