Over the course of the last 6 months Kent State University Architect’s Office worked with a technology imaging firm to produce a pretty interesting retrospective on the emergence of the Kent State University campus and it’s many buildings that we see today from what was farm fields 100 years ago.
The video offers a three-D panoramic that flies you overhead to get a birds eye view of the construction of the campus buildings on a year to year basis. After the initial creation of the campus, construction was relatively slow until post World War II and then the 1960′s – 1970′s arrived and buildings popped up at a significantly more rapid clip.
Things quieted back down on campus from the 1970′s to present but with their nearly $200 million bond package, KSU is getting ready to jump headlong back into the business of modernizing the buildings that are keepers and tearing down the one’s that no longer make the grade.
With so much going on (both on and off campus) it’s hard to keep perspective and context for all the work — which in part gave birth to the idea of the retrospective video. The video montage is a nod to the idea that the only thing more important than knowing where you’re going is knowing where you come from. This video does both.
The University has been showing the video around town and they just posted it up on the YouTube so everyone can see, appreciate, and enjoy the interesting perspective offered by the high tech wizardry that seamlessly integrates into our Kent landscape for a look back and a peak at our future.
Enjoy the 100 Year Video Clip.