Walking on Arizona State University Campus

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Walking on Arizona State University Campus

After I climbed “A” Mountain last week, I walked on to nearby ASU. I passed by Tempe City Hall, below. If it looks kind of wonky, it’s because, yes, it’s an inverted pyramid.

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Just north of ASU campus is the Islamic Community Center. See “A” Mountain in the background.

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Look at these lovely street lamps disguised as palm trees:

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I love college campuses. From the time I was a junior in high school and was visiting potential higher education institutions, I’ve felt a distinct energy on campuses, a huge intellectual potential; students and faculty members with so much to offer and explore. I still experience that buzz any time I set foot on college property.

Every college has its Old Main building with a quad out front, and Arizona State University is no exception.

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ASU was founded as a Normal School,  a training college for teachers.

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The University Club is a private club for current and retired faculty, staff, alumni, community and corporate members, who can gather there for weekday lunches and meetings or special events.

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This is the entrance to Hayden Library, which is actually housed underground.

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I have no idea what this tower structure with the steps is, but it provides seating for people to eat lunch or check their phone.DSC03353

ASU’s Herberger Institute School of Music, one of the finest music programs in the country, is housed in this “birthday cake” building. Its architecture blends with the most famous building on campus a mere 100 yards away. . .

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The Grady Gammage Auditorium was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was originally supposed to be constructed in Baghdad, but the deal fell through. When ASU President Grady Gammage contacted Wright about building a concert hall for the University, Wright resurrected these plans. Neither Wright nor Gammage lived to see the building completed.

Besides being used for concerts of the University’s large musical ensembles, the 3,000 seat auditorium also hosts Broadway musical touring companies and many cultural and entertainment events open to the public. (The music building above also has a music theater, a concert hall, and a recital hall.)

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The sweeping ramps from the upper level of the building aid in allowing the audience to exit the building quickly after performances.

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ASU also has its own Art Museum.

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The Tempe main campus of ASU covers 661 acres and serves over 42,000 students. It is the fourth largest university in the US. I only photographed a few of the buildings, then headed to the light rail station (a 15 minute walk) for the ride home.

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