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Monday, March 12, 2007

Stata @MIT

The Boston Globe had an article reflecting on the first three years of the Stata building at MIT. I had my first opportunity there as part of the BeyondBroadcasting 2007 event which was held a couple of weeks ago.

You can read the full article here.

I would add that I was impressed with how the mix of old and new helped the building work. The new space arrangement, created odd places along the main 'street' which enabled conversation to just happen as folks gathered. The 'old' technology, chalkboards and big pieces of what we would have called sidewalk chalk were in use to draw out diagrams or the line of thought on boards along the 'street'.

Virtual chalkboards, workspaces are cropping up in the online community to enable collaboration in the internet for folks scattered about the world. But the real chalkboard still has a place where people do gather. An alternative to the chalkboard, the whiteboard with erasable markers was oddly not prevalent in the 'street'.

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