by Richard P. Dober
This companion piece to Campus Heritage is published by SCUP and the Association of University Architects (AUA). It describes the forms, fame, and fate of Old Main, arguably higher education's iconic architecture. These edifices came into being as intentional examples of institutional aspirations and accomplishments, track stories of neglect and renewal, illustrate how some lost through human and natural disasters are now remembered with inspiring campus designs, offer reasons why Old Main and comparable buildings and landscapes deserve a prominent place in comprehensive campus plans, and outline workable methods to achieve that objective. The accompanying graphics, including a visually delightful collection of historic picture post cards, help support the premise that a rounded view of America's collegiate enterprises would be incomplete without understanding and acknowledging the contributions these magnificent masterworks have made to campus development.
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Old Main and Authenticity
Old Main As An Educational Resource
An Economic Asset
Majors And Minors
Adjusting To Reality
Formula Designs and Found Space
The Iconic As Style
The Reverential and Referential
Cloaks and Robes
The Appeal Of Precedent
Formation and Fate
City College of New York
Persistence and Alternatives
Meritorious, Marginal, Meager
Castles, Chateaus and Stately Halls
Richard Dober (1928–2014) was a planning and design advisor to more than 450 colleges, universities, and cultural institutions worldwide, as well as to foundations and government agencies, the World Bank, and UNESCO. He wrote nine books and numerous articles on planning and design and was a founder of the Society for College and University Planning. He led consulting firms since the early 1960s, including most recently, Dober Lidsky Mathey, a firm specializing in campus planning and facility planning services.
It is not often when someone, virtually single-handedly, reinvents a particular discipline, as Richard Dober certainly did with modern campus planning. He did so by appreciating that university and college campuses were social contexts as much as academic and physical contexts, maintaining this key insight being critical for successful planning and programming for their growth.