Waste and vandalism in higher education

A disgraceful story from the ANU, h/t Tony Thomas.

For reasons that defy explanation the Australian National University condemned a perfectly adequate building that is also the heritage-listed point of origin for world-leading research in half a dozen disciplines. Why squander money and resources? Welcome to tertiary education in Australia.

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12 Responses to Waste and vandalism in higher education

  1. iamok

    Some years ago I hired the wife of the then VC of Deakin Uni. He was around for a few years and his only lasting legacy is the ginormous building on the Geelong waterfront. Named after him.

    And this is how it is. It’s much more important to leave your name in lights than actually provide quality education in Oz.

  2. Rae

    Sentimental twaddle. Yes there are nice views from there, and the Professor doesn’t want to move from his patch. But, the building are old and ugly and functionally insignificant. The move to new premises is warranted and will be better for the students and the staff.

  3. Hydra

    Some years ago I hired the wife of the then VC of Deakin Uni. He was around for a few years and his only lasting legacy is the ginormous building on the Geelong waterfront. Named after him.

    As alumni of Deakin Waterfront I really like the campus. I do like Waurn Ponds better though.

    But you make fair points.

  4. Sinclair Davidson

    The demolition of any building in Canberra can only ever be described as a good start.

    The notion that any building in Canberra has heritage value simply beggars belief.

  5. .

    Maybe old Parliament House, the old Hyatt, Duntroon, Yarralumya…but that is about it.

    The heritage value in ANU is its layout: the main roads into the quad were for a particle accelerator and nuke reactor.

    ANU was built to facilitate an Australian nuke weapons programme.

  6. stackja

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2775954, posted on July 30, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Old Parliament House?

  7. Habib

    The notion that any building in Canberra has heritage value simply beggars belief.

    +100. Target value however is a completely different matter.

  8. Des Deskperson

    I believe that this is the building:

    https://physics.anu.edu.au/appmaths/

    Looks like a pleasant enough place to while away your tenured time, but seems to be of minimal architectural or aesthetic significance. We have only heard one side of the story, and Prof Ninham’s main concern seems to be the destruction of what he regards as a memorial to himself.

    In terms of architectural significance, the only building in Canberra worth preserving is the Finnish Embassy.

  9. Snoopy

    The notion that any building in Canberra has heritage value simply beggars belief.

    The Australian Academy of Science?

  10. Snoopy

    The whole RMIT campus deserves to be razed for the RMIT’s collaboration with ABC ‘Fact Check’.

  11. Helen

    Re: The notion that any building in Canberra has heritage value simply beggars belief. After all, Canberra only just over 100 years old.

    If so, the notion that any building in Australia has heritage value simply beggars belief. After all, European buildings in Australia are all less than 230 years old.

    How to get rid of the whole heritage business? Don’t let anything (university, church, cemetery, war memorial) hang around for longer than 50 years.

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