- Dec 2017
they are of opinion that it should consist of distinct houses or pavilions, arranged at proper distances on each side of a lawn of a proper breadth, & of indefinite extent in one direction at least
Being a part of an Aesthetic Engagement this semester I am fascinated by the ideas of "proper distances", "proper breadth", and "indefinite extent". These dimensions display a strong sense of uniformity and symmetry that align with the Founder's aims of creating an surrounding intellectual oasis, where one can nurture both the body and the mind. By creating encapsulating buildings around the central lawn, one can feel almost 'enclosed' within a communal space of learning and improvement. Furthermore, these design plans lay testament to Jefferson's focus on architectural beauty and his aim of creating a space that is 'worthy' of being associated with learning and higher education. It is also interesting to see how this focus on aesthetic and architecture has been carried on through the post-Jefferson eras, through the beautiful sculptures, artwork, and murals on UVA's campus today (Eg. Berlin Wall Installation).