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"Unbuilt WPI" Exhibit and Reception

Thursday, Mar 3, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST
Salisbury Labs LoungeMap Location

Please join us for a reception and walking tour of the "Unbuilt WPI" exhibit, an Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) exploring the Worcester Polytechnic Institute that could have been... The IQP team (Tyler Chaulk, Elizabeth Bernier, and Katherine Tattersall) was advised by Professor David Samson (art and architectural history, HUA).

This display, inspired by recent WPI 150 celebrations, is part of a visual timeline exhibit located around campus.  Each display presents proposed designs for WPI buildings ultimately constructed differently or, in some cases, not at all. WPI's Curation, Preservation, and Archives department provided the images and information for most of the displays. Additional information and images of WPI's campus under construction can be found in Archives, located on Level G of Gordon Library.

The reception and walking tour takes place on March 3, 4-5:30, starting in the first floor lounge in Salisbury Labs. Refreshments will be served. The event will begin with a short presentation by the IQP team, followed by a walking tour of exhibits in Boynton Hall, the Gordon Library, the Rubin Campus Center and Atwater Kent. 

The IQP team has found especially rich material on proposed humanities and administration buildings from the 1960s, on a semi-underground academic complex for the Quad, and on unbuilt variant versions of Boynton, Goddard, the Campus Center, and the Pi Alley addition to Atwater Kent. Discarded master plans for the campus have also caught their interest as indications of "end games" for the WPI mission which were for one reason or another given up. We plan exhibit cases in Boynton, Salisbury, Gordon, the Rubin Campus Center and AK for display during C term.

As WPI reviews architectural plans for the new Foisie Innovation Studio, please take some time to consider abandoned architectural plans from our past.