Fall in Love
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Also published on the Cheops website, Eindhoven University of Technology's Study Association of the Built Environment.
Welcome back everyone, I hope your semester or quarter is going well so far and that you enjoyed my first post on the blog. Do not give up yet, we are almost at the end of the year when it is time to relax during winter break and the lovely, cozy holidays.
Firstly, I would like to talk about different academic buildings on campus. On West Green, the part where I live, we have a couple of halls but mainly dormitories. The bigger halls are called Stocker Centre (engineering), the Academic and Research Centre (engineering and health sciences), and Irvine Hall (health sciences). As shown below, the most remarkable thing about the buildings is the similarity with the European architecture like the classicism. For example, most halls have Doric columns at the entrance or a tympanon on top, the triangular shape of a temple.
Secondly, most residential buildings are constructed with timber structures on the inside (HSB in Dutch). This results in a lot of noise complaints, especially in the dorms that I have lived in so far. The floor plan of my dorm is designed in a way that two rooms are separated by a massive, load-bearing wall on one side and just a tin wall of timber closets and drawers on the other side. This latter wall does not have any acoustic value at all. So, when the crazy loud air-conditioning is switched off, you hear every single word of what your neighbors say, especially during college festivities, haha. Luckily, our air-conditioning is turned on 24/7 since it gets really hot and humid during summer, but also during winter when they switch the heaters on constantly. On the picture below you can see West Green with the typical crossed paths in the center and my current dorm on the left. Notice that you can also see the previously described Stocker Centre and Irvine Hall in the background.
Thirdly, Ohio University knows several fraternities and sororities which are mainly located on and around College Green. I do not want to talk too much about this type of architecture since I will write a specific blog on just this topic, when I write about the differences in college experience and the Greek life. I also decided to leave the athletic buildings for another blog, when I write about my experience as an athlete at an American university.
Finally, we will end today’s tour with the dining halls. Two of them, Nelson Hall and Shively, are located on South Green, but the most delicious dining hall is definitely Boyd on West Green.
''Don't follow your dreams, chase it, and you will catch one like an ascending balloon.''
- Illona Hartman.
Have a good break and until next time!