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The AQ; or why SFU architecture is really cool

Okay.  I know. Yesterday I wrote about how much I hate the depression caused by all the concrete on the SFU campus.  But I am large enough to contain contradictions.  But there are introductions to be made, so…here goes.

Everyone, this is the AQ.  AQ, this is everyone.  Well, not everyone, but a bunch of people who are nice enough to read my blog.

AQ stands for the Academic Quadrangle.  On the left, you’ll notice there is some water.  That water extends all along the west end of the AQ.  In that water live a school (pun intended) of koi fish.  Also, there are some chairs and a safety cone, but those are probably not supposed to be there.  To the right is a bronze statue of Terry Fox, a Canadian hero.  The two stories of the AQ you can see in this photo are classrooms.  The all have a great view of the quadrangle itself, except for the corner classrooms, which have an outside view.  What you can’t see are the two floors of classrooms, lecture halls, theaters and museums that are underground in roughly the same shape as the quadrangle you see here.  It’s pretty cool.

One bit of personal trivia:  you’re looking north toward the Education department, which is where I spent the summer of 1999 while attending class in my PDP year.  Pretty cool, I know.

BTW, if you click on the photo above (a panorama made up of three individual frames) you’ll get a larger view that might add some details.


2 responses

  1. What a cool looking place! Ashamed to say I have never been to SFU 😦

    February 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    • My favorite bit of trivia about the AQ is that it’s been used so often by TV shows and movies. Here’s a list – “X Files”, “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, “Stargate SG1”, “Agent Cody Banks”, and the short lived CBC series “jPod”. It just looks like FBI headquarters and directors have thought the same thing. The rest of the campus is similar in its “interesting-ness(?)” but totally different in its design. It’s definitely a cool place to visit, but you’ll need hiking boots because the elevation gains and losses on this campus are massive.

      February 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm