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John W. Olver Design Building, University of Massachusetts

Timber: A Tradition ReVIved

Leers Weinzapfel Associates

America settentrionale | Amherst

The campus of UMass, as the University of Massachusetts is affectionately called, is dotted around the small town of Amherst - where this public seat of learning was founded in 1863 - as well as in other locations in the Massachusetts hills, and in the city of Boston. To European eyes, Amherst appears almost “empty”, devoid of a nucleus resembling our old town centers. The old town is rather a crossroads bordered by a few historic buildings, a configuration that speaks of its rural past, so well described in the memorable verses of the poet Emily Dickinson who lived out her whole life in Amherst. UMass was founded to give the citizens of Massachusetts formal training in agriculture, mechanics and the military arts. The first two still feature largely in the range of subjects, and the university has played a major role in doubling the town’s population, who today...

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