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McDermott Court

In 1965 Alexander Calder came to MIT to direct the assembly of 33 tons of steel plates for his work The Big Sail. Anchoring McDermott Court, the stabile (as in, "opposite of mobile") is framed by an intriguing array of buildings. Standing beside the oldest MIT dorms is I.M. Pei's modernist Green Building, the tallest building in Cambridge. The Green Building houses offices and labs in the departments of chemistry; chemical engineering; and earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences. Across the court and next to Walker Memorial is Building 14, home to the humanities department; music, science and humanities libraries; and the Institute archives.

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