The campus elsewhere

December 12th, 2008  |  Published in all news, other projects, publications

The Council of Independent Colleges maintains detailed building-by building information in its Historic Campus Architecture Project.  One interesting revelation is that Charles Augustus Young, the Dartmouth graduate of 1853, well-known Princeton astronomer, and participant in the design of Dartmouth’s Shattuck Observatory with his uncle, architect Ammi Burnham Young, is listed as the designer of the 1881 Williston Observatory at Mount Holyoke College.  The interesting shingled building does not appear to follow the plan of Shattuck.

Cornell’s marching band has been the subject of a parade in Manhattan since the mid-1970s.  Although it has grown from one block to six blocks in length, it is still New York City’s shortest parade, Cornell reports.  This year it followed the Cornell-Columbia football game.

Polemicist-architect Leon Krier has seen a small number of his buildings built around the world.  The few in the U.S. include what is probably his first university building in this country, the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center at the University of Miami (2005). The bright white, rather Byzantine building is unconventional, although it does not seem to have been given a particularly transformative site (the campus map [pdf] shows it at L-6).  See the extensive photography by Mary Ann Sullivan and article by Andres Viglucci, “Architecture: A Building Apart,” CNU Florida (posted October 16, 2005).

U.N.H. Professor Blake Gumprecht’s book The American College Town has been published.  The U.N.H. press release provides some information about the book, and Inside Higher Ed interviewed the author.

Moore Ruble Yudell, designers with Bruner/Cott of Dartmouth’s McLaughlin Cluster, Kemeny/Haldeman Hall, and the upcoming ’53 Commons, continue to work on major campus projects around the world, as explained in an article in Metropolis.  Here in the U.S., the South Lawn project at the University of Virginia attempts to continue Jefferson’s Lawn beyond its termination at a set of existing buildings, carrying the space across a street and around a corner.  In Dublin, Ireland, the firm is designing the transformation of the large parklike grounds of a former insane asylum (Grangegorman) into a campus for the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Metropolis also has an article (pdf) on the “post-American campus” in the Middle East, which is experiencing a boom in construction of American-influenced universities.  American University of Kuwait, the school Dartmouth has chosen to create extensive partnerships with since it opened in 2004, is planning a new campus of its own.  A preliminary proposal depicted on page 4 of the AUK Chronicle (June 2008) (pdf) suggests that the campus will be secure and auto-oriented and might share more with the early-ninth century St. Gall Monastery Plan than a typical American campus.

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[Update 05.11.2013: Broken link to Metropolis article repaired; broken link to “post-American campus” removed.]
[Update 01.05.2013: Broken link to Newsday article on Cornell parade replaced; broken links to Perez Architecture Center and AUK Chronicle pdf removed.]

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