Tuesday, August 12, 2008

in with the new

... and out with the old, it seems.

Oxford has a shiny new Chemistry Research Lab:



When that opened, the New Chemistry Lab, where I used to work from 1993 to 2001, was renamed to Central Chemistry Lab. And now it appears they are knocking it down:



What a shame. I was so looking forward to having a blue plaque next to that door :D

too bad. The real trouble with the Science Area is not the mixed quality of the individual buildings but the fact that for decades everybody was allowed to build and extend whatever they wanted, without a master plan. So the whole area looks more like a cancerous growth than like a campus. A couple of years ago, the University noticed that and did come up with a master plan. Wondering whether they will now stick to that when replacing the poor old new chemistry building.

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