Speaking Out

Perelman Quad Ornaments

Perelman Quadrangle: once a somewhat shabby, but inviting and much used urban green space. Alas, now a shadeless, uninviting stretch of pavement, eerily reminiscent of some more famous high-modern ceremonial spaces. Riefenstahlerplatz, a local pundit has aptly named it. And that gigantic logo looking down upon us like Big Brother's eye, and those self-advertisements for the "first university" now sprouting everywhere. The one thing one might say for such ornaments is that no other Ivy university has them. But then, perhaps those institutions are self-confident enough to feel no need. Have our Leaders and their Architect never heard of Jane Jacobs or William Whyte? Or asked us what we want in our campus environment?

--Robert Kohler, History and Sociology of Science

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Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 4, September 19, 2000

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