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Stata Center, Cambridge

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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The Ray and Maria Stata Center or Building 32 is a 720000sqft academic complex designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The building opened for initial occupancy on March 16, 2004. It sits on the site of MIT's former Building 20, which had housed the historic Radiation Laboratory, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The building's address is 32 Vassar Street.DescriptionIn contrast to the MIT custom of referring to buildings by their numbers rather than their official names, the complex is usually referred to as "Stata" or "the Stata Center" . Above the fourth floor, the building splits into two distinct structures: the Gates Tower and the Dreyfoos Tower, often called "G Tower" and "D Tower" respectively.The building has a number of small auditoriums and classrooms used by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, as well as other departments and on-campus groups. Research labs and offices of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, as well as the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy occupy the upper floors. Academic celebrities such as Noam Chomsky and Ron Rivest, World Wide Web Consortium founder Tim Berners-Lee, and free software movement founder Richard Stallman also have offices in the building.
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  • Went here for a business meeting and then we had a quick tour of the area and the building... Super-cool and amazing people all around! Heart-beating of modern technologies here! I'd like to come back...  read more »
  • What perfect place to have a Frank Geary building in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence faculty. MIT figures very highly in this discipline. You can mainly see the building from the outs...  read more »
  • If you are a fan of interesting architecture, a walk around the Stata Center is worth the trip. This is quintessential Frank Gehry design with whimsical sections playing against each other. Be sure to...  read more »
  • I really don't like this building. Problems: 1) The roof leaks because its poorly designed. 2) Its really hard to get around it because the walk ways are convoluted an inefficient. 3) The cafe food is not good.
  • Great building when you can find your way around it! A map would be awesome MIT.
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