Art: The Campus: Architecture's Show Place

IN 18th century America, the best architecture generally was done for church and government. In the 19th century, the U.S.'s energetic new merchants demanded and got structures that achieved power through honesty. For the first half of this century, the office builder tended to get the great result. Now the U.S.'s colleges and universities clearly have become architecture's prime patrons.

The educators had almost no choice. Faced with the problem of educating the children produced in the post-World War II "baby boom," nearly every college has sought—often desperately—to expand its facilities. Since 1960...

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