As many are aware, UC Santa Barbara’s November proposal of a behemoth Munger Hall student residence project has caused national concern. The proposal has students boycotting and journalists investigating the reason for a “jail like design.”
The building has drawn harsh criticism from architects, students, and community members as the proposed structure has most of the dorm rooms being windowless. In addition, there is a lack of proposed vehicle parking, and the size and density of the building do not align with the surrounding neighborhoods.
Born from the same concern, AIA California (AIA CA) also sent a letter of opposition addressing the potential health and community risks to the area.
The intention is not to attack design, but to strengthen its power. To refrain from inhumane and site-sensitive attributes and replace with wellness, thoughtful and creative moves that enhance the mental and physical well-being of the students.