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The Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT - Frank Gehry - Cambridge, Mass
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GT.US
N 42° 21.699 W 071° 05.429
19T E 327851 N 4692047
Quick Description: The Archtecture of the Stata Building is either loved or reviled. It is considered by some to be Gehrys best work.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 2/4/2008 3:55:14 PM
Waymark Code: WM33V0
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 145

Long Description:
Some Quotes from Wikipedia:

According to Robert Campbell of the Boston Globe, "the Stata is always going to look unfinished. It also looks as if it's about to collapse. Columns tilt at scary angles. Walls teeter, swerve, and collide in random curves and angles. Materials change wherever you look: brick, mirror-surface steel, brushed aluminum, brightly colored paint, corrugated metal. Everything looks improvised, as if thrown up at the last moment. That's the point. The Stata's appearance is a metaphor for the freedom, daring, and creativity of the research that's supposed to occur inside it."

The 2005 Kaplan/Newsweek guide "How to Get into College," which lists twenty-five universities its editors consider notable in some respect, recognizes MIT as having the "hottest architecture," placing most of its emphasis on the Stata Center.

Mathematician and architectural theorist Nikos Salingaros has harshly criticized the Stata Center: "An architecture that reverses structural algorithms so as to create disorder -- the same algorithms that in an infinitely more detailed application generate living form -- ceases to be architecture. Deconstructivist buildings are the most visible symbols of actual deconstruction. The randomness they embody is the antithesis of nature’s organized complexity. This is despite effusive praise in the press for 'exciting' new academic buildings, such as the Peter B. Lewis Management Building at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and the Stata Center for Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciences at MIT, all by Frank Gehry. Housing a scientific department at a university inside the symbol of its nemesis must be the ultimate irony".
Architect: Frank Gehry

Building name: The Ray and Maria Stata Center

Year built: 2004

Building's primary use: Other

City: Cambridge

Country: USA

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