Expected to open in the fall of 2023, the Center for Media Arts, Computing, and Design will create new opportunities for collaboration by students and faculty from across the University in teaching, research, and innovation.
Media Arts, Computing, and Design
A hub of creative activity on central campus, the Center for Media Arts, Computing, and Design aims to inspire Clarkies’ entrepreneurial thinking and development of innovative technology. It encompasses a new green space and quadrangle, oriented toward Goddard Library. The first floor includes an AR/VR lab, multimedia gallery, makerspace, robotics lab, active learning classroom, and flexible classroom space.
Room for Collaboration
The light-filled lobby will draw Clarkies and visitors into the building, to a space with tiered seating where they can connect. A second-floor incubator space will overlook the lobby, showcasing students at work on innovative projects. Other floors will include a tiered classroom, audio/video production and recording areas, and data science and analytics, network simulation, graphic design, and computer labs.
A Sunny, Welcoming Space
Students will find plenty of natural light flooding the building, which will feature floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. They will meet and collaborate with faculty in centralized teaching and research spaces. Scholars from throughout the University will be encouraged to use these spaces.
At about 70,000 square feet, the building will include two wings. Its geometrically composed window pattern recalls the pixelization and binary structure of technology and digital design. Clark is pursuing LEED Gold certification; the building will rely primarily on geothermal wells for heating and cooling.
This interdisciplinary facility will be open to all members of the Clark community. Housing the Becker School of Design & Technology, Computer Science, and Visual and Performing Arts programs, the building will include collaboration spaces, classrooms, and labs that can be used by scholars from all disciplines.
The designs above are conceptual and may change.