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Revenge of the Nerds: MIT Sues Gehry

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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DECONSTRUCTIONIST ZONE Stata

After three years of watching its Stata Center leak, break, and grow mold, the pocket protector brigade at MIT finally grew a pair and slapped star-chitect Frank Gehry with a lawsuit for the shiny monstrosity. The 78-year-old, who was paid $15 million for the building, remains "immensely proud" of it.

The nerds in charge of the drip-catching buckets insist on the project's deficiencies, particularly some cranky reviewers on yelp.com. The site is lit up with slams ranging from "there's never anywhere to sit down that's comfortable" and "it's poorly designed for everyday use" to "almost certainly Gehry's career low."

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This is not, of course, Gehry's first foray into architectural flubs. Perhaps his most high profile screw-up is the jagged eyesore-turned-human-frying reflector known as the Disney Concert Hall in L.A.

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