Day 241: The Stata Center
The Ray and Maria Stata Center is an academic complex designed by architect Frank Gehry for MIT. Contained within the building are the Computer Science and AI Laboratory, the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, as well as the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.
Boston Globe architecture columnist Robert Campbell wrote "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... 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." There were also equal number of critics less enamoured of the structure citing among its many faults, the structure's insensitivity to the needs of its inhabitants.