Instead, Scope soared to landmark status -- there's no mistaking the sweeping concrete dome and 24 buttresses that make up Norfolk's center for entertainment activities.
Not everyone is as smitten. Author and urban design guru James Howard Kunstler described Scope in an interview as "typical 1970s, UFO-inspired monumental architecture" with "Star Trek" overtones. It was designed in 1970 when America was enamored with cars, technology and space travel, Kunstler said. As a result, "It looks like yesterday's tomorrow."
After 32 years, opinion on the design of Scope, above, is still mixed. [Wes Lewis], director of Old Dominion University's civil engineering technology program, says,"It's a beautiful marrying of art and engineering." Author and urban design guru James Howard Kunstler expressed a less flattering opinion. "It looks like yesterday's tomorrow," he said.