The site plan extends the historic quadrangles-and-alleys fabric of the campus while doubling the effective, contiguous outdoor space. The new building provides clearly defined homes for intellectual sub-communities in double-height, naturally lit and ventilated spaces. Each “creative community” includes an open studio or research floor, academic offices, and support space. A digital nervous system of sensors and actuators maintains comfortable interior conditions while minimizing energy use through optimal management of an exterior smart skin system, mechanical systems, and lighting. When coupled with a continually updated BIM model this technology also supports learning and research about form, fabrication, and sustainability.