It’s been a month since Oscar Niemeyer died, the great modern architect, the father of Brasilia, winner of Pritzke which is the most important international prize for architecture. Winner of the same prize is Frank Gehry, one of the most famous archi-stars of the United States.
Gehry was responsible for the design of the Ray and Maria Stata Center the photography research center of the legendary MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in Cambridge, Boston, Massachusetts which was completed in 2004, instead of the “Building 20” (literally the building number 20), which has for years hosted many of the most important scientific research at MIT.
An art critic commented on the work after his inauguration: “Looking at the Centre seems to be like looking for an unfinished work, on the verge of collapse, with columns that form scary angles, walls that steer and collide with random curves, and materials that change everywhere you look: brick, mirror-surface steel, brushed aluminum, brightly colored paint, corrugated metal. Everything looks improvised, as if it had been pulled up at the last moment. And this is precisely the point. The appearance of the Stata Center is a metaphor for freedom, boldness and creativity of the research, to reproduce what happens in the studios and classrooms on the inside.”