CSAIL, LIDS and the Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy @ the MIT have something in common. So do Noam Chomsky and Ron Rivest (of RSA fame)
All occupy the same building – The Ray and Maria Stata Center, more popularly known as ‘Building 32’ in MIT circles.
Its claim to fame? See below:
“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. Materials change wherever you look: brick, mirror-surface steel, brushed aluminum, brightly colored paint, corrugated metal. 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.” – A Boston Globe Columnist.