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Images: MIT Media Lab's expansion

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will break ground next spring on a new building to house the MIT Media Lab and the School of Architecture + Planning, the university announced on Tuesday. The 163,000 square-foot building has been designed by Fumihiko Maki, the Pritzker winning architect, and his Maki and Associates firm. Maki is known for innovative airy open floor plans designed to induce social interaction.

This model shows what the south side of the building, whose upper floors will overlook the Charles River, will look like.

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