Founded during the Space Age boom of the fifties, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus showcases some of California's finest postwar architecture, ranging from spare sixties concrete structures to light, open California modernists designs and, in the new millennium, buildings that reflect that latest ideas about connecting buildings with the emerging campus community. Sprawling, spectacular, and parklike, the UCSD campus houses buildings spread out among old groves of eucalyptus trees and connected by plazas, courtyards, pedestrian promenades, and intimate gardens. Architecture and planning are inspired by California's temperate climate and by the campus's dramatic perch above the Pacific Ocean.
University of California, San Diego, the latest book in the Campus Guide series, presents the story of UCSD--its growth, planning, and architecture--as a colorful journey from the Sputnik era through the social and political transitions of the sixties, exciting scientific breakthroughs during the seventies, and new emerging modes of interdisciplinary collaboration. The book presents almost ninety significant architectural works on the UCSD campus and reveals the very sources of modernist California architecture, from the influence of Richard Neutra, Frank Gehry, and the Case Study Architects in Los Angeles, to early San Diego modernist Louis Gill, and famed architect Louis Kahn, who designed the Salk Institute near UCSD.
This book is organized into walking tours with colorful maps and illustrated with more than 120 spectacular color photos. Some of the world's best-known and most innovative architects are represented at UCSD, including Moshe Safdie, Antoine Predock, and Michael Rotondi.
Dirk Sutro has written about the arts and architecture for thirty years. He served as architecture critic for the San Diego Tribune and then the Los Angeles Times (San Diego edition) and has frequently written about issues of planning and urban design, including the development of the University of California, San Diego, campus during the late 1980s. Sutro works as communications manager of the Department of Music at UCSD. Sutro is a graduate of University of Caifornia, Berkeley.