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Historical Context



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Visual Evidence

Photo 4: Basic cadets, August 1958.[Photo 4] with link to larger photo.
(USAFA, Special Collections)

Photo 4 shows basic cadets climbing a ramp to the Terrazzo Level of the Cadet Area. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill used the Air Force Academy project to test new technology and building materials. Because of the extensive use of glass (more than one million square feet) and the sunny climate, the firm convinced glass makers to produce a gray tinted glass to absorb heat and light. SOM also experimented with anodizing the aluminum to prevent discoloration and used new finishing techniques for the granite covering the huge retaining walls.

Questions for Photo 4

1. What new technologies did SOM use for the Air Force Academy project? What evidence of these can you find in the photo?

2. In your own words, how would you describe the architectural style of the building shown in the photo?

3. What are the cadets doing in this photo? Why do you think the cadets at the top of the ramp are dressed differently than those marching up the ramp?

* The photo on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 4, but be aware that the file will take as much as 30 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.



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