Cover illustrator Marcus Martinez SM ’12 created this view of Kendall Square’s transformation—an extension of his previous “Cities As Planets” series of drawings—especially for this issue of Spectrum. An alumnus of the School of Architecture and Planning, Martinez’s projects while at MIT included collaborating at the MIT Media Lab on the conceptual design of the Persuasive Electric Vehicle (which may be spotted in this cover image).

Now based in Houston, Martinez is a cofounder of the urban design and creative think tank UltraBarrio, and his work as a design professional and educator spans the disciplines of architecture, urbanism, and industrial design.

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