School of Architecture and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave, Room 9-266
Cambridge, MA 02139


Getting Started

CRON provides a range of computer hardware and software and facilitates access to other computational resources on campus for both the Department of Architecture and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. CRON can advise users on equipment to purchase, and manages the day-to-day operations of both departments' computing infrastructure.

CRON maintains an environment in which information technology is easily accessible to serve required coursework, independent study and research. It manages a complex computer network supporting Macintosh, Windows and Linux operating systems.

Software provided includes office productivity suites, two- and three-dimensional computer aided design (CAD), modeling, rendering, animation, video editing, multimedia, image processing, geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, and structural, heat and lighting analysis packages. Where software licenses allow, software is available for installation on student-owned computers without charge.

Hardware includes color and black-and-white laser printers, wide-format plotters, scanners (flatbed, slide and wide-format), digital cameras, portable projectors, fully automated podcast production, and video equipment. Computers are located in studios, classrooms, labs and other areas. Many areas are equipped with plasma screens or overhead projectors. Refer to pages of this web site to learn where equipment is located. During the academic term, computer facilities are available 24 hours a day to students enrolled in either departments' academic programs. In addition to the departments' facilities, all MIT students have access to workstations in Athena clusters located throughout the MIT campus.

There is no fee for using the computers in the public areas, but students are charged a subsidized rate for printing, plotting, photocopying, thesis printing, distributed software and sundry. A 'Facilities Fee' charge appears on students' Bursar's statement each term as does a monthly 'CRON Monthly Plot Fee' for those using plotters.

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