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Fitting to its status as one of the most internationally recognized educational institution in the entire world, the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or MIT can be compared to taking a walk in an architectural mecca. From the classical, to the contemporary, even to one of the most avant-garde structures in the entire United States, the picturesque MIT campus is truly a sight to behold.

Known for its science and engineering courses, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology rivaled by Harvard as the frontrunner academic institutes in Boston. It was established in 1861. In 1916, it took its permanent place along the Charles River Basin along a sprawling 70-hectare land.
Two of the most popular buildings in the MIT campus were conceptualized and designed by an alumnus of the university William Welles Bosworth. Constructed from 1913 to 1916, the Maclaurin Building is a neo-classical structure with a dome and columns similar to that of Pantheon in Rome. Twenty-one years later, a sister building was built, the Rogers Building, located within the same complex as Maclaurin Building. It fashions a very recognizable portico and a dome like the one that crowns Maclaurin but on a smaller scale.

Right across the Rogers Building is the Kresger Chapel, a petite brick structure standing on moat designed by Eero Saarinen in 1955. The chapel is very minimal without windows. Saarinen also designed the Kresger Auditorium built from 1953 to 1955 located just a stone?s throw away from the chapel. The Kresger Auditorium sports a non-traditional design which appears like a tent owing to its triangular shape made even more dramatic with glass windows. The auditorium stands on a circular brick raised area.

The centerpiece of the Massachusetts of Technology is the Green Building, one of the few high rises within the campus with 21 storeys. It towers over the neighboring structures and was conceptualized by well-known American architect I.M. Pei.

There are other beautiful architectural wonders in the scenic campus, but the Stata Center is something out of the ordinary. With a fa?ade and exterior made in such a way that nothing seems to be in order and more of looking like randomly placed, even looking as if the walls are falling out of the building, this non-conventional structure is definitely a must-see attraction for visitors.

Aside from buildings, there are also a lot of modern sculptures made by prominent artists that are scattered in within the perimeters of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One of this is dubbed as the Big Sail made by Alexander Calder. It?s a contemporary black steel piece of art. Another work of art found within this bustling university is Pablo Picasso?s Figure Decoupee which was made in 1963.

Rounding up the list of the attraction in the MIT Campus is the MIT Museum that speaks loud and clear why MIT has risen to the ranks as one of the most formidable science and engineering academes.
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