Instead of fine grained spaces that really make one feel studious, the overlords of UK in the 1960s and 70s gave us a zombie office park. Well, it isn’t even really THAT charming. This mindset migrated to downtown Lexington, where there too, we got an office park instead of a city. Architecture really does influence our lives, and it is influential across the culture. That’s why what gets built in our city is really so important.
These pictures were postcards advertising the U of K….except where’s the people? Did the UK overlords think that third rate modern architecture would be the best emblem of the University? They must have thought “we’ve got modern architecture, therefore, we are a modern university. People will see this and be impressed.” But instead, the place only looks like a neutron bomb had gone off.
The shame is that we did have in our campus planning DNA a sliver of genius that we didn’t exploit as our model: the Quad at the corner of Rose and Funkhouser. Look at the picture below and see how that area is the only human scaled part of the whole campus – just be amazed at the bulk of the buildings and the empty aimless spaces between them.