Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)

Exhibits

Housing A National Security Resource

ID: 78
Exhibit Title: Housing A National Security Resource
Institution Name: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Exhibit Date: 01/19/1951-01/20/1951
Notes: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Bemis Foundation sponsored this conference and exhibition entitled, "Housing A National Security Resource," on 01/19/1951-01/20/1951, surveying new, inexpensive alternatives to traditional balloon-frame, sub-division housing. Another conference and exhibition, "Housing Mass Produced," was produced a year later at MIT on 01/14/1952. Pietro Belluschi, the Portland, OR, architect newly installed as the Dean of MIT's School of Architecture, presided over the conference; MIT student, Rai Okamoto, attended the conference as a "MIT Student Course Member." Okamoto later developed a thriving practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Konrad Wachsmann collaborated with Walter Gropius on the General Panel House (built in Los Angeles, CA during the 1940s) which was discussed at this conference and shown in its exhibition.