Handsome rectangular box?

Architecture Here and There

Applied Math Building recently completed at Brown. (Photo by David Brussat) Applied Math Building recently completed at Brown, on Hope. (Photo by David Brussat)

I had hoped to remain mum to “Brown’s handsome rectangular box,” as the headline over my friend William Morgan’s piece in the Providence Journal describes the university’s latest foray into the avant garde. Not very far into it, Morgan shrugs, and I would agree – not very far being still more than a mite too far. But I don’t know where to begin criticizing the critic’s roundup of recent Brown architecture.

Math Building, George Street. (David Brussat) Math Building, George Street. (David Brussat)

Math Building facing lawn (to come) and George Street. (David Brussat) Math Building facing lawn (to come) and George Street. (David Brussat)

Math building's steel shingles. (David Brussat) Math building’s steel shingles. (David Brussat)

Nelson Building's diapered brickwork. (David Brussat) Nelson Fitness Center’s diapered brickwork. (David Brussat)

Jonathan Nelson Center, on Hope Street. (David Brussat) Nelson Center, on Hope Street. (David Brussat)

Granoff Center's frightful accordion facade. (David Brussat) Granoff Center’s frightful accordion facade. (David Brussat)

The new Applied Math Building’s rusty brown shingles give it a pre-weathered look that is quite nice, especially amid the…

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