Monday, April 2, 2012

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY…BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS

Saturday, March 31 - We continued our college campus visitations today by touring the Arizona State University, in Tempe.

a-mountain

We normally look for an architectural theme, liking when the buildings conform to a particular design. Not present here, but the campus was unified by beautiful landscaping and greenery. A beautiful campus!

campus

landscape

They have the most unique lighting. Blends in with the surroundings.lighting

Our first stop was the Sun Devil Stadium.

sun-devil-stadium-sign

This facility is uniquely positioned between two mountains.

sun-devil-stadium

Students often are seen climbing these mountains to get a free seat for a football game. There is even a paved path, full of switchbacks, leading up the backside of the mountain.

We then walked over to the famous Gammage Auditorium designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. An interesting building but unfortunately locked so we couldn't see inside.

auditorium

The Hayden Library is actually underground. This photo is taken looking down into the patio area.

library

We continued our stroll through this beautiful campus passing the Student Center, the College of Education, the Engineering Schools were putting on an Engineering Day for kids, the athletic facilities, the Arts Departments, and numerous dorms. A nice way to spend a gorgeous day.

The Old Main building. Out front was the engineering event.
old-main

Music building.
music bldg

Coor Hall was the most unique building on campus. Text fragments and letterforms, etched on the glass fa├žade of Lattie F. Coor Hall, are one of the largest public art projects on campus. Chicago artist BJ Krivanek, commissioned by project architects Gensler and Jones Studio, selected letters from several Latin-based, Native American and Asian languages, as well as numbers and punctuation marks, to represent the universal potential of language

coor-bld

coor-writing

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Why has Arizona State University installed six parapet wind turbines on the roof of the recently remodeled Global Institute of Sustainability building? Wind turbines generate electricity from a free and clean renewable resource. They don’t add to global warming. And unlike solar power, the wind is often available both day and night.

Under average conditions, the six turbines produce enough electricity to power about 36 computers, thereby reducing ASU’s reliance on non-renewable energy sources by that amount.

wind-turbin

The campus seemed somewhat deserted to us. We thought the students were probably on Spring Break. We stopped a Campus Policeman to ask about the total enrollment (about 50,000) and he said, “No it's not spring break. It's just the fact it's Saturday. Kids are still in bed (at 11 AM).” Ha Ha! It really was surprisingly deserted.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!