1. First views of Oxford. The city presents an architectural problem: How to keep building amid so much great, storied, old-fashioned architecture? (The college I’m staying in was founded in 1458.)

    If you just did everything gothic, the place would be Disneyland. If you went with whatever fad happened to be current, you’d have Morse and Stiles.

    The practical solutions seems to be a lot of glass: New buildings—and additions to old buildings—are glassed in so that you can at least see the charming old stuff peeking through.