Female Architecture

This is the entrance to Murray Edwards College. I feel a bit guilty that it hasn't appeared before as I had a Junior Research Fellowship there at one point. It is an all female college (apart from the fellows) and will remain that way until the ratio of men to women undergrads is 50:50. Until recently it was called New Hall and there has been some controversy about the change of name, but the intention was always to find a generous benefactor (in this case the Edwards family) and change the name accordingly. When I went to Fellows' meetings there was a memorable suggestion that we should get a coffee sponsor and change the name to Maxwell House! The University Library has a huge ugly square tower with a definite male feel to it whereas New Hall is famous for its more womanly curves! The round dining hall is very attractive inside.
OOoooh such pretty tulips! I love the title. I definitely appreciate the female curves of this building!! I think we should get some boob buildings commissioned in London :)
posted April 15th, 2012  
Beautiful composition, Judith...love the flowers, the colors, and the very soft, graceful, womanly architecture!
posted April 15th, 2012  
Love the riot of primary colours in the flowers, anchored by the entrance to the college in the background.
posted April 15th, 2012  
Stunning aspect of the original New Hall & glad they managed to find a sponsor but that name seems not to have the same ring !!!! Beautiful composition & love the curves & domes !! It must be wonderful to know these famous buildings intimately, no wonder you never moved away !
posted April 15th, 2012  
Interesting pic and text - wonder how long it will take to get to 50:50. When they've achieved it for students they could try it for academic staff!
posted April 15th, 2012  
@happypat I always felt a bit like an impostor when I was there in the Fellows' lounge etc - I was sure somebody would find me out! Wish I could do it again - I'd make more of it.
posted April 15th, 2012  
@fueast Then it will never go mixed! :0(
posted April 15th, 2012  
Stunning colour!!!!
posted April 15th, 2012  
Kim
Beautiful!
posted April 15th, 2012  
Wow, what a gorgeous garden-- striking colours. Interesting information too, I always appreciate knowing the background of the pictures
posted April 15th, 2012  
Another beautiful collage the grounds are all kept so well, a lovely shot.
posted April 15th, 2012  
Curvilicious! Beautiful shapes, colors, grandeur, and composition of the photo
posted April 15th, 2012  
lovely foreground colours!
posted April 15th, 2012  
A lovely composition!
posted April 15th, 2012  
It's a wonder the tulips and crown imperials look so well, considering the cold wet weather we are having at the moment. Bright and cheerful shot.
posted April 15th, 2012  
gorgeous tulip colours and architecture, interesting information
posted April 15th, 2012  
Nice composition. These flowers are beautiful against attractive building.
posted April 15th, 2012  
Great commentary about coffee sponsor. The yellow flowers at rear of garden on stalks seem unusual.
@fueast They would probably needs glass sponsor for ceiling.
posted April 15th, 2012  
@peterdegraaff ha ha - actually I've never really come across one although I do think that insufficient allowances are made for people with dogs and hobbies.
posted April 15th, 2012  
Love the colouring in the foreground!!
posted April 15th, 2012  
The tulips are beautiful :)
posted April 15th, 2012  
@peterdegraaff She'd be prime minister if she didn't have to walk the dog & do 365. @fueast
posted April 15th, 2012  
great shot Judith - love the curves of the building and the pops of colour from the flowers. Cambridge colleges are SO male dominated, this should stay female only forever!!
posted April 15th, 2012  
What a lovely show of color in the foreground!
posted April 15th, 2012  
@judithg Can't wait till @fueast is PM. That's what England needs, a bush walking, Olympus toting, hipstamtatic shooting rave party going, ecologically conscious leader. Really.
posted April 15th, 2012  
What a wonderful picture. the composition is great and so is the story, I like the building with the womanly curves.
posted April 15th, 2012  
@peterdegraaff Why thanks!
posted April 15th, 2012  
Lovely comp, i love all those flowers in the foreground =)
posted April 15th, 2012  
Interesting text. The mind runs riot with the possibilities of house names! Love the tulips as well.
posted April 16th, 2012  
Very pretty!
posted April 16th, 2012  
Wonderful shot.
posted April 16th, 2012  
So that's what female architecture looks like ;). As always a lovely composition. Sorry I haven't been commenting lately, I'm finally out of bed again...
posted April 16th, 2012  
Lovely colourful shot
posted April 16th, 2012  
Oh, dear. Looking at the caption after looking at the last photo made me think of a different female architecture.
Love the tulips and fritillaries.
posted April 16th, 2012  
Female building! I love it. And the tulips are just beautiful.
posted April 16th, 2012  
posted April 16th, 2012  
Great shot. Really like the composition with the very colourful foreground just adding to the femininity of the buildings curves!
posted April 16th, 2012  
Love the beautiful spring flower arrangement, the composition is just awesome
posted April 17th, 2012  
love those tall yellow things.
posted April 17th, 2012  
Beautiful Spring flowers. The tall yellow ones are so unusual!
posted April 17th, 2012  
@sailingmusic @moirab Imperial lilies - fabulous to look at but smell like fox wee!!
posted April 17th, 2012  
You have put me right off them not that I could identify the smell of fox wee! I can imagine......
posted April 17th, 2012  
Beautiful composition, Judith. Love the flowers in the foreground against the curves of the architecture.
posted April 18th, 2012  
I like your comments here, too. And lovely composition. Nice to get a photographic tour of your very interesting surroundings. Really want to go back to England.
posted April 18th, 2012  
Quite lovely!
posted April 18th, 2012  
interesting write up...and love those flowers in the foreground.
posted April 22nd, 2012  
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