The U C San Diego campus, covering 1,200 acres along the Pacific Ocean, was started in 1960 from the consolidation of two military bases. The University buildings range from the spartan barracks of the old military installations to the high-profile Modernist showpiece of the Geisel Library tower. Landscape projects such as Library Walk have been created in an attempt to unify some of this diversity, as well as rationalize movement across the sprawling campus. Also, the site-specific sculptures of the Stuart Collection, positioned around the University by the artists themselves, lend an air of critical awareness, self-consciousness, and sophistication uncharacteristic of the campus in general.
UCSD Arts & Humanities Dean Seth Lerer, campus architect Boone Hellmann, author Dirk Sutro and architect Rob Quigley present the modern architecture that distinguishes UC San Diego.