Stata at MIT: Gehry's Great Geek Experiment
"Love it or not, the two-tower, 2.8-acre Stata Center symbolizes everything the institute wants to be....it may be more than a bit Bilbao for some of MIT's engineers, but the interior is hackable, rack-mounted, and user-friendly. It has space for everyone from hardcore theoreticians and linguists to robot-builders.
What Stata is not is 'smart' - no arrays of sensors or touchscreens in the walls, no biometric infrastructure...Roughly 40 percent of the total floor area is devoted to collaborative space, an experiment in supply-side behavior modification...
Stata has 370 lockable offices for 1,000 people...The other great whine is wasted space. The four-story atriums at the bottom of each tower are explained in design specs as accommodating 'experiments that require tall spaces, such as those involving remote-control helicopters.' You don't need a PhD to spot a rationalization...For a great 21st-century research institution, architecture turns out to be marketing."
Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan