The Technician has an article about the …

The Technician has an article about the impending death of Harrelson Hall, the cylindrical building in the middle of campus that was built in the fifties as a model of efficiency. Like, seriously: to use the bath room, you go in the “In” door, use the facilities, wash your hands at the sink and go out the “Out” door, the whole time moving in this counter-clockwise arc around the center of the building. It seems like the kind of thing that could handle the worst post-class rush.

But as the article demonstrates, it’s become very cool to hate on Harrelson, but I for one kinda like it. Sure the stairs are steep: this is the math building. Things here are going to be hard!

Sure the hallways are concentric circles so it’s easy to walk around the building without realizing it. But the rooms are numbered from 1 to 360 in an obvious pattern. From any given place in the building, you should only have to walk at most a half-circumference to get to your destination.

Maybe I’m too much of a dreamer, but I’ve always been enchanted by the sense of hope that Harrelson embodied: trying to create this perfectly efficient building to enable the Learning of The Future. Maybe the implementation of the building has a few flaws, but just looking at the soul of the building really makes you wish for the days when we believed that all we had to do was study enough and we could solve any problem.

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