Comments & Discussion

Boston University moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (EST) and can only accept comments written in English. Statistics or facts must include a citation or a link to the citation.

There are 18 comments on An Iconic Building Rises: Photo Gallery Traces Construction of BU’s Center for Computing & Data Sciences

    1. Agree. It’s a fascinating design and great environmental innovations, but it just does not work well with the rest of campus buildings. And at $1million/foot, it was hardly a bargain.

  1. Good morning! In my Art History class in the ’60s, my lecturer quoting someone, whose name eludes me, said: “On first impression, true art strikes one as either the most beautiful or ugliest object one has ever seen. Behold true art!

  2. I may call it “a disco ball for blockheads”, but I’m thrilled that we have a forward looking building and a break from “it can be anything, as long as it is made of red bricks and looks like every other red brick building”. As for blending in with the surroundings, it will always blends in with the surrounding sky.

  3. I’m extremely excited about the new building, as a Data Science minor it will be very helpful to have a more cohesive sense of community. Currently, all of our classes are spread out throughout the campus. Also, the structure of the building brings a futuristic and youthful aura to our campus.

  4. This is more than an iconic, eco-friendly structure, it is art; a brash, bold, self-confident statement breathing new life into its neighborhood and heralding BU’s promise of leadership in cutting-edge science and technology.

  5. As a student who has watched the construction of this building since its conception, I have been in awe of how something a university can spend so much money on can be so ugly. While its obvious the unique (or should I say abnormal) building shape is clearly as a way to create an identifiable BU landmark in the Boston skyline, the building is frankly an eyesore, ruining the otherwise charming character of the CRC, and blinding drivers on Comm Ave daily with its glaring and reflective exterior. Considering Warren towers is deteriorating as we speak, maybe some of the budget could have been allocated towards this instead of a futuristic staircase that will inevitably never be used. Rhett does not approve :’(

  6. I love the new building! I’m proud of BU for building such a “green” building. I love that it will have such fabulous light and amazing views. The photo essay was terrific too, and I’m walking away with a serious appreciation for all of the builders. That is some incredible construction work outdoors in all of the elements.

  7. I was a BU freshman in 1965. I would park my car in the alley that was behind the new building. If I had to lose my parking space to this building, I approve.

  8. This facility may succeed in providing students, faculty and the world with educational results for which it was intended, but as a traditionalist, and a BU graduate of the late 60’s, the building is “UGLY!” Does not maintain the serenity and look of the campus or Boston. Could have just as easily been built carbon free in a more harmonious way.

  9. Love the photo by Janice Checchio showing the campus and new building at night complete with a full moon and reflections on the Charles River. Well done, Janice.
    I’m learning to like the design.

Post a comment.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *