31 May 2009

Front porches as academic metaphor

Since urban designers frequently talk about the front porch as an important element in design, this quote from today's NY Times really caught my eye...

"Athletics are the front porch of the university. It's not the most important room in the house, but it is the most visible."
- SCOTT BARNES, the athletic director at Utah State.

So, are research centers the alleyways of the University? The mother-in-law apartment over the garage is like the satellite campus? The whole thing works unless it is a new urbanist community, since they don't have dead ends and universities clearly do.


Puk said...

Oh snap!

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