Adelaide wins the competition so far for the university that does not appear to be run by its marketing department. This was actually the only overt advertisement I saw. You can kind of see it through the greenery. It says something about excellent education, and it is also nice to see that they remember what the university is for.
I also liked that the library clearly remembered what it was for (note that I am not a photographer):
I liked that this library is supporting plain old study and research, nothing fancy about information services and knowledge management and client liaison. Study. Research. It is solid.
Actually, altogether the Barr Smith library is stunning. The old reading room is a monument to philanthropy - and academia:
The entrance and borrowing areas were spacious, reference librarians visible and plentiful, computers abound and, most remarkable of all, an area in the library to eat:
and lie around reading in beanbags:
I like cloisters. And there were cloisters at Adelaide too...
...only these ones belonged to the students...
...though it seems they need a sign to know what they are: