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Architecture

The only way is Essex University

Stephen Bayley celebrates the 50th anniversary of this ambitious, and for its day visionary, campus

1 November 2014

9:00 AM

1 November 2014

9:00 AM

We are told this is now a ‘knowledge economy’. Strange, then, that there are so few recent educational buildings of note. An expansion of universities has not led to much enlightened architectural patronage. Rather the opposite, in fact. The university visual trope remains those dogged dreaming spires. And London’s skyline is punctuated not by grand monuments to learning but by the swaggering, leering one-liners of the global plutocracy.

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