"Concrete, the modern building material."
Wurster Hall is made of it. Concrete manufacturing
in California is one of the state's most important geological industries. Concrete is a
mixture of cement (a combination of minerals, such as
calcite and clays, finely ground and mixed with water) and assorted rocks (aggregate),
and can be confused with natural rocks. It can
also deteriorate, particularly if steel
reinforcement (rebar) is too close to the surface.
the decomposing Wurster Hall, a "neo-brutalist"-style building ranked by many as the ugliest building on campus, is home to the
Professor Charles Benton's page of
kite photography of Wurster (complete with memories of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake) offers a far more flattering view.
The building is currently being retrofitted.