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U Iowa Grows a Green Roof on $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center

U Iowa Grows a Green Roof on $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The University of Iowa recently opened its new $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center, which sports what it claims is a first for the state: a green roof.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

"The facility, which is pursuing gold LEED certification, will include multiple microclimates to accommodate a variety of plantings, according to coverage in the Daily Iowan. Also, because portions of the roof can be seen from many of the building's offices, the green will provide a visual break for occupants.


Among the operations in the center will be six floors of research labs and a mix of wet and dry labs. Among the major areas of research will be diabetes, cardiovascular, auditory, lung biology and biomedical imaging. One level will contain the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, with several MRIs."

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Making room for Maker’s Space

Making room for Maker’s Space | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"'Philosophically, school is really good at nouns,' said Stager, founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge institute. 'We ought to be focusing more on verbs. For some reason, we’re talking about putting Maker’s Spaces places as opposed to putting (in) making places'


'I like to say that the greatest Maker’s Space is in between your ears,' he also said. 'It’s a stance. It’s a way of recognizing that I have the confidence and competence to solve any problem I confront, even if only to discover that I need to learn a lot more.'"


That said, both of them agreed that the physical environment of a school matters when adopting the maker approach. They just don’t want to see a Maker’s Space materialize as a bunker down the hall."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Lots of talk about Maker Spaces. What are you doing on your campus?

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