Monday, February 11, 2008

Munk Lab Conference Room

Here is the Munk Laboratory, another building that is part of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) and also designed by Lloyd Ruocco. From the second floor entrance of the building, you can look down a long hallway to where the conference room perches above the ocean and see a little square of water and sky. I didn't go inside but I could see from where I took this photo that the room has a spectacular view and a nice telescope for visitors.


Blogger isabella said...

Were you there at sunset? Nice place.

Mon Feb 11, 11:40:00 AM PST  
Blogger expat said...

This lab is named for the late Walter Munk, one of the "Grand Old Men" of Scripps oceanography. Walter had an English wife, and we got along pretty well. In fact he was very kind to me, supporting my request to make a documentary film about an oceanographic research cruise, no holds barred. Unfortunately the film was never made -- it was destined for the Nova series on PBS, and Nova had other ideas.

Mon Feb 11, 12:48:00 PM PST  
Blogger Felicia said...

Hi-Isabella, yes it was at sunset - not as orange as I'd like but still nice. :) Expat, you are always surprising me, documentary films huh?! In researching the building, Judith Munk's name came up often as she had a strong influence on the design of the lab and most likely on the acquisition of the Donal Hord sculpture, as well as the bridge I'll show you tomorrow.

Mon Feb 11, 01:23:00 PM PST  
Blogger expat said...

More Munk trivia: Walter and Judith had a splendid mansion in La Jolla Farms (as did many professors who were appointed to the newly-established UCSD in 1960). They had an amphitheatre fashioned out of a partly natural hill formation, and put on summer concerts and plays for invited audiences. I'm sure the amphitheatre would still be there but who knows who the house belongs to now....

Mon Feb 11, 01:48:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Jackie said...

Just spotted this on the portal - lovely photo. It would certainly make conferences more bearable if you had a view like that!

Mon Feb 11, 01:48:00 PM PST  
Blogger Felicia said...

Yes, Expat I read about that. Did you ever get to see their home/the amphitheatre? Jackie, you are so right! I just imagine someone blah blah blahing and the attendees could just look thoughtfully out at the ocean!

Mon Feb 11, 02:38:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Greg said...

Trouble with conference rooms like that is i would spend all my time looking out the window and never know what was said :-)

Mon Feb 11, 06:42:00 PM PST  
Blogger ~tanty~ said...

Oh, I love this photo Felicia. The sunset colors are not so red or orange but it still beautiful.

Tue Feb 12, 01:54:00 AM PST  
Blogger expat said...

Yes I sure did. If I recall correctly, I went there "on business", to discuss my film proposal, then Gayle (now my wife) and I were both invited over on a more social occasion. Gayle was working at Scripps when we first met.

Tue Feb 12, 06:09:00 AM PST  
Blogger Paul Jamason said...

hey walter's still alive and well here at IGPP. judith did pass away a couple of years ago. their backyard amphitheater is a really neat spot. you can take a trail from there through the canyon and down to the beach.

the conference room at the end of the munk building is used for seminars and meetings. there's even a chair on the exterior balcony where you can watch the surf directly below you. a trail that led down the hill from munk to the beach was closed recently.

Thu Feb 21, 03:09:00 PM PST  
Blogger Robin said...

Yep, Walter's alive alright. Judith did pass in '06. I saw him today at the Shakespeare festival he hosts at his house, which is most definitely still there. The amphitheater is there, too, and today several folks took the stage in honor of Shakespeare's 464th birthday! :o) A fun time was had by all. Walter is quite a lively fellow!

Sun Apr 11, 06:37:00 PM PDT  

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