• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 12 comments on School of Law to Get Major Face-lift

  1. This project is seriously needed. I hope the facade is going to be renovated as well to be more in line with the feel of campus. The building is an absolute eye sore right now.

  2. Very glad to hear this – the law building must be one of the ugliest in all of higher education! It’s a major eyesore on an already aesthetically-challenged campus.

  3. The Law tower is not an eyesore. In fact, it is one of the shining examples of the brutalism style. It’s a shame that most people just do not understand it, and neglect to give it the credit it deserves.

    I hope the renovation and expansion is sensitive to this important building and enhances the overall student experience.

  4. “Do not understand it?” Are you serious? That is just snooty and insulting. Art and beauty can be recognized by the masses (just for the untrained, unable to identify and articulate the elements, but they still see it).

    That Law Tower, only gives a closed, forbidden, and depressing aura. One can argue that there’s a beauty in that, if I state at Boston City Hall long enough, I can see that element in its architecture, but it doesn’t dismiss the fact that the aura is still foreboding and depressing as by the nature of using materials that is used for MILITARY BUNKERS.

    The Law Tower did done one thing right, it looks awesome at sunset and sunrise as it is designed to look cool in shadows. Too bad that only about 2 hours of the day.

  5. It is not snooty and insulting. In fact, it’s insulting to call this work of art an eyesore in the same way as it would be to call a Picasso one. Sure, it’s a matter of opinion not to like something, but there are also facts that seem to be shamefully ignored when people talk about this building in such sweeping generalizations.

    No surprise the architect of this building, Sert, was among company in Picasso, Dali, and a few others.

  6. “It’s a shame that most people just do not understand it” I gues we alls just to dum to see the beautee that the elite see so readily!

  7. I think there is beauty in the Law Tower…. in the same way that there’s beauty in a crying child or a black and while photo of a war ravaged town. But this really isn’t the type of beauty I want to look at every day.

  8. Obviously, everyone has their own opinion – I’m with the eyesores – I went to law school in that horrendously ugly building… during high winds, it would feel like it was shaking – it was horrible from an aestethic and functionality standpoint. Relying on old, crowded elevators to get anywhere was never fun. To those who love “brutalism” architecture, feel free to buy a house for yourself and live there. For the rest of us, I’m looking forward to seeing an improved law school!

  9. When you pay so much money and work so darn hard to get into law school, I think you’d like it to have a nice atmosphere. When you look at buildings in other schools like in Cambridge or Oxford, you look at the buildings and grounds and the beauty students are surrounded by everyday and can easily see how students could become greatly inspired and refreshed. Let the renovations aim to provide the same beauty and inspiration for BU LAW students.

  10. The outside of the building cannot be changed—it’s historically protected, hence why the article specifies: “interior upgrades and construction of a new west wing.”

    The add-ons may finesse the look a bit, but the outside will remain otherwise unchanged. /End aesthetic debate that somehow turned into a conversation on “elitism,” like every disagreement ever.

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