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Professor Ochsendorf and CEE Alumnus Matthew DeJong Presented at Venice Biennale

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The Venice Architecture Biennale, held every two years at the sprawling Arsenale (above) and Giardini grounds on the city’s eastern tip, opens this weekend. This year’s focus on architecture’s ability to address global challenges — including numerous installations and projects from MIT faculty, students, and alumni — may indicate a paradigm shift for architecture, participants say.On May 28, the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale opened, displaying work from architects and designers who have responded to a charge to “report from the front” on major challenges and issues facing humanity around the globe. Among the participants at the opening were Professor John Ochsendorf and CEE alumnus and Cambridge University senior lecturer Matthew DeJong SM ’05 PhD ’09. Ochsendorf and DeJong are a part of two projects that demonstrate the structural, economic, and environmental benefits of compression vaults. Ochsendorf says, “It’s exciting to be here, but it’s also very exciting to have a chance to showcase our research over 15 years coming to fruition and having a chance to share that with the world.” The biennale extends through Nov. 27. Read more on MIT News.