Friday, November 09, 2007
The Harvard Crimson :: News :: MIT Sues Architect Gehry Over Faulty Building: "Frank O. Gehry, the renowned architect and Design School graduate, is the subject of a negligence suit brought by MIT for alleged flaws in his design of the Stata Center, the 720,000-square-foot academic complex that anchors the campus. MIT filed the suit last week in Suffolk Superior Court, also naming Los Angeles-based architecture firm Gehry Partners and the construction company that built the complex in the lawsuit. MIT claims that design flaws are causing leaks, mold growth, cracks in the building’s masonry, and drainage clogs, according to The Boston Globe. Lisa F. Glahn, one of the lawyers representing MIT, declined to comment on the suit. The complex, called the Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences, was completed in spring 2004 and praised by Pulitzer-Prize winning critic Robert Campbell as “a work of architecture that embodies serious thinking about how people live and work, and at the same time shouts the joy of invention,” according to the Web site of MIT’s facilities department. The complex has been celebrated for its unique design, with slants, angles, and shapes that set it apart from typical laboratory or university buildings."
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