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Mass Education

This is one of the famed skyscraper dorms at Illinois State University. I'm sure that in its own way, this building is as notable as any ivy-covered hall at Oxford or Yale. Sometimes it seems that American state universities apply "mass production" principles to higher education - and Illinois State is no better and no worse than dozens of similar insitutions from Maine to California.

The ISU Library

An austere functionalism rules here - and why not? The only rational purpose of a state university is to produce material benefits - preferably in monetary units - for the rest of society. One certainly would not want to engage in such arcane and elitist ideas as "beauty for beauty's sake." Thus, it is entirely appropriate that a university library should resemble the headquarters of an insurance company - or an obscure government bureaucracy.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A "Normal School" -- education for the good of the people
  • Cons:Is this as good as it gets?
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  • Last visit to Normal: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2005 at 1:44 PM

    Love your biting humor on education and architecture here! You are quite amusing!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2004 at 8:54 PM

    An interesting "take" on public education, Chet. I must agree about the quality of the architecture on this campus as well as many other around the country. Your wit is once again evident as is your knowledge of architecture. Enjoyable.


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