October 3rd, 2013 |
all news, coat of arms, graphic design, History
President Hanlon has named Cornell’s PR head, Thomas Bruce, to a similar position at Dartmouth (Dartmouth Now, via The Dartmouth). The Dartmouth reports that Bruce “oversaw the redesign of the university’s logo” at Cornell.
Indeed, Cornell’s massive “Brand Book” covers everything, from the essence of the Cornell brand (our brand “speaks to the satisfaction and emotional connection we provide to our stakeholders”) to the proper use of the logo — with the obligatory gallery of misuse. Cornell modestly uses Palatino as its primary typeface, gives the proper abbreviation of its motto (“… any person … any study.”), and specifies the correct shade of red.
[Update 10.05.2013: It appears that Cornell's identity project was done by Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv. That firm is the same one that nicely simplified the Brown University coat of arms and replaced the busy seal of the Harvard University Press with a simple design appropriate for book spines. Also in the firm's portfolio are logos for such obscure brands as the Smithsonian Institution, NBC, National Geographic, the U.S. Bicentennial, and PBS.
And hey, look at this: the firm recently proposed three new logos for UNH (Manchester Union Leader). The school is still deciding which one to use. Of the three alternative directions, the middle one seems the most appealing: it has the uniform solidity of a railroad herald -- or maybe it can't avoid recalling Herbert Matter's work for the New Haven Railroad.
Some of the push for branding at Cornell came from a student-run image committee, as a 2006 New York Times article explains:
But when committee members first approached administrators to talk about their concerns — including what they saw as the university's passive response to a slight drop in some ranking guides — they met with resistance.
That changed three years ago, they said, with the arrival of a new president, Jeffrey S. Lehman, and the subsequent appointment of Mr. Bruce, who took their critique seriously, particularly their thoughts about the so-called view book for potential applicants and about the Web site.
Dartmouth had a similar student group around that time, called Buzzflood (The Dartmouth). Founder David Gardner describes it as "an organization that aggregated, created, and spread positive community news" (Gardner's ColorJar bio). The Buzzflood website had received three million hits by 2005 (PRWeb) but it folded that year (The Dartmouth).]
September 18th, 2013 |
all news, History, Memorial Field, preservation
Bruce at the Big Green Alert Blog asks “If you could pick a nickname for Dartmouth’s Memorial Field, what would you choose?” He provides several suggestions, the best of which is “the Quarry” — not only did granite quarries operate in Lebanon, but Eleazar Wheelock quarried some stone in the College Park. A follow-up post provides a number of other suggestions.
A pool of potential nicknames based on the history of the site might include:
- “The Farm” (or “the State Farm”), since the state agricultural school (New Hampshire College) used the site as a farm field prior to 1893;
- “Crosby Street,” since the grandstand is located on that street. The street is presumably named for the able and indefatigable professor Thomas Russell Crosby ’41, DMS ’41 (1816-1872), a son of Dr. Asa Crosby who served as a surgeon during the Civil War and became the Professor of Animal and Vegetable Physiology at N.H.C. and an Instructor in Natural History at Dartmouth;
- “The Oval” (or “Alumni Oval”), since that was the name of the school’s first grandstand and its first dedicated football field and running track, built by Dartmouth alumni on the site in 1893;
- “The Trenches” (or “the Western Front,” etc.), since students trained for the First World War by constructing trenches east of the Oval, and Memorial Field was built on the site of the Oval in memory of the men who died in the war; and
- “The Arches” (or “the Arcade”), since the main, western stand of Memorial Field is faced with brick arches stacked on two levels.
To see what Alumni Oval looked like when it was new and get a sense of the farm that preceeded it, see this rare and amazing photograph digitized by the College Archives. It was taken from the top of the smokestack of the Heating Plant when the plant was new, around 1899.
It is also possible that the present lack of a nickname suggests the absence of a deep-seated need for a nickname: maybe “Memorial Field” works well enough.
[Update 11.11.2013: Bruce reports that Teevens picked "The Woods" as the nickname. Whose woods these are I think I know.]
September 14th, 2013 |
all news, Boathouse, DHMC, Fullington Farm, Hanover Inn, Hood, other projects, preservation, the Hop, Wilson Hall
The Alumni Office’s twitter account has a photo of the huge elm tree on the ground in front of the Hood Museum. The Valley News reports that the tree struck Wilson as it fell, but it sounds like the damage is minor.
On the bright side, this frees up Tod Williams and Billie Tsien as they redesign Wilson’s entrance.
- The Hanover Crew’s boathouse is being built.
- ORW designed the landscape for the Williamson Building at DHMC and has some nice images of the design.
- ORW also has put up a project page for the transit hub in front of the Hop. The original design included a little heated pavilion.
- The conceptual design for Boora’s Hopkins Center renovation was completed during Spring 2013 (OPD&PM).
September 2nd, 2013 |
all news, graphic design, Thayer School
Thayer School now has an official logo guide, complete with examples of unacceptable variations of the logo.
The guide seems fairly down-to-earth, unlike some of the highly technical standards found elsewhere. Dartmouth itself does not seem to have taken this step yet.
August 31st, 2013 |
all news, graphic design, Memorial Field
The announcement of a new Daktronics video scoreboard for Memorial Field includes an illustration (via Big Green Alert Blog; see also Dartmouth Sports).
Although any scoreboard will have something to quibble with (please drop the trademark symbol from the big letter D!) this illustration has many things to praise. The designer has rationalized the fonts and eliminated much of the clutter of the old scoreboard. The designer also deserves credit for not using the ephemeral triangular-trapezoidal athletics logo and for getting the apostrophes right.
Here’s something notable: the scoreboard will be switching ends:
The new Daktronics scoreboard will be located at the south end of the stadium to avoid direct sunlight and maximize image clarity.
August 12th, 2013 |
Academic Center, all news, Connecticut River, Hanover/Leb./Nor'ch., other projects, Visual Arts Center
- The Dartmouth has an article on campus construction projects.
- Nice photos of the Visual Arts Center are to be found in ArchDaily (via Dartmouth College Planning).
- The Grad Studies Office is moving from Wentworth to a renovated space at 37 Dewey Field Road (Home 37).
- Bruce Wood at the Big Green Alert Blog has this tidbit regarding Memorial Field: “Keep your eyes peeled for a significant improvement to the facility at some point this fall.”
- Architect Michael McKee was a principal with Moshe Safdie and Associates when he served as a “Special Consultant” with KSWA to handle the design development for the North Campus Academic Center (Somerville, Ma. PowderHouse Arts Center submittal pdf).
- The school has obtained permission from the state to extend the existing floating wharf at the boathouse from 170 ft. to 218 ft. The project will involve dredging (download state letter, wetlands permit, etc.).
- Did you know that there’s a short line called the Claremont Concord Railroad with a transfer facility in West Lebanon near the dilapidated old B&M roundhouse? In this aerial, the red Four Aces Diner is visible in its new location and the Railroad’s classic early-1950s Alco (?) is the yellow engine on the left.
- DartmouthSports.com has announced that NeuLion will stream home games in several sports (via the Big Green Alert Blog). NeuLion is the leader in the field, and it seems to be moving away from a dependence on Flash. (Flash has a bad reputation on the desktop, see Steve Jobs’s letter of April 2010, and does not work on many mobile devices: Adobe announced in November 2011 that it had halted the development of Flash for mobile browsers according to Wikipedia.)
July 24th, 2013 |
all news, History
First. We recognize and acknowledge with grateful pride, the heroic sacrifices and valiant deeds of many of the sons of Dartmouth, in their endeavors to defend and sustain the Government against the present wicked and remorseless rebellion; and we announce to the living, now on the battlefield, to the sick and maimed in the hospitals and among their friends, and to the relatives of such of them as have fallen in defense of their country, that Dartmouth College rejoices to do them honor, and will inscribe their names and their brave deeds upon her enduring records.
Second. We commend the cause of our beloved country to all the Alumni of this Institution; and we invoke from them, and pledge our own most efficient and cordial support, and that of Dartmouth College, to the Government, which is the only power by which the rebellion can be subdued. We hail with joy, and with grateful acknowledgments to the God of our fathers, the cheering hope that the dark cloud which has heretofore obscured the vision and depressed the hearts of patriots and statesmen, in all attempts to scan the future, may in time disappear entirely from our horizon; and that American slavery, with all its sin and shame, and the alienations, jealousies, and hostilities between the people of different sections, of which it has been the fruitful source, may find its merited doom in the consequence of the war which it has evoked.
The board adopted these motions 150 years ago this morning in an effort to get president Nathan Lord to resign. Although Lord had been an abolitionist during the 1840s, by the time of the war he had come to believe that slavery was justified by the Bible. He resigned later in the day.
To my ear, the text has some of the sense of the Gettysburg Address, which it predates by about four months.
July 21st, 2013 |
all news, Dartmouth Row, Fairchild, other projects, preservation, societies, Triangle House
The Offices of Planning & Design and Project Management (ex-OPDC, ex-FPO) have a new site with an extensive list of projects. Among the new revelations are:
- An image of what looks like a sensitive renovation by Smith & Van Sant of the Whitaker Apartments at 4 North Park. The building is now called Triangle House (not to be confused with Triangle Fraternity (Wikipedia)), and some details are given at the OPaL website.
- Information on the new Kappa Delta sorority house by Truex Cullins. Although the house will have the address of 1 Occom Ridge, its main entrance will occupy the west or rear facade, which faces the parking lot and the campus (image). Not sure about those boxed eaves and shed-roofed dormers; it is a big house.
- Information on the Dartmouth Row modernization plan. This project was mentioned during May of 2012 along with the NCAC.
- News of a renovation of Fairchild Hall by Wilson Architects.
July 19th, 2013 |
all news, Boathouse, Connecticut River, master planning, publications
The riverfront master plan has already been mentioned here, but a reading of the plan’s new page on the OPDPM site has turned up some interesting proposals.
At the lower entrance to Tuck Drive, the plan recommends:
- Preserving the existing brick pillars, built as part of Tuck Drive;
- Replacing the metal guard rails with simple wooden rails in keeping with the school’s outdoorsy theme; and
- Installing a new sign for the college.
Also interesting is the solution to the Fuller Boathouse problem: “Accommodate increased storage space needs by constructing new Fuller boathouse into hillside that is double current size.”
July 16th, 2013 |
all news, Chase Field, Indoor Practice Facility
The new site of the Offices of Planning and Design and Project Management devotes a page to the design of a new indoor sports practice facility:
- It will be designed by the big-name firm of Sasaki.
- It will occupy that somewhat depressed field where the Band practiced marching:
- It will be connected to the Gordon Pavilion and the Boss Tennis Center — no more bridge.
- And unlike its immediate neighbors, it will be a Modernist, metal-clad building.
July 9th, 2013 |
all news, coat of arms, graphic design, History, publications, Rollins Chapel, site updates, Wilson Hall
- That Occom Ridge house that was captured in a state of extreme disarray in various aerials has indeed been replaced by a new house by Haynes & Garthwaite. Bing has a more recent aerial view.
- The graduate and professional schools’ heraldry is on display on the college’s new website. The graduation gowns of the schools also carry uniform shields now, with Flickr examples of Tuck, Thayer, and Graduate Studies. The Trustees get the Old Pine.
- The Planner has a post presenting the new campus map. This is an almost-final version of the traditional paper map. It’s notable that the two freestanding lounge buildings in the Choates are given their own names, Brittle and Bissco, for the first time on a campus map. I lived in the Choates during the early ’90s and don’t recall those names being used, even informally.
- The Friends of Hanover Crew have a new design for the site. It is hard to remember, but the prior design might have made more use of Wilson’s Landing Road.
- Thanks to Melvin I. Smith for the citation to the Old Division Football paper in his Evolvements of Early American Foot Ball: Through the 1890/91 Season (2008).
- The Rauner Blog has a nice post on the dedication of Rollins Chapel and Wilson Hall. It’s always interesting to see this fraternal twin to Rollins, designed by the same architect (John Lyman Faxon) in Newton, Mass. (See also the Bing view.)
July 7th, 2013 |
Academic Center, all news
Architect Michael McKee was a Senior Project Manager with KSWA when that firm designed the North Campus Academic Center. Now he has his own firm, and its website includes a page on the NCAC. It says that the project is “On hold, to commence Fall ’13.”
The page includes an interior rendering and a site plan. This website’s guess at a likely footprint last November was actually not that far off.
[Update 08.31.2013: Broken link to KSWA replaced.]
July 5th, 2013 |
all news, Hood, Wilson Hall
Hood Director Michael Taylor writes:
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the architects of the Hood’s upcoming expansion and renovation, have now completed the pre-schematic design for the project, and we look forward to showing these plans to incoming president Phil Hanlon after he begins his tenure at Dartmouth on June 10.
Michael Taylor, “Letter from the Director,” Hood Museum of Art Quarterly (Summer 2013), 2 (pdf).
A low-angle aerial view from Bing shows where the addition will go.
Another look at the Web summary of Centerbrook’s master plan for the Hood suggests many opportunities for interesting work:
- In the Centerbrook proposal, Wilson’s exterior stair is effectively pulled inside the building and the central room is hollowed out to transform it into an entry vestibule and stair hall. One can imagine a polished concrete floor with thin metal railings meeting the brick walls, as in Rafael Moneo’s Museum of Roman Art.
- The octagonal reading room at the north end of Wilson Hall will probably remain outside the secure portion of the building and thus might be a good place for the museum shop. The building’s original wooden doors and polished granite WILSON lintel might be incorporated into this space. It is not clear whether the stair in the tower would remain useable.
- The main reading room that occupies the building’s south end becomes the place where people check their coats and pick up audio guides.
- Passing through the arched opening at the south end of the building, one reaches the circulation core of the museum complex. This area occupies the wedding-cake part of the building shown in Centerbrook’s exterior images, and it might terminate in a skylight or lantern.
- The fifth image depicts the existing Hood bridge and looks toward the new circulation core to the northeast. (This seems like an early version of the design: it shows an addition behind Wilson that does not appear in other images.)
- The sixth image is a view from the east side of the circulation core looking northwest. The two sets of stairs descending on the left are coming from the top level of Wilson Hall and from the lobby level of Wilson Hall, respectively.
[Update 07.06.2013: Maybe the Hood is showing the pre-schematic designs already? A Class of 1958 Reunion Schedule for this month includes a presentation of the expansion plans at the Hood.
I just learned that architect Rick Mather died in April (Oxford Mail obituary). He designed big expansions at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Mather grew up in Portland, Oregon, had his office in London, and did a number of projects in Oxford.]
July 3rd, 2013 |
all news, Memorial Field
Remember last July, when it was pointed out here that a baseball team recruiting document was claiming that the stalled Memorial Field West Stand replacement project would be completed by September of 2012?
The updated version of the document (pdf) now claims that the project will be completed by September of 2013.
It is obviously not going to happen. (It is also not clear how someone could edit that document without improving the text…)
June 12th, 2013 |
all news, Hanover/Leb./Nor'ch., publications, Sachem Village, Sargent Block, societies
Not sure how long these have been up, but Bing now has low-angle views for three of the four cardinal directions (no view to the south yet) on its map site. Some examples:
June 5th, 2013 |
all news, Baker Library, graphic design, Hanover/Leb./Nor'ch., History, Life Sciences Ctr., other projects, publications, Visual Arts Center
- DADA (Dartmouth Alumni in Design and Architecture) is having its third alumni architecture exhibit June 6 through 16 in the Nearburg Arts Forum in the Black Family Visual Arts Center (via Sue).
- The Big Green Alert Blog reports that the Town has approved the zoning amendments that will allow a new video scoreboard at Memorial Field (a topic about which alumni are fairly passionate, judging from the comments on a post at this blog). The Zoning Board was to have considered a request for a Special Exception to replace the existing scoreboard at Scully-Fahey Field in its hearing on May 30 (ZBA Agenda).
- The Rauner Library Blog has a post about old postcards depicting the campus.
- The Dartmouth published a series of three articles on architecture last month. First, “Despite lack of major, architecture offerings abound” suggests again how interesting a history of the somewhat hidden world of design education at Dartmouth would be; second, “Recent campus buildings depart from New England tradition” focuses on post-1984 work; and third, “College’s early buildings share traditional aesthetic” covers prewar buildings (thanks to Amanda for the quotes).
- Dartmouth Now article (and Flickr set) on the Life Sciences Greenhouse atop the Life Sciences Center.
- The Planner has photos of the new offices of Dartmouth Computing in Baker, the new deans’ offices (Student Academic Support Services) in Carson, in a space formerly occupied by the Computer Store (Planner’s Blog post), and the new location of the Computer Store in McNutt. This confusing shuffle was mentioned on this blog during April. Any word on the fate of the old Kiewit space outside the Tower Room?
- The Planner also has photos of 113 Wilder, the Physics Department’s office and lounge suite.
June 3rd, 2013 |
all news, Larson, Jens, other projects, preservation, Triangle House
Dartmouth is planning to convert Larson’s little faculty apartment complex at 4 North Park Street, the Whitaker Apartments, into “a 25-bed student residence affinity house with a 2-bedroom advisor apartment” (Planning Board meeting agenda). This is probably the planned LGBT affinity house (see (The Dartmouth).