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The 2012 Harleston Parker Medal goes to MIT’s Media Lab Complex



The Boston Society of Architects in partnership with the City of Boston has selected The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab Complex as the 2012 winner of the Harleston Parker Medal Award. Established in 1921 by Boston architect J. Harleston Parker, the prestigious award is presented to "such architects as shall have, in the opinion of the Boston Society of Architects... completed the erection for any private citizen, association, corporation, or public authority, the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument or structure within the limits of the City of Boston or of the Metropolitan Parks District."

Designed by the Tokyo-based architectural firm of Pritzker Prize-winner Fumihiko Maki and Associates in collaboration with the Boston based firm of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the Media Lab Complex has been called by Robert Campbell as the "world’s most exquisite building." The new Media Lab Complex is an incredibly detailed building beautifully marrying engineering, architecture and art with Japanese sensibilities.

Past recipients of the Harleston Parker Medal include the addition to the Cambridge Public Library by the Cambridge firms of William Rawn Associates with Ann Beha Architects, Simmons Hall at MIT by Steven Holl Architects and Perry Dean Rogers Partners, the Honan-Allston Branch/Boston Public Library by Boston firm of Machado and Silvetti Associate, and the Davis Art Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College by Rafael Moneo and Payette Associates.

For more images of the MIT Media Lab Complex, click here.


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Anulfo AKA The Evolving Critic is a preservationist and blogger with a strong interest in architectural history, urbanism, and the parallels between fashion and architecture. He holds degrees in Tourism Planning and Development from the University of New Hampshire and in the History of Art and Architecture from Boston University. Anulfo has written for the Boston Society of Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He oversaw BR&S's blog, Our Daily Red, from 2012-14.

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