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A Monstrous Design

By now, many of you have seen drawings of the proposed atrocity called the LCS Stata Center in the June 2 edition of Tech Talk, postered on the site near the Alumni Pool, and on its own many-paged website. At first I thought the graphics were printing errors, and then I thought they were a hack by the Corporation. But the reality is all too clear.

Now, I don’t know what the architect was on when he came up with the so-called “design concept,” and I don’t care. Well, I don’t care that Dr. Evil designs things while high as a kite, but I do care if this schizo-sheet metal, cuboid, wiggly, earthquake damaged “sculpture” is meant to adorn our mighty Tech.

This harkens back a decade when the administration thought it would be nice to dangle a quarter-million dollar giant hairball in the Student Center to symbolize many things about the MIT student body (no pun intended). When people called me a nerd because I went to MIT, it bounced off me and I was proud of my stone-walled ’tute. But if people started questioning my sanity because of MIT’s newly chosen architecture, I don’t think I could stand it! This... this... hideous THING will undoubtedly devour its way beyond the Great Dome to the top of the list of buildings symbolizing MIT. MIT ugly art is part of our tradition, but not an entire building, for Pete’s sake!

My letter to you is both a plea for sanity and a cry for the students and alumni to rally against the proposed monstrosity. Any research sponsor arriving at the Master Plan’s new East Entrance to MIT will do some rethinking and send the money elsewhere. I’m no master of sarcasm, so I am also asking all students to seize this gargantuanly grotesque opportunity. Ample fuel for your literary creativity is here! But if you don’t speak up soon, we may witness the unholy birth of the Nightmare on Vassar St. At sight of the building, children will flee in terror and need long-term therapy.

I do, however, have a quiet alternative. Being that this horrifically asinine structure is likely to be built, we can take comfort in the thought that it will provide more years of hack opportunities than the Dome ever did. Given that they brought out the scary pictures only after much of the student body left for the summer, my only guess is that Gates, the Statas, and the Corporation are already aware of the design’s hackability. Perhaps the Corporation is planning on charging admission to view the new circus in town.

Peter Neirinckx, ’89