Video: FLW and Robert A.M. Stern @ Florida Southern Campus

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Video: FLW and Robert A.M. Stern @ Florida Southern Campus

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A good history of the site and an explanation of RAMSA's design rationales for their recent work on the campus:
https://www.ramsa.com/videos/video/buil ... rn-college

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Re: Video: FLW and Robert A.M. Stern @ Florida Southern Campus

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That was a very worthwhile viewing; the history of the site, Wright's buildings and the new work were clearly described and well illustrated. I'm not a fan of Stern's work, on the whole; he's no Philip Johnson, in my view, and that's faint praise of Johnson, at best. Of the new FSC buildings, I like the residence halls best; the overstated public spaces and porches of the other structures, and the gratuitous curvature of their roofs, are regrettable as I see it.

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Re: Video: FLW and Robert A.M. Stern @ Florida Southern Campus

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Agreed.
In my recent annual visits to the campus during holidays and having the opportunity to see the current building program, I hadn’t imagined that RAMSA had designed anything other than the residence halls.

The residence halls have a depth to them and a sense of thought in their design at a variety of scales. I was aware RAMSA used a Wright siting concept as a generative idea, but their avoidance of slavishly or superficially aping Wright made them both unique and appropriate to the campus.

The other two buildings don’t have the same sense of awareness of their surroundings, humble but strong presence, and they seem to dabble in a superficial “Wrightness” with the seeming reliance on RED elements and attempted cantilever drama.

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