Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Book will spotlight unique UC architecture

'Superb' master plan, quality of buildings cited

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The University of Cincinnati's master plan and decision to have famous architects design unique buildings for its billion-dollar central campus renovation are being celebrated in a Princeton Architectural Press book.

        Expected in UC bookstores by Labor Day, The Campus Guide: University of Cincinnati, will cost $24.95.

        The 144-page guide includes five walking tours of more than 40 buildings plus sculptures, landscapes, fountains and paths.

        New “signature” facilities include:

        • Frank Gehry's Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.

        • Michael Graves' Engineering Research Center.

        • Peter Eisenman's Aronoff Center for Design and Art.

        • Henry Cobb's creation of the Campus Village from College-Conservatory of Music buildings.

        Foremost among the new open spaces is George Hargreaves' Campus Green, which replaced parking lots and includes Sigma Sigma Commons with its Tower of Light and terraced amphitheater.

        Landscape journalist Paul Bennett wrote the UC book. Walter Smalling Jr. took the 130 color photos. Jane Garvie produced the maps after walking the campus.

        The foreword is by Mr. Graves, a 1958 graduate of what has become UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.

        UC's guide is part of a 2-year-old series that includes nine other campuses, from Cranbrook Educational Community in suburban Detroit to Princeton, Yale and the University of Virginia. This year, it also will add Harvard and West Point.

        Architectural historian and editor Jan Cigliano said she and colleagues chose UC for its “superb” master plan and the “quality of the individual buildings and their relation to teach other and their relation to the plan.”

        UC “signature” buildings went up during the first wave of construction in the 1990s. They were followed by renovation of aging teaching facilities and creation of open spaces.

        The final phase focuses on student life, including a renewal of the Tangeman University Center and an to the infamous “UC shuffle” by pulling student services and staff together in a one-stop University Pavilion.


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