University of California, San Diego
“Wow! The Campus Guide is spectacular! We are so pleased and excited. We are very grateful for everyone’s efforts at the Press.”
— M. Boone Hellman, FAIA, UCSD
Founded during the Space Age boom of the 1950s, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus showcases some of California’s finest postwar design, ranging from the sixties’ spare concrete structures to light and open California modernist designs, to buildings of the new millennium that reflect innovative ideas about connecting buildings with the campus community. University of California, San Diego: The Campus Guide celebrates the sprawling, spectacular, and parklike campus that houses buildings spread out among old groves of eucalyptus trees and connected by plazas, courtyards, pedestrian promenades, and intimate gardens.
This Campus Guide presents the story of UCSD—its growth, planning, and architecture—as a colorful journey from the Sputnik era through the social and political transitions of the sixties, exciting scientific breakthroughs during the seventies, and new emerging modes of interdisciplinary collaboration.
The book showcases almost ninety significant architectural works on campus to reveal the very sources of modernist California architecture, from the influence of Richard Neutra, Frank Gehry, and the Case Study Architects in Los Angeles, to early San Diego modernist Louis Gill, and famed architect Louis Kahn, who designed the Salk Institute near UCSD.
The UCSD Campus Guide is organized into self-guided Walks, and illustrated by three-dimensional aerial maps and more than 120 stunning color photographs.
The book tells the stories about why this campus became the drawing board for some of the world’s best-known and most innovative architects, including Moshe Safdie, Antoine Predock, and Michael Rotondi. In the Campus Guide the reader discovers why architecture and planning are inspired by California’s temperate climate, and the truth behind the campus’s dramatic perch above the Pacific Ocean.
Author Dirk Sutro has written about the arts and architecture for thirty years. He served as architecture critic for the San Diego Tribune and then the Los Angeles Times (San Diego edition).