Photographer's Note

Pei & Calder

Another photo from the campus grounds of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This is the Green Building, home to the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. It’s the tallest building in Cambridge (90 metres), it was completed in 1964 and designed Araldo Cossutta and I.M. Pei. The Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, one of the world’s leading architects, received his bachelor’s degree from MIT in 1940. His best known work is probably the Pyramid of the Louvre in Paris (1989), which makes it interesting to see Pei’s development as an architect from this concrete rectangle to the glass pyramid 25 years later. The name of the Green Building doesn’t refer to the colour of the building, obviously. The official name is the Cecil and Ida Green Building, who were the principal donors for the building. Cecil Green also got a bachelor’s and master’s degree from MIT and was co-founder of Texas Instruments.

The MIT campus has got many buildings designed by renowned architects. Apart from Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei, whose work I have already shown, buildings by Alvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen can also be found. There's also a lot of art inside and around these buildings, like the artwork in front of the Green Building, which is called La Grande Voile (The Big Sail). It is a work by American sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976).

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Exif data:
Make: SONY
Model: DSC-HX400V
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/1250 sec
F-Stop: f/3.2
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 430/100 mm
Date Taken: 2018-08-10 12:52
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode
File Size: 1262 kb

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