Neighborhood planning, other topics

In 4 Currier, the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator is operating (NHBR, via Dartmouth Now). The extensive renovation has ended and Triangle House is now open (Dartmouth Now). Amidon Jewelers is closing its store on Main Street, The Dartmouth notes. Amidon has been in town since 1935. The College is looking […]

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School of Grok

The office of new Provost Carolyn Dever is launching two task forces, one of which is aimed at “evaluating the prospect of giving Dartmouth’s graduate and advanced studies programs a physical plant” (The Dartmouth of September 30; see also The Graduate Forum of October 3, The Dartmouth of October 7). Dartmouth has operated a number […]

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Report from the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Several posts here over the past few years have commented on the redevelopment of what’s called the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter in Oxford, comparing it to Hanover’s own hospital district north of Maynard. Rafael Viñoly Architects devised a 2008 master plan for the area that appears in an aerial view before the makeover: The Oxford University […]

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Museum-like displays; a Hanover designer

The old idea of the trophy room for intercollegiate athletics seems to be shifting toward something closer to a museum, with text and graphics (reproductions of historic images, not originals) arranged to tell a story. Objects are displayed in support of the story rather than as the spoils of victory. The Friends of Dartmouth Football […]

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The Food Co-op builds again

The Co-op Food Store is expanding and renovating its building on South Park Street with designs by Studio Nexus Architects, authors of the recent Co-op at the roundabout on Lyme Road. A floor plan in the new booklet explaining the renovation (pdf) shows that the addition will bump out the South Park Street facade along […]

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BASIC at 50 and other items

Work continues on the Williamson Translational Research Building at the hospital in Lebanon. Here is a notable tidbit about the building’s namesake donor, the late Dr. Peter Williamson ’58: he once owned the ultimate collector car, Lord Rothschild’s Bugatti Atlantic. Williamson’s car won the Pebble Beach Concours in 2003 and is now in the Mullin […]

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Google updates its aerial, and other news

Hello, what’s this? The newest Google aerial shows hundreds of chairs and the big Commencement stage set up on the Green. It looks as if the photo was taken just before the Convocation on September 20. It is definitely recent: the Wilson Hall elm is missing, the Crouching Spider is visible, the new scoreboard is […]

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From Kiewit to…

Correct me in the comments if I’m wrong, but after Dartmouth demolished Kiewit, it gave Computing Services an office in Baker Library, outside the Tower Room: In 2011, however, the college apparently gave that space to the undergraduate deans and shunted Computing Services to the first floor of Berry. Now the deans have joined Computing […]

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Who dares wins: graduate studies proposals

One of the Strategic Planning reports suggests that Graduate Studies be given a lounge: The lack of any identifiable social space on the Dartmouth campus is quite striking, in comparison to all our peer institutions who have endowed graduate student centers. The ideal location for this space would be near the center of campus so […]

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More details on the Academic Center, Dana’s move

The previous post on this topic mentioned that the current rendering (source) of the quad facade differs slightly from an earlier rendering published during May. Some of the changes: The eastern (most distant) of the three masses has gone from light-colored stone cladding to something more uniform, possibly metal, and has gained a glazed projection […]

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The Academic Center is by Kyu Sung Woo Architects

The designers behind the planned North Campus Academic Center are the Cambridge, Mass. firm of KSWA. Firm founder Kyu Sung Woo (Wikipedia) designed the Olympic Village for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul (firm page). The firm’s campus work includes a pair of dorms on Coffin Street at Bowdoin (firm page) and the Nerman Museum in […]

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Baker and Berry

I. King Arthur Café. Several weeks ago, this post was set to mention Norwich’s King Arthur Flour with a link to this Google blog post about the company. Since then, Google’s promotion of the article has become controversial. Let’s hope this ends up boosting business for King Arthur, which runs the café located off the […]

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The “North Block,” or one way to expand onto the golf course

I. Background. The hope is that if or when Dartmouth builds a new heat plant in Dewey Field, the prominent field north of the Life Sciences Center, it erects a building of high quality. More important than the architecture, however, is the siting: the building should be located in such a way that it does […]

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Moving sculptures

Mark di Suvero’s X-Delta has moved again, this time to a site in front of Berry Library. It will move back to its permanent site below the Hood after the Visual Arts Center is finished. And Richard Nonas’s 1976 sculpture Telemark Shortline is back: View of Telemark Shortline in front of Richardson Hall, June 2011. […]

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Observing Berry Row

I. A recent one-paragraph review. One alum quoted in the Alumni Council’s annual report (pdf) stated: The north campus is appalling. The buildings look like something from USC and it is barren of trees. Further, the buildings pointlessly drift off to the right, making it an unsatisfying prospect. Seriously, from Berry north they need to […]

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