Worlds & World-building

Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Building 7, 429
77 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, Cambridge, MA 02139

Storytelling Space Group

This symposium, convened by the Storytelling Space Group, brings together scholars, architects, psychologists, geographers, artists, and authors to discuss worlds, world-building, and the potentials of world-building as a provocative tool for designers of the built environment. An audacious feat of the imagination, world-building creates rich, challenging, and daunting worlds. As a process, it offers a medium for escaping to the fantastic, the banal, and the dark. Built worlds open up imaginations both deeply personal and overpoweringly collective. They invite exploration, examination, and experimentation with pressing ecological, economic, and political issues. The interdisciplinary group will speculate on how a rekindled discourse on imagination & world-building prompts new insights into our relationship with objects, spaces, and environments, but also with each other, our future, and the worlds in which we are all enmeshed. 

And, of course, in the end we want to tell better stories and build better worlds.


Friday, February 9, 2018
Jerry Gretzinger, Keynote
6:00 PM, Room 7-429


Saturday, February 10, 2018

1:30 Introduction

2:00-3:30 Panel 1: Worlds

4:30-6:00 Panel 2: World-Building

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Public, MIT Community, Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff

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School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P)


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