University Architecture Considered

At the Yale University symposium entitled “Building the Future: the University as Architectural Patron” architects and art historians gathered to discuss the relationship between universities and architecture.

MIT professor, William J. Mitchell posited, “it is a fundamental responsibility of universities to pursue architecture and urbanism at the highest intellectual level and the highest level of cultural ambition.”

As for why university architecture often fails, Mitchell explains, “universities are large conservative bureaucracies in many respects, in which people who have to execute projects are often punished for mistakes and not rewarded for innovation. So there’s a cultural issue that has to be dealt with that often creates very risk-averse behavior.”

At Yale, Architects Consider Universities as Patrons Lawrence Biemiller Chronicle of Higher Education 1/28/08

Posted by Chris

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