I can feel it... the turn of the earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. The entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We're falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world.
Jackson Library Tower voted “Most Austere” by Soviet Architecture Magazine
GREENSBORO- UNCG’s own Jackson Library Tower has been awarded the coveted top prize for “Austerity in Brutalist Design” by Soviet Architecture Magazine. The prestigious publication gave the Library Tower four-and-a-half Hammers & SIckles in its March-April issue, praising the campus landmark’s proletarian concrete construction, domination of the local landscape, and ability to invoke a sense of dread in observers.
Soviet Architecture’s Editor-in-Chief, Boris Yakunov, called the imposing building “a monolithic rebuttal to the aspirational lies of the Capitalist machine,” noting that “its harsh angles and monochromatic facade defy the fetishization of western consumerism, while the sheer size of the structure dwarfs the individual and refocuses attention on the collective.” Yakunov’s review praised the edifice’s “tendency to block out the sun, symbolically shielding the populous from the opioid delusion of religious deification.”
Despite calling it “a brutalist masterpiece that blurs the bourgeois-constructed line between utopia and dystopia,” Soviet Architecture Magazine leveled some criticism at Jackson Library, noting the opulence of the surrounding campus and the fact that “the computers in the Superlab are fucking slow even by Easter European standards.”
I suppose all I need now is the burger…..and maybe some more beer