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There are 23 comments on BU’s Center for Computing & Data Sciences is Taking Shape

  1. What is the difference in cost for this
    elaborate design and a conventional
    building? It seems to me that savings
    should be applied to more practical
    uses such as scholarships, curriculum,
    quality of teaching, etc.

    1. You guys are crazy. It’s the opposite. You need something that stands out to signal that we are on the forefront of capturing the future. The building will stand for 100+ years, make the investment to signal we are the future.

      1. At first, I was against the idea of the BU’s Center for Computing & Data Sciences building. It was so different but in retrospect this uniquely designed building is necessary for BU plans for the future. Many say it doesn’t fit into the area/brownstones/whatever…but I have opened my eyes and realized we went to college to learn to think outside the box. This building is today (not the past) and 100 years from now many will be glad some people were visionaries in 2022. Visionaries found out the world was not flat in the 1400’s. 1960’s visionaries made it to the moon. AI and the new world is ahead and I rather BU stand out and lead than blend in with other universities and the new world ahead…

  2. I have to say that it looks very out of place with the other buildings on this historic road and it looks very odd in its location. All the back bay buildings are old and beautiful and this is new and rather ugly.It changes the landscape and historic importance of the buildings around it.
    And I agree with Robert Ware above, why build such an elaborate building rather than build a building that fits into the environment around it. And use the money for more practical uses such as scholarships. I certainly wouldn’t want to walk by this building on a daily basis.

  3. I’m so disappointed in the design. It’s jarring in our city of beautiful and unique buildings.

    f it’s meant to make a statement, and not blend at all with the landscape or it’s surroundings, its working. BU taught me that architecture is art and opinion is in the eye of the beholder. In which case… it’s awful in it’s location. This would work in many other cities but not Boston.

    Too late, but doesn’t mean anyone has to like it. Unless the plan is to fully obscure with a tarp, I’m not a fan.

  4. I love this building, and so much so, that it is a daily habit of mine to watch on the webcam to see the progress being made on the installation of the curtain wall. I also subscribe to weekly updates. I was at BU when the School of Management was being built, and that was also fascinating to me. Some of us may remember that there was criticism leveled at President Silber for being so bold, and for the University undertaking such cost re Questrom. Change is not always easy to accept.

  5. Perhaps this would work if next to the old Law School Tower, but not standing there alone. And whatever it is, it will not look like a stack of books unless they make one side of each “book” look like a binding and the other three look like a stack of paces. Not likely, I think. So, yes, a monstrosity.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the high winds roaring down Comm Ave at time play havoc with the facing materials. Those cantilevers are likely to become wind tunnels.

    1. It really is like there was no lesson learned re: the law school tower. The law school tower has been on the list of Boston’s ugliest buildings for decades and BU said, “Hold my beer,” and designed this one.

    1. I agree. Twenty years back, some people in the BU community hated the Photonics building as it was being built, and as I mentioned, the Harari building (HAR). However, a great research University cannot thrive in itty bitty Brownstones forever. Thankfully, as more and more of these outstanding projects are completed, they are not only of benefit to students and faculty, but they come together to define the University as far-seeing. I also remember when there was much debate over President Silber’s endeavors to bring renowned persons to the University, such as the late Professor Elie Wiesel, et al. Some of my peers did not think these writers/scholars would add anything meaningful to the stature of the University… Respectfully, I end by saying I hope the students love this building even more for what happens within it.

  6. Our comments are an interesting view of change while it’s happening, but the future generations will judge this as good or bad, pretty or ugly, spectacular or folly with better perspective. These same comments could be heard as the John Hancock building was built – now a signature (no pun intended) building of our landscape. As growth and advancement arrive more quickly than ever, the amount of change looking 40 years in the future might be like looking 140 years into the past. In 40 years, this may be the smallest building left in the neighborhood!

    But one thing that will not diminish with the years, is how responsible to our time we were in building it. Especially being here in Boston, with us, hopefully, a leader in the country for sustainable energy, I hope this building is as forward thinking as they claim. I have heard it will have no fossil fuel usage – I hope that’s literally true, and not just a ‘net’ usage. Emergency backup is one thing, but would love to hear that all the electricity in this building is from solar, wind, geothermal, and other renewable power sources (especially considering how much power is needed in a computer center); and that the designer used creative angled shading to insulate from the sun when high in the sky (summer), and allow as much in as possible when it is lower in the sky (winter). I hope the best insulation is doubled up in this building so that it barely needs heating and cooling in the first place. Let this be also a smart building, that also utilizes resources where needed, and reduces their usage where they are not.
    Beyond its energy usage, hopefully just as much effort is put into saving its water usage. That all water is recycled from all faucets into grey water used for all the toilets, and that all black water from the toilets be filtered and used for a rooftop and greenhouse garden area… even the perspiration from our bodies can be funneled by the building collected and utilized! It would be nice to see BU use the vast brain power at its disposal to come up with at least one groundbreaking advancement for this building in one of these areas.

    In Boston especially, we love to hold on to our fantastic architecture from the last several hundreds of years – and rightfully so – our incredible churches and so familiar brownstones, much of which was brought over from Europe, but we also pride ourselves on being forward and revolutionary thinkers, and leaders in social responsibility. So let this building fit into the category of revolutionary architecture and forward-thinking artistic expression for Boston, but if we are to spend the money – let it also lead the world in socially responsible energy usage, and teach the world how we can happily live without destroying our environment, and without wasting its most precious resources for future generations. If we could start that ball rolling faster, not a dime spent on this building could have gone to a more worthy cause.

  7. Is new structure a copy-cat architecture of a similarly designed building at M.I.T?

    It looks like an erector set from childhood made large. Design does not reflect architecture of most if not all of the other B.U. structures.

    It will be an attention-getter, but a simpler design could have accomplished the same square foot goal. Maybe mirrored glass in the structure would bring added attention to the computer science building and curriculum.

    Claire Deveney
    COM 1965

  8. A spectacular new edition to the Boston skyline and to Boston University. Boston is an incredible city with a deep and rich political, cultural and economic history which is reflected in many areas of gorgeous, fully intact and protected historic architecture (Beacon Hill, Back Bay, South End, North End and many landmarks dotted throughout the area the Old State House, colonial churches, the original MIT and Harvard buildings etc. But equally important it has an incredibly bright and exciting future with knowledge industries like AI, Biotech, Life Sciences, computer sciences, education etc. propelling it to currently the 29th largest economy in the world ahead of cities like Hong Kong etc, It is fitting that this building and other new and recent ones in the Boston area – the MIT Stata Center, Harvard’s new Paulson School of Engineering in Alston and Northeastern’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering School should also reflect this exciting new future in bold and striking modern architecture.

  9. This building is an eyesore when viewed from any vantage in Boston or Cambridge. I’m sure it will offer nice views from the inside to the limited number of students and staff who study and work there and I laud the attempt at eco-responsible building, but it is ultimately a fail and a blight on the city skyline. Not sure how this structure gained approval, and I suspect there was very little local community involvement or input to the process. What a shame.

  10. I applaud the sustainability features of the building, but it doesn’t align with the character of the area. It stands as “out of place” and I don’t envision it will be an attraction for future BU CDS students. It diminishes the elegance of the surrounding buildings.

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