A collection of photos and essays on the breathtaking sights of the UCSC campus, taken and compiled by Emeritus faculty member James Clifford.
The University of California, Santa Cruz, built in a redwood forest overlooking Monterey Bay, defies description. The images and words gathered here attempt to render at least some of the qualities that make the place extraordinary. Photographs, all taken between 2001 and 2015, are accompanied by three linked essays. The first searches for a historical ecology and an aesthetics that can do justice to the site's complexity. The second pays tribute to the landscape architect, Thomas Church, who decisively influenced the shaping of the campus. The third traces UCSC's experiment with environmental design through changing times and ponders its continued significance.