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May 21st, 2005, 12:39 AM
Brooklyn College West Quad
4 floors, mixed use
Architect: Rafael Vin(with the ~ on top)oly

http://www.rvapc.com/flashindex.html > projects > brooklyn college west quad

Also on the site is the CCNY architecture building, supposed to be finished by now but they just started emptying it out...

May 21st, 2005, 08:52 AM
It's a nice design, i like the western facade

May 21st, 2005, 01:55 PM
Why is this in real estate? It's new architecture for a college.

May 21st, 2005, 02:36 PM
Why is this in real estate? It's new architecture for a college.

Everything in the real estate section is new architecture, thats not a valid reason for it to be in the cluttered Skyscrapers and Architecture section.

This building is not architecturally significant and its a small project, its not a topic for Skyscrapers and Architecture. Its in Real Estate like all other new college buildings ie; John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

May 21st, 2005, 04:36 PM
What does the rest of Brooklyn College look like? And where in Brooklyn is it exactly?

May 21st, 2005, 04:37 PM
On a related note, Vinoly had some spectacular projects planned for NY in 1980...check out his old drawings and models.

May 21st, 2005, 04:38 PM
Brooklyn college is located in Flatbush. Its an amazing campus that is often used in movies as Harvard.

February 22nd, 2006, 03:03 PM
They already dug a whole in the ground and will refill it to make a beautiful lawn, this project already won some awards.

Brooklyn College won the Merit Award in Campus Heritage (http://www.scup.org/pdf/AIA_05/Brooklyn-College-Master-Plan.pdf)
Kliment & Halsband Associated Architects and Planners for The Brooklyn College Master Plan

Gruzen Samton Architects, in association with Kliment & Halsband Architects, has been awarded the "Excellence in Planning and Architecture Merit Award in Campus Heritage" by the Society for College and University Planning and the American Institute of Architecture Committee on Architecture of Education. The firms won for the design of the Brooklyn College master plan.

The goals of Gruzen Samton's master plan were to provide facilities to meet the college's growing academic, support and research (http://www.allbusiness.com/periodicals/article/520383-1.html#) programs over the next few decades; maximize the reuse of existing campus resources; create a friendly student environment; establish a linkage between the east and west portions of campus and integrate the college with the surrounding community.
The plan for the historic, 26-acre campus, completed in 1995, included bringing virtually abandoned spaces back to life through the construction of the West Quad physical education building, additions to several existing buildings, including La Guardia Library, and the removal of structures too costly to repair and maintain, such as the Bedford Avenue pedestrian bridge.
While the master plan has completely transformed Brooklyn College, the campus is still clearly recognizable as the vision of the original 1935 planners.
"Our team of architects worked 18 months to complete this master plan," said Scott Keller, partner of Gruzen Samton Architects. "We believe we maintained the historic identity of the campus while creating useful spaces for each department that are student friendly. Brooklyn College is now one of the most beautiful colleges in the country and we are proud to be recognized for our efforts there."

This is the complete master plan that is what Brooklyn College is suppose to look like.


http://www.nycroads.com/roads/cross-brooklyn/ <--- original plan that would have used the unbuilt cross-brooklyn expressway.

Brooklyn College is called the poor man's Harvard.


Brooklyn College library


March 5th, 2006, 07:14 PM
Actually, CCNY is "the poor man's Harvard"...

March 5th, 2006, 09:43 PM
Actually, CCNY is "the poor man's Harvard"...

Brooklyn College is a senior college established in 1930 by the Board of Higher Education, the College, in fact, had its beginnings as branches of Hunter (then a women's college) and the CCNY (then a men-only college). With the merger of these branches, Brooklyn College became the first public coeducational lib arts college in NYC.

From http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/bc/info/aboutbc/index.php?link=historical

"Throughout its history, Brooklyn College's reputation has attracted an outstanding faculty. For many years it was considered the "poor man's Harvard" and generations of ambitious Brooklynites received their education at the school. Stars of the academic world came and taught on campus, including psychologist Abraham Maslow; the poets John Ashbery and Allen Ginsberg; novelist Susan Fromberg Schaeffer; historian and hero of the Hungarian uprising Bela Kiraly; pioneering political scientist Belle Zeller; Educational theorist Carleton Washburne; historians John Hope Franklin and Hans Trefousse; German scholar Harry Slochower; classicists Alice Kober, Naphtali Lewis, and Ethyle Wolfe; legal historian Samuel Konefsky; speech pathologist Robert West; and geneticist Seymour Fogel. The Design Department, later renamed the Art Department, has a particularly strong tradition of attracting heavyweights such as Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Serge Chermayeff, Jimmy Ernst, Gyorgy Kepes, Burgoyne Diller, Carl Holty, Harry Holtzman, Lennart Anderson, Alfred Russell, Philip Pearlstein, William T. Williams, the photographer Walter Rosenblum, and the sculptor Lee Bontecou."

Infact all 4 Cuny schools (CCNY, Brooklyn College, Hunter, Queens College) were considered very good in the 50's. CCNY was known as "Harvard of the Proletariat" because it was known for it's soliacists and communists, where Brooklyn College was known as poor mans harvard because it actually has a William James Hall and faculty was very well known.

Right now Baruch is probably the best Cuny school, but they do not offer anywhere close to the quality of education that is received in Ivy League schools. Part of this is obviously because of large amount of "uneducated" immigrants and affirmative action but also because of the not very high standards and substandard faculty.