|Monumental architecture? Not according to Bruce Trigger.|
One of the planning principles is monumentality. What buildings on campus are "monumental"? The obvious answer is the football stadium, the biggest building on campus. But I follow Bruce Trigger's (1990) definition of monumental architecture as buildings that are larger than they need to be for their functioning. This can be a subjective judgment; who is to say how large a building "needs" to be? But it makes sense. Sun Devil Stadium HAS to be large to hold all the Sun Devil fans to see their first-place team (Pac-12, Southern Division) play football. So Trigger's definition of monumental does not fit.
|Smaller, but more "monumental" following Trigger.|
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Smith, Michael E.
2007 Form and Meaning in the Earliest Cities: A New Approach to Ancient Urban Planning. Journal of Planning History 6 (1): 3-47.
Trigger, Bruce G.
1990 Monumental Architecture: A Thermodynamic Explanation of Behavior. World Archaeology 22: 119-132.