This week’s reading

This week I've been reading articles on America and the death penalty, sprawl's Achilles heel, whether college is worth it, personal financial, and London's evolution.

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Collegiate brutal: Why brutalist-style buildings are so common on American college campuses

Were brutalist-style academic buildings really designed to thwart student riots and counterculture? Probably not, writes Slate's J. Bryan Lowder. The more likely reason: because they were cheap. University administrators were looking after the bottom line a little more than they were looking to quell student aspirations. Though, as any student who has taken classes in a cold, colorless, concrete brutalist building may tell you, they may have succeeded in doing that, too.