Part gallery, laboratory and public venue, the institute's mission is to spark interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.
The building will be located at the edge of a meadow, just south of
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, both
"The site for this institute is one of unsurpassed beauty," Tod Williams and Billie Tsien wrote in a statement. "We are inspired by the challenge to create a place that will nourish the spirit of discovery and honor the power of this land."
"I think they're thinking about the light, the climate, the views, the animals, the vegetation," Weber said. "They're thinking about how you talk with all of that, not simply to or at it."
Examples of the firm's cultural and educational designs include
UCSC's design calls for a 30,000-square-foot facility that includes galleries, studios, classrooms, public event spaces and a cafe -- with ample views of
The next step, said Weber, is for the team to refine its design and create digital plans to fuel fundraising. The plans will be available in August, he said.
The institute is listed as a priority in UCSC's comprehensive fundraising campaign, which has raised
The pace of fundraising will determine the date of the ribbon-cutting, not expected for at least several years, said Weber.
For details on the institute, visit ias.ucsc.edu.
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