Art: Challenge to the Rectangle

Bostonians will have to get used to some radical new architecture across the Charles River Basin on the M.I.T. cam pus. In 1950, M.I.T. commissioned Michigan Architect Eero Saarinen, whose wicketlike design for a Jefferson memorial in St. Louis caused a sensation five years ago (TIME, March 8, 1948), to submit plans for a new campus center with auditorium and chapel. Saarinen's idea: to challenge the age-old rectangle with a new pattern of spheres, cylinders and triangles.

Architect Saarinen's auditorium is as simple and modern as an airplane hangar; he sees it as a...

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