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10 ideas for tomorrow’s campus

Over the past five years, we’ve seen a specific trend emerge in the world of higher education. It’s the emergence of a relatively small space, called the academic incubator. For Gensler, this began with universities such as MIT and organizations like Chicago’s 1871. They were designing hybrid maker spaces that acted as ‘bridges’ between the worlds of academia and the workplace, and they had the feel of entrepreneurial start-up offices.

Life-size Noah’s Ark uses 3.1 million board feet of timber

A new to-scale replica of Noah's Ark will not need to survive another Great Flood. It is big enough, though, to probably hold two of every animal.

Zaha Hadid designs geometric flower-shaped tower for sustainable Qatar city

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) released a design for a new 38-story hotel and residential building in Lusail City, Qatar’s first sustainable city.

Designed by Hadid before she died in March, the shape of the tower was inspired by the Desert Hyacinth, a flower native to the Arabian Gulf region. 

Houston architect offers novel idea for Astrodome renovation

Indoor waterparks are great. They allow for year-round use regardless of whether it is raining, snowing, or below freezing outside. But the main reason they exist is to allow people who live in climates that aren’t necessarily water park friendly the opportunity to join in on the fun. Given the option, wouldn’t the majority of us pick an outdoor water park to an indoor one?

Fast-growing UC Merced will double in size by 2020

The University of California Board of Regents has unanimously approved an expansion of UC Merced that will nearly double that campus’ physical capacity by 2020 to facilitate enrollment to 10,000 students, up from 6,700 today.

UC Merced opened in the San Joaquin Valley in 2005, making it the first new campus in the University of California system in four decades. In recent years its application growth rate has been double the UC system’s average.

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