On Thursday, February 11, 2016, the University of Washington (UW) Board of Regents will decide what course to officially pursue regarding the construction of the Computer Science and Engineering Building II (CSE II). Based on the recently released Final Supplemental Enivronmental Impact Statement and in preparation for the upcoming Board of Regents Meeting, the administration has published their recommendations which can be found here.
While the recommendations come as no surprise, they certainly are disappointing. Comments regarding the Nuclear Reactor Building (More Hall Annex) are as follows:
Save the Reactor: To clarify, the preservation community does value the building as it is, but does not prefer that the building remain vacant and unused. Buildings convey their significance most effectively when they are an active and useful part of a community and when they are able to contribute a sense of history to the present narrative.
Save the Reactor: The emphasis on analyzing the building based on its the "attractiveness" (or alleged lack thereof) is an insufficient critique as it is completely subjective. The historic and architectural significance of the building are the essential factors, not the present interpretation of taste.