ugly RIT campus
This week I wanted to discuss my initial impression of RIT. When I accompanied my partner to RIT for the first time, I was awestruck in all of the wrong ways. “It looks like a big community college,” were the first words out of my mouth, I believe. Every decision a university makes should be intentional and the all-brick square-edged campus of RIT gave me the initial impression of something much smaller and uptight than I discovered to be the case. While contextually I understand that the design is efficient and endures the snow well, I’ve met several previous potential students that opted out of RIT in their decision due only to the feel of the campus.
To clarify, Helmers specifically mentions the reaction that all viewers have an immediate reaction. There is an impression that any visual bestows, just as “the image either compels us to to examine it or look away,” the message relayed by the RIT campus is not a positive one. Kelly mentions the context of the brick choice below, in how the architects took into consideration the brick’s color when wet.
Ultimately, I believe that function defeated form in this case, to the detriment of all RIT students and potential students.