This article out of the New York Times talks about the resurgence of Yale’s School of Architecture. It makes me very glad that the resurgence has come out of a new-found dedication to the spirit of open inquiry into form, function, and everything else that should go into architecture, as opposed to being wedded to one school of “progressive” thought:
WHEN Robert A. M. Stern was appointed dean of the Yale School of Architecture in 1998, the reaction among a broad swath of students, faculty members and prominent architects was shock mixed with disdainful indignation. Too traditional, they argued, a backward decision for an institution known for producing the progressive architects of tomorrow. […]
But even those who dislike — or even dismiss — his architecture as retrograde say he has transformed Yale’s Architecture School from a complacent institution that mirrored the likes and dislikes of its deans into a vibrant nexus of ideas and debate in which multiple views are represented and conflict encouraged.