November 30, 2005

Get me away from here, I’m dying

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomemos @ 2:48 am

I do a lot of complaining about Irvine, and it is 100% deserved. I think people often assume I’m exaggerating, or else simply don’t understand how the town could have ended up this way–in Berkeley over the weekend, I talked to someone who couldn’t understand how Irvine could be a planned community and yet have no downtown. I’ve tried to make use of vignettes to exemplify how barren UCI is aesthetically (judging from photos around campus, it’s the one UC campus that Ansel Adams couldn’t make look good) and socially (the pub is closed on weekends, or it was when it wasn’t closed for renovations). But I’ve never found an example quite as effective as this quote from the UCI library’s temporary exhibit on UCI architecture:

“The Engineering Tower (1970) and the original Computer Science building (1971) are hallmarks of the Brutalist era. As documented in campus photographs, UCI was chosen as a location for the futuristic film The Conquest of the Planet of the Apes in 1972 because the architectural style and barren landscape fulfilled the director’s image of a post-nuclear future.”

Yes, that’s right. I’m enrolled in a university that bears a strong resemblance to a ruined world ruled by apes.



  1. Holy shit dude! I am totally looking at UCI, but that…just…shit.

    Comment by locks — November 30, 2005 @ 9:04 am

  2. Does UCI have a football team? Because campuses with football teams are the ones that are consistently ruined by apes.

    I should know. Yea midwestern waistland!

    Comment by Am — November 30, 2005 @ 10:29 am

  3. Locks: Hey, academically it’s quite strong. Like Dr. Zaius, its capacious intellect is hidden behind an ugly, simian countenance.

    AM: We don’t have a football team, actually. The legend has it that the students voted for a science library over a football team, which I suppose is redemptive. And yeah, I know about the ape thing–I visited the U. of Iowa on a fall Saturday. Even as a longtime sports fan I had never seen anything quite like it.

    Comment by Tom — November 30, 2005 @ 12:50 pm

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