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In what used to be a boiler room in Coburn Hall, there is now a brightly lit new learning space for the University community. The Lab for Interdisciplinary Design celebrated its grand opening, with welcome speeches by Provost John Wooding and Prof. Sarah Kuhn, who has been overseeing the lab project.
The Lab for Interdisciplinary Design is a place where all members of the University can explore new ways of teaching and learning. The lab’s design reinforces one of its goals of building the sense of community. It’s a space where students and faculty can come together and work, with seminar and work tables, computer stations, electronic equipment, craft supplies and storage spaces.
Another interesting feature of the lab is that it is sustainable. It has natural lighting, green products, renewable bamboo flooring and even all hand-me-down furniture. Kuhn will be teaching a course on sustainable design in the lab this spring.
“The lab brings together faculty, staff and student organizations,” says Kuhn. “They can come together here and try out all sorts of crazy things.”
In keeping with the environmental feel to the lab, the opening was made official with a plant watering.
“This lab has been a personal passion. It’s wonderful to see it blossom,” says Kuhn.
For more information on the lab, visit it in Coburn B7 or contact Sarah_Kuhn@uml.edu.