John Maeda Stands Up for Frank “The Leakster” Gehry

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By way of Archinect, we learned that John Maeda is standing up for Frank Gehry, right here in this post on his site. As we reported a few days back, MIT, Madea’s employer, is suing Gehry for leaky pipes in his Stata Center. Instead of instantly siding with where his paycheck comes from, he’s taken a completely different route, saying how embarrassed he is by what he perceives is a pointless lawsuit, stating from the start, “Architects are not plumbers.” Here’s a little more from his great response:

So, as my alma mater and employer MIT engages in suing an architectural legend and icon, I can’t help but feel it’s sort of like suing Picasso for a bad painting or else like suing Paul Rand for a bad logo design. It’s sort of embarrassing from my perspective as a creative really. Sure I get the whole business perspective and all…but there isn’t a single day when I see people photographing the Stata Center due to its incredibly interesting and innovative forms/moments. Innovation is by nature a risky business — it’s something I learned from MIT.