Campus Walks: A Guide to the Architecture of Georgia Tech
Campus Walks is the first comprehensive illustrated survey of Georgia Tech’s architectural history, discussing buildings in the context of campus traditions and including campus works of art from architectural ornament and stained glass to murals and free-standing sculpture, both figural and abstract. Robert Craig has packed a wealth of information in the over 700 pages of this compendium. His background in history, art history, and architectural history informs his narrative, which often moves beyond description to critical analysis without being pedantic, while always appealing to the general reader. Moreover, Craig demonstrates how the buildings themselves speak to us, often with didactic purpose.
The buildings serve the diverse educational and research needs of an engineering school which for over 130 years has demanded of its architects both utility and beauty, functionality and artistic merit. The values and ideals embodied in Georgia Tech’s architecture express power and solidity, functional clarity and interdisciplinary accommodation, tectonic expression and style, and even tongue-in-cheek wit. Campus architects have included Georgia Tech faculty, alumni, and other practitioners from Atlanta and elsewhere, many of international recognition and acclaim. The most recent buildings excel in sustainable design, and contemporary campus planners have brought noteworthy attention to landscape design, to the preservation and reclamation of open spaces, and to a growing collection of public art on campus.
Photographs are drawn from the Georgia Tech Archives and Office of Capital Planning and Space Management, supplemented by contemporary images by the author (an accomplished photographer in his own right) taken especially for this volume.
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