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The masses become dynamic in their interrelationships through the stepping of the intuitively static forms. 35 36 37 38 39 40 Preliminary tower design sketch viewing the site from the corner of Wilson Street and North Main Street. 41 Tower The role of the tower in this project is not straightforward. This is a result of the corner condition of Main Street and the Alumni Mall. The corner is a marker on a regional scale, but locally is being played down as a place. Entrances to the proposed building “short circuit” the corner, almost eliminating it from pedestrian experience.

3. Chicago Tribue Tower Competition Entry, by Alois Augenfeld, 1922. 4. see it or you do not. Much of how the tower affects its surroundings depends on whether we see the base or if it ends “within” the building. When a tower ends “within” the building it marks the place, even from a distance. 5). rather than the tower itself. 6). It both marks and makes the place. Arnos Grove underground station, by Adams, Holden, and Pearson, 1932. 5 5. Piamio Tuburculosis Sanatorium, Finland, by Alvar Alto, 1932.

52 53 54 Context Seeing an object in context gives a better understanding of its design than a two dimensional representation. Although the model lacks materiality, it brings a more complete understanding about site, mass, and scale. Opposite page, clockwise from the top right: looking south down North Main Street, the intersection with Faculty Street in the foreground; a view of the site looking north along South Main Street; the intersection of College Avenue and North Main Street; a view of the University wing from the lawn in front of Schultz Hall.

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