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Feb. 25th, 2006

12:05 pm - Valpo Architecture Review.

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Laugh as the campus gets architecturally skewered.

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From:mama_bec
Date:February 25th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
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hm. i get cranky when people diss VU (or whatever aspect of it) without having tried to gain any clue about how it really works. it's not easy to just fundraise a few dozen million bucks to build a new building or renovate.
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From:kateshort
Date:February 25th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
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True, but...

* Getting better non-blobby bushes wouldn't hurt.

* Putting sidewalks across the tundra where the students actually walk wouldn't hurt.

* Painting over the entire "Parking M-F 8am-5pm" sign before pasting on a tinier, color-reversed version of the sign wouldn't hurt.

* Getting functional chairs for the patio on the new Christopher Center wouldn't hurt.

* Getting cool sculptures made out of something other than unpainted iron wouldn't hurt. (Big butterfly, anyone?)


I came to Valpo because it was *beautiful* during my August 1994 campus visit with J. Potts (I think you were there when she was-- SAI and DPK sister). The campus does have the ability to shine when it wants to. But the transportation situation has always stunk.
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From:kateshort
Date:February 25th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
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edit: 1994 should be 1990. Aieee.
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From:spell4yr
Date:February 26th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
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* Painting over the entire "Parking M-F 8am-5pm" sign before pasting on a tinier, color-reversed version of the sign wouldn't hurt.

I believe they have changed over that sign as well as all of the other parking signs, from the rectangular signs to the gray slanted signs. Granted, the new signs look like gravestones, but that's another issue entirely.
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From:mama_bec
Date:February 27th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
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all of those cost money, and the education industry is experiencing serious budget crunches right now -- VU is no exception. so unless there are donors willing to foot the bill, they are not high priority projects. it's more important to have good professors than pretty landscaping.
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From:radishthegreat
Date:February 25th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Are all the students there now such childish whiners? I'm ashamed they're associated with Valpo--O.P. must be spinning in his grave.

I'm sure there was a good reason in the early 60s to decide to keep all the buildings architecturally similar (even though that's a REALLY boring period in American architecture)...at that time being "modern" and "scientific" was quite popular throughout the country. Tearing down all the existing buildings and replacing them with contemporary architecture is just as dumb.

And if you REALLY want something to whine about, you should have lived in Dau/Kreinheder in the last few years before it was razed. There were literally holes in the exterior walls--they were considered "temporary" buildings when my father lived there in 1969, but I lived there in 1992. And I had to *gasp* walk across the street to use a computer. Then I lived in Alumni Hall in 1993-1994, when they tore up Central Campus to begin construction on VUCA, including all of the sidewalks between the dorms and Gellersen Hall. I ruined every pair of shoes I wore to class, the power went out almost daily due to construction, and they bulldozed the water line at least once.

...and those were the good old days! :)
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From:kateshort
Date:February 25th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
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I was there. As my husband remarked in the journal of my alumna friend who posted this link--

By the way: Tundra? Kids today don't know from Tundra. Once upon a time, there was a vast tundra, now filled with the performing arts center, which all students had to cross at some point during each day. The seemingly "random" asphalt paths? Some idjit finally wised up enough to realize that the lines through the Tundra where grass never grew were actually paths created by students trudging back and forth, and decided to make things easier by putting in asphalt paths. Unfortunately, they only put them directly between nearby buildings rather than, oh, I don't know, Actually Replacing the Paths the Students Actually Use. And then the lesser Tundra between the Union, the chapel, and Kretzmann, now largely filled with the new library. What's left is a dinky, pale reflection of a tundra, not even worthy of the name.

-grin-
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From:jphilli1
Date:February 25th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Let's face it, it's just a poorly designed campus.

No one is saying Valpo sucks, and the article wasn't whining, just poking fun at the fact that VU is certainly far from pretty.

Now that I'm older and attend a different university (working on my masters) I understand how planning when the campus was being built could have improved it significantly. The school I attend now has undergone many additions and changes in it's many years in Fort Worth, but it is generally well desgined and walker-friendly. It is in fact possible for a university to provide an excellent education and have buildings that are well-situated and aesthetically pleasing.
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From:sassy_gavster
Date:February 26th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
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Overkill. Good points at first, then... overkill.

But really, the walkways make NO sense. In any case, much needs to be done, but much is being done, so I'm relatively optimistic that the campus will look better by the time my kids go there. :)
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From:dancetonorhythm
Date:February 26th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Having been consulted as a student in 97-99 when the new "Master Plan" was being design, my first concern raised was exactly this. The architects admitted then that the campus would be continuously under construction for about 30 years in order to make the campus they want. The final plan was a very pedestrian friendly and quaint campus. . . but whether or not it can be achieved is yet to be seen. . . and will potential students attend a college under construction? I asked that question several times, and never was given an answer. I guess the fact is that the construction has been going on for a while now, the current students were aware of the projects when they chose to attend. . . so why are they complaining? I am proud of my alma mater and while we may not always agree with the decisions made, Valpo is better served by a community of support and respect. Personally, I found myself full of fond memories as I scrolled through those pictures.
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