NOTE: Please note we now refer to this as the West Campus Village Initiative.

For over a year a number of FSILG  alumni – now joined by students – have been seeking to incorporate planning for FSILGs residences as part of MIT’s comprehensive West Campus Planning effort now underway.

This web site contains information and contact information relating to this initiative.  There have been many concerns expressed – often based on incomplete information.  As noted in the documents to follow:

PRINCIPLES

What this initiative is . . . . .

  • A voluntary option that will potentially be available
  • A longer range 3-8 year plan
  • Being driven by concerned alumni with support of MIT
  • An approach to a unified plan for the ILGs to support the next generation of MIT students
  • A unique opportunity to be part of MIT’s long-range planning

What this initiative is not . . . . .

  • A mandated approach where one size fits all
  • Relief to the short term issues of the FSILG community
  • A completed plan which has the full benefit of student input

Jan 21 – Student Design Workshop
The most recent activity was the Student Design workshop on Saturday, January 21. This session was attended by 28 students and the purpose was to actually experience the constraints and opportunities offered by a typical West Campus campus site. The session was run by two MIT-trained professional architects and also included an update from two members of MIT’s Center for New Urbanism who have been involved in developing  the West Campus plan principles. The agenda and material are in this Dropbox folder. The folder also includes the notes from the day, as well as the design sketches from each table. People are invited to comment to west-village-feedback@mit.edu.

Benchmarking Report Completed
The Benchmarking Working Group delivered their Final Report on January 12. The nine person group interviewed 22 colleges and organizations who have done work on housing for independent living groups.

November 6, 2016 Student Design Workshop
The initial Student Design Working Group was a very productive brainstorming session. HERE is the transcription of the voting on the ideas generated at the workshop.   Items highlighted in green generated lots of interest – 4 or more votes.  Items highlighted in red were vetoed, meaning someone feels very strongly that the item should not be included in the final plan.

In order to get input from the chapters that were not represented at this session, Caitlyn Mason ’17 developed a  Google form for feedback. The form also allows people to add more elements. As of today, some 108 responses were received and are compiled HERE.

Foundational Documents

Here are two foundational, key documents on this initiative:
Presentation of June 8, 2016 at the FSILG Village Kickoff event prior to the AILG Annual Dinner.
– Presentation to the DSL Visiting Committee in November, 2015 resulted in the endorsement of that group to pursuing this option further.

The West Campus Village Steering Committee consists of the following members:
Stephen DeFalco ’83 SM’88, Committee Chair; Steve Baker ’84 MAR’88, AILG Chair; David Dellal ’17, IFC President; Pamela Gannon ’84, Parent ’16, ’18, AILG Parent Outreach Chair; Prof. Karen Gleason ’82, Associate Provost; Caitlyn Mason ’17, Panhel President; Pravina Samaratunga ’18, LGC Speaker; Bob Ferrara ’67, Senior Director, Division of Student Life. As of January, 2017, two new members joined the Committee, new Panhel President Ayo Fatunde ’18, and incoming IFC President, Robert Binkowski ’18.

Please feel free to contact any of these people or to reach out to them at  fsilg-village-steering-group(at)mit.edu.

Also, there are  three Working Groups to study or develop various aspects of the FSILG Village:
1) The Benchmarking Group seeks to learn from similar efforts at other universities. See above for their report.
2) The Sustainability Group is examining finances and related data
3) The Student Design Group is focusing on creating space that is appealing to students

Here are a few documents that further explain this initiative:
Update of July 28, 2016 for MIT Alumni Association staff
Email of July 14, 2016 to Faculty who are MIT alumni/ae encouraging their involvement.
Letter of April 25, 2016 to the FSILG Community outlines the goals and summarizes progress to date.
Presentation to the AILG Plenary on April 13, 2016 provides even more detail.
– Presentation to the Panhel April 2016 is similar to those presented to IFC and the LGC.

Here are minutes from FSILG Village Community meetings: June 8, 2016 Kickoff
Here are minutes from recent FSILG Village Steering Committee meetings: April 22, 2016; May 2, 2016; May 18, 2016; July 6, 2016; August 25, 2016; September 15, 2016; and October 13, 2016.

The plan for the East Side of the MIT campus (Kendall Square) is a model for the ultimate result of the West Campus planning effort, which we hope will incorporate this FSILG Village.

HERE is a link to other, historical documents from years past.