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09-24-2012, 12:18 PM
From L.A. Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-kutler-center-20120923,0,2069565.story) by Bob Pool:

During his short life Brendan Kutler had many passions computer science, Japanese culture, photography, world music, astrophysics, filmmaking, tennis, poetry and blogging.

So it's no wonder that the Harvard-Westlake high school senior who died from an undiagnosed heart condition at age 17 will be memorialized at his school with a new building that seeks to expose youngsters to a wealth of subjects in a nontraditional way.

Students have begun moving into the Kutler Center for Independent Research and Interdisciplinary Studies, a two-story structure that links a building that houses history and foreign-language classes with one that contains the school's library.

"It's a bridge building," said Brendan's mother, Sara Kutler. "It connects classrooms with the library where kids do research. But we're creating a program, not just a building."

Kutler and her husband, Jon, a West Los Angeles investor and former investment banker, financed the multimillion-dollar project with the assistance of donations from Brendan's former classmates and others who knew of him through his Internet postings and music reviews.

The building includes three new classrooms and an office that will be used for the interdisciplinary studies department office. Glass walls frame a revamped library's study and research areas.

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