Whatever happened to 'OpenAtelier'. John Maeda made an announcement about this concept a couple of years ago and it seems to have stalled. I was really excited about the idea when I first read about it.
All they have posted so far is the 'Treehouse Studio' site - a prototype for the Atelier which is a bit thin so far. It certainly doesn't represent a creative or 'unimaginable space'...as the Aesthetics and Computation group mission statement promises.
"At the MIT media laboratory aesthetics + computation group we work toward the design of advanced system architectures and thought processes to enable the creation of (as yet) unimaginable forms and spaces."
I'll keep coming back until I see something awe inspiring...