San Diego - University of California, San Diego - Part 1
San Diego is the 8th largest city in the United States by population (1,355,000) and is by far the largest city of the San Diego-Carlsbad Metropolitan Statistical Area in Southern California (the 12th largest in the United States).
The University of California, San Diego, is located about 12 miles North of Downtown on hilly terrain that overlooks the nearby Pacific Ocean near the La Jolla region of the city. It was established in 1960 and grew throughout the 1960's. It is grouped in 6 colleges that are in clusters but the numerous recent developments have grown to blur the distinctions between these areas. This thread will focus on the features of the university's West Campus (the main campus) in two parts. Part 1 will begin with some of the original buildings from the 1960's and progress to some of the recent developments. Part 2 will continue the focus on recent buildings.
xzmattzx, the house is one of the pieces that comprise the university's campus-wide art program called The Stuart Collection. This piece is called "Fallen Star" by Do Ho Suh, and here is a link to a nifty webpage about it:
Nope, Brutalist architecture doesn't look that great in sunny places, either. So it's not just the weather that makes it ugly.
Things definitely look better when Postmodernism sets in. (Beginning with the Brutalist/Postmodern hybrid in that library.)
Two of the best examples of brutalism are located here. Geisel Library and the Salk Institute (which is across the street from UCSD).
Besides those two works, I agree that the style doesn't really suit the climate (or campus) at UC San Diego. I personally hated the 1960s parts of campus when I went to school here. The interior courtyards are very dark and cold.