Photographer's Note

Frank Gehry's wacky architectural design is on full display here at MIT's 400,000-square-foot Ray and Maria Stata Center. Built in 2004, it houses labs, offices, classrooms, and meeting rooms, and features a "street" that winds through the ground floor.

Gehry won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1989. For a time, Gehry's work used "unfinished" qualities as a part of the design. As Paul Goldberger, New York Times Architecture Critic described it, "Mr. Gehry's architecture is known for its reliance on harsh, unfinished materials and its juxtaposition of simple, almost primal, geometric forms...(His) work is vastly more intelligent and controlled than it sounds to the uninitiated; he is an architect of immense gifts who dances on the line separating architecture from art but who manages never to let himself fall."

The difficult climate extremes in the northeast have not been kind to this architecture. I believe a lawsuit by Massachusetts Institute of Technology is still pending to correct some of the damage caused by ice and snow. None the less, I am thrilled to see his design so close to home.

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