The runner-up had both aesthetic and academic appeal. Arizona State University’s buildings include architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s last major work of design, Gammage Hall. Its Flexible Design Center, best known recently for its collaboration with Hewlett Packard on roll up computer technology, and the University Bridge -an innovative street crossing with steps designed by a chiropractor to realign one’s spine with continued use, speak to the school’s innovative edge. The School of Sustainability offers the first interdisciplinary degree program of its kind aimed at tackling ecological, economic and social issues in the 21st century and beyond.
And then there are the palm trees. Over 100 trees form Palm Walk, stretching from the University Bridge to the Student Rec Complex. And, at the Rec Complex you will find an oversize outdoor pool that is heated in the winter and cooled in the summer for optimal year-round swimming. Yes, Tempe definitely lacks winter weather, but it doesn’t always lack for snow. The Sun Devils’ student government sponsored a second annual “Devilpalooza” in February that featured live music and BMX/FMX ramps and twenty tons of snow (!) with yet another ramp to keep all the snowboarders and skiers in the desert happy.
As I related in an earlier post, my son will be attending the University of Cincinnati this fall, but we had a great time checking out ASU. And, we had a phenomenal time hiking northern and central Arizona!
Stories and hiking adventures to come…