The author of this book that I forgot the name once described that each building type should have a certain look. A prison should not look like a school or vice versa. A prison should give you a feeling that it is made of durable and strong material such as stone or concrete that can prevent prisoners from escaping. It would be wrong if a prison has a glass facade because too much glass makes the prison looks weak and breakable.
Regarding prestigious higher educational institutions, it seems like lots of us have this image of a group of classical buildings with flights of steps leading to their grand entryways. The truth is classical buildings do give us this feeling of tradition and permanence which fit well with our image of a good education.
low memorial library, columbia university, new york city – 2:56pm, nov 9, 2010