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To accomodate the increased number of registrants, the venue of MDBS'06 will be changed to MIT Media Lab. MIT Media Lab is located 1.3km away from the conference hotel (Hotel Marlowe - a Kimpton Hotel). Directions to the venue are as follows:

City-Wide Map

Details of the walking route from the hotel to the conference site.      


The information below is provided by MIT Media Laboratory.

Address of MIT Media Laboratory

       Building E15
       20 Ames Street
       Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

       Tel:  617-253-5960
       Fax: 617-258-6264

Public Transportation

By Subway: The Media Lab is located on the Red Line at the "Kendall/MIT" stop of the subway. You can transfer to the Red Line without additional fees from any other subway line at the appropriate station. Please check the subway map at your boarding point for more detailed information.

At the Kendall/MIT stop, you will surface on Main Street in Kendall Square. Landmarks include the Marriott Hotel and the MIT Coop. Facing Main Street, with the Marriott Hotel and the MIT Coop to your back, proceed right (west) to the first traffic light. This is the intersection of Main Street and Ames Street, with Legal Seafoods on the corner. Turn left onto Ames Street. The Media Laboratory is about halfway down the block, the second building on the left at 20 Ames Street. It is a large, contemporary, white-tiled building. For information on Boston's public transportation system, including maps and schedules for bus, subway, and commuter rail service, please consult the MBTA.

Cab Companies

Checker Cab Co. 617-497-9000
617-497-1500
Yellow Cab 617-547-3000

Car Services

Boston Coach 617-497-9000
617-884-9090
800-672-7676
617-387-7676 (reservation line)
Commonwealth Limo 617-787-5575
800-558-5466

Driving

From the Massachusetts Turnpike: Exit at "Brighton/Cambridge." Follow signs to Cambridge. The Doubletree Hotel will be on your right. Go straight over the bridge into Cambridge (on River Street) and take your first right onto Memorial Drive. The Charles River will be on your right. Go straight on Memorial Drive, staying to the left and going over the overpass at the Boston University (B.U.) Bridge (past MicroCenter). Staying in the left lane, pass under the next bridge, which is the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue). The first street after that bridge, to the left, is Ames Street - but it is one way in the wrong direction. You will have to take the second left (sign says Kendall Square) onto Wadsworth Street. Take the first left onto Amherst Street. On Amherst Street, take the third right onto Ames Street. The Media Laboratory is the second building on your right. It is a large, contemporary, white-tiled building.

From Logan Airport: Leaving the airport, take the Sumner Tunnel to 93 North. Exit right off of 93 at the Cambridge/Storrow Drive exit. When the ramp splits, bear right following signs to Storrow Drive. Exit left at the Kendall Square exit. At the traffic light, go right onto the Longfellow Bridge. Follow Main Street (Main flows into Broadway) and take a left at the second set of lights (Ames Street). The Media Laboratory will be on your left about a block and a half down Ames Street. Logan International Airport's Web site provides up-to-the-minute information on weather, construction and traffic.

To Logan Airport: Drive away from the river on Ames Street, and make the first right onto Main Street. Follow Main Street to the Longfellow Bridge; proceed over the Longfellow Bridge. At the end of the bridge, there will be signage directing you to Route 93 South. Follow Route 93 South to the Airport exit.

From Route I-93: From I-93, take exit 26, and follow the signs to Back Bay along Storrow Drive West, approximately 1.5 miles, to the exit for Route 2A. The exit will be on the left, just before the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue). The Charles River will be on your right. As you cross the bridge, you will be looking at MIT. At the end of the bridge, turn right on to Memorial Drive. The first street after that bridge, to the left, is Ames Street-but it is one way in the wrong direction. You will have to take the second left (sign says Kendall Square) onto Wadsworth Street. Take the first left onto Amherst Street. On Amherst Street, take the third right onto Ames Street. The Media Laboratory is the second building on your right. It is a large, contemporary, white-tiled building.

From 20 Ames Street to One Cambridge Center: With the Media Lab (20 Ames Street) on your right, continue on Ames Street. Make the first right (Main Street). One Cambridge Center is on the left after the lights (you will see signs for the "T" or subway on both sides of the street), immediately after the plaza in front of the Marriott Hotel. Street parking is not available in this part of Kendall Square.

Packing

There are a few public parking facilities near campus which are available for a fee. The approximate cost for an 8-hour stay is listed below (these parking facilities are not operated by MIT, so rates are subject to change without notice).

  • Marriott Hotel Garage/Cambridge Center-Between Broadway and Ames Streets-$20.00, This garage is the most convenient in proximity to the Media Laboratory.

  • Corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Vassar Street-$9.00
    This is about a 10-15 minute walk from the Media Laboratory.

  • University Park-Green and Landsdowne Streets-$15.00
    5 minute walk to Central Square, 15-20 minute walk to the Media Laboratory.

On-street parking near the Media Lab is extremely rare. Ames Street has limited metered parking and Memorial Drive has free parking, but both are usually full by 8AM.

 

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