Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wurster Hall, U.C. Berkeley

Tonight our group went to the College of Environmental Design at U.C. Berkeley to sketch and to see an exhibit in the Wurster Hall Library called "Designing People"--a display of the ways different architects over the last century have included homeowners, children, pets, shoppers, and condo-dwellers in their architectural renderings to convey the scale and functionality of a proposed design.

In a corner of the library, incongruously underneath a set of paper lanterns and amidst groups of students studying on their laptops, is an eight foot tall cast of the Smiling Angel on the north portal of Reims Cathedral, probably sculpted around 1240, left over from the French exhibit at the Panama Pacific Exposition.

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