Work on new Yale campus

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After driving down to attend the Palladio Awards at the New Haven Lawn Club on Wednesday afternoon (alas, the wrong day), I offered myself the compensatory pleasure of viewing construction well under way at Yale’s new campus quads, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects in the Collegiate Gothic style in homage to James Gamble Rogers. I took my camera and did not trespass, so these shots are the ultimate tease, but more will come as the project moves closer to completion.

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The last three images suggest that the new quads are not as far as some fear from the main campus structures famously designed by Gamble. They are large enough that to put them within those sacred precincts would require tearing something else down. Anyone can well imagine Yale buildings that ought to disappear; still, it was not going to happen. Indeed, one salivates that the idea of what came down to make room for this brilliant work by RAMSA.

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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6 Responses to Work on new Yale campus

  1. SteveMouzon says:

    David, has a plan of the project been posted anywhere? I’d love to see that, and the site location.

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  2. Martha McDonald says:

    Great photos!!

    Martha McDonald, Editor Traditional Building magazine http://www.traditionalbuilding.com

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