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What Remains: A London Design Biennale Exhibition

Somali Architecture
on view until September 23

What remains when the war ends? Ruins preserve histories that are often forgotten. In the face of conflict and destruction, ruins are proof that there was something before the wreckage, before the war, and before the painful emotions they now evoke. Not all ruins are the same; some buildings remain standing despite attempts to turn them into rubble. They are manifestations of people’s indestructible hope, resilience, and survival.


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VR, Sound and Cinema: Implications for Storytelling and Learning

MIT Stata Center
Friday, September 28, from 1:30pm

This half-day event hosted by MIT Open Learning will explore the future of storytelling and learning through virtual and augmented reality. We’ll examine human perception and the senses, haptics, and embodiment: the ways in which we express and experience ourselves and others through many forms of media. The event starts with a panel of faculty and industry experts in virtual and augmented reality, cinema, and storytelling, featuring MIT’s own Sanjay Sarma and D. Fox Harrell, and special guests Susan Rodgers and Shekhar Kapur. The second half of the event features an interactive deep dive into 3D audio and psychoacoustics of sound spatialization with pioneers in the field Edgar Choueiri and Mark Mangini.


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What is the History Design Studio?

The History Design Studio is a year-long workshop for developing, critiquing, and producing new projects in multimedia history. Workshops include group discussion, collaborative brainstorming, rapid prototyping exercises, and formal and informal group critique sessions with guest critics. 

In addition to being a physical studio space in the Hutchins Center, equipped with hardware and software for multimedia production, HDS is also a community and network of like-minded scholars, invested in collaborative work and experimental narrative forms. All Harvard students and affiliates are welcome to participate. No design or art experience is necessary. 

We continue to invite participants to our space, throughout the year. Please email us a brief statement of interest, preferably including a project you would like to develop.



designing new modes of historical storytelling