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Yale's Intelligent Design
By Carol Tisch

H.L. Mencken, the notoriously acerbic Baltimore Sun scribe who never attended college, once wrote, "Those who can—do. Those who can't—teach." His famous witticism falls flat on its face when one considers the remarkable "doers" associated with the Yale School of Architecture.

Paul Rudolph was chairman when he built his most famous and controversial work: Yale's Art and Architecture Building. Some 40 years later, Dean Robert A.M. Stern, one of Rudolph's former students, commissioned ...

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