Design Library News
August 26, 2016
9:30am – 10:30am
Teaching and Visualization Lab at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library
Tania Allen and Sara Queen, assistant professors in the College of Design, will discuss the cross-disciplinary graduate level research and mapping seminar they developed: DIY (Do It Yourself) Cartography. In this course, students used techniques of mapping as a comparative analytic tool to uncover hidden meanings between data and reality. The course curated diverse historical perspectives through the lenses of natural history, the social city, the physical city, economics, politics, arts and culture. Allen and Queen will show student work from the class, explain the research and data collection methods used, and discuss how the mapping and visualization process was used as a technique to raise fundamental questions about the trajectory of urban development in Raleigh.Contact Information Walt Gurley (919) 515-8822 email@example.com Admission Information
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Coffee & Viz is a program of the NCSU Libraries. Coffee and light refreshments will be available in an adjacent space begining at 9:15 a.m.; program begins at 9:30 a.m.
With demolition completed recently, the landmark Harrelson Hall is at an end. We wanted to continuing looking back at its earliest days, and we developed the timeline below to show how the building came to be created:
The North Carolina General Assembly authorized construction of a new classroom building on the NC State campus.
Plans were developed for the new classroom building to be circular.
The Building and Grounds Committee approved the space between Polk and Williams Halls as the location of the new classroom building.
The Board of Trustees approved the official naming of the new classroom building as Harrelson Hall in honor of Chancellor John W. Harrelson.
Architectural plans for Harrelson Hall were released to the public. The architects were Holloway-Reeves and Associates, aided by architecture faculty member E. W. “Terry” Waugh. Waugh was responsible for the circular design concept, believed to enclose the largest amount of space with the least amount of materials, a necessary requirement during a time of teacher shortages and increasing enrollment. The pie-slice shapes of interior spaces was thought to make perfect classrooms, some of which could hold 200 students.
Plans for the “round classroom building” were finalized; construction began. T. A. Loving and Company was the general contractor. Concrete was a major material used in construction; some parts of the building were precast and others poured in place.
The core of the building (including the bathrooms, utilities, and ramp) was constructed first.
Construction was completed. The university stated the final cost was $2,250,000 (later that was revised down to $1,990,000). At first the university claimed the building’s 77 classrooms could hold 4,500 students. This may have been overly optimistic; a few years later, the campus facilities office stated that Harrelson Hall could seat only 3,254 students. Nevertheless, both numbers are impressive because a total of 7,117 students were enrolled at NC State during the Fall 1961 semester.
The public first glimpsed the inside of the building. Only one floor was completely furnished for an open house on November 4. At another open house on November 18 as part of Homecoming festivities, 1,200 people filed through the building. While most comments were favorable, some criticism was noted: people complained of noisy steam pipes, a lack of bathrooms for women (there was only one), and potential dangers with the ramp. Some noted that it took significantly longer to walk the ramp than climb the stairs.
The Department of Mathematics was the first unit to move into the building.
Students had already begun calling the building “The Pie” and having fun with it: the February 8 Technician reported on a student roller skating down the ramp. Landscaping was still incomplete, and students and faculty complained of mud and weeds surrounding the building (it would be five more years before the Brickyard was constructed). Over time, complaints about the building mounted, including noisy air conditioning, curved chalkboards, and disorienting corridors and ramps.
7 March 1962
The building was officially dedicated as part of NC State’s 75th anniversary ceremonies and the 100th anniversary of the Morrill Act creating land-grant colleges and universities.
The Building and Grounds Committee recommended funds for landscaping around Harrelson Hall and development of detailed landscaping plans for the open space nearby.
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On May 16, 1950, the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright visited the School of Design at NC State University and spoke to over 5,000 people at Reynolds Coliseum for an architecture lecture. He even stayed with Dean Henry Kamphoefner at his modernist home in Raleigh. In the photograph above, from Special Collections, Wright is pictured walking with Dean Kamphoefner. North Carolina Modernist Houses has provided a full account of his visit to campus.
Unfortunately, a recording of this important lecture has never been located. North Carolina Modernist Houses has been on a quest to find one. Can you help?
The Special Collections Research Center has just acquired a drawing by former NC State faculty member Duncan Stuart. Stuart was one of the founding faculty members of the School (now College) of Design. The drawing was donated by one of Stuart’s former students, who studied architecture at the School of Design in the early 1970s.
Stuart (1919-2001) was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and studied at the University of Oklahoma, Chouinard Art Institute, and Yale University. He served in World War II as a cartographer. In 1948 he was appointed by Dean Henry Kamphoefner as associate professor. During his long and distinguished career Stuart’s works were exhibited at a number of institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Chicago Art Institute. He worked in the 1950s on the geodesic dome and with Synergetics, Inc.
Stuart was known and recognized as an outstanding teacher, and during his career received the Distinguished Professor Award at NC State. On August 29, 1965, he was announced as the “Tar Heel of the Week” by the Raleigh News & Observer. The article included many quotes from former students, one of whom noted, “He was intent on teaching us to think for ourselves.” Another observed that, “He always seemed interested in us as individuals, not just as members of the class. He would talk to us about what we were doing and the conversation was two-way communication, not one-way.”
Stay tuned for more information about this drawing as we process this item and prepare the finding aid for access. The image above is a close view of the image, which is on paper and measures approximately 36″ by 36″. For more information about Architecture and Design collections in Special Collections, please visit our website.
New Finding Aid for the Greenways Incorporated Records and Charles A. Flink Papers (Previously: Greenways Incorporated Records) is Now Available
NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce that there is now a fully processed (and recently renamed) finding aid for the Greenways Incorporated Records and Charles A. Flink Papers.
This collection now contains more professional documents from, and about, Charles A. Flink, President of Greenways Incorporated. The Professional Papers and Publications series in the Greenways Incorporated Records and Charles A. Flink Papers allows researchers insight into the details of the professional life of a leading landscape architect. Within the Professional Papers and Publications (1972-2014) series there are documents about awards that Charles A. Flink received over the years, articles and information about various greenways, and papers pertaining to the book he co-authored, Greenways: A Guide to Planning, published in 1993.
Charles A. Flink started Greenways Incorporated, a landscape architecture firm that specializes in the development of greenways, in 1986. Greenways are paths that usually run along naturally occurring or already created man-made corridors and are designated for pedestrian use. There are multiple greenway collections at the NCSU Special Collections Research Center.
In addition to greenways in the United States, Charles A. Flink has worked on some international projects. His international projects are admired and he has been nationally recognized as well. In 1995 Charles A. Flink and Greenways Incorporated received an Environmental Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration for the innovative Swift Creek Recycled Greenway in Cary, N.C.
The path, created out of recycled material, is an example of some of the local innovative work done by Charles A. Flink and Greenways Incorporated. Another famous trail he worked on is located away from North Carolina, the Grand Canyon Greenway in Arizona has become known nationally as it is part of a national park.
As is evident in this brief description, this collection possesses information on many different greenway projects. Please refer to the recently renamed, Greenways Incorporated Records and Charles A. Flink Papers for further information.