The College of Global Futures’ new home is taking shape, and it’s stunning!
In January, the College of Global Futures is moving into the newest and perhaps the most impressive building on the ASU campus — the building currently known as Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 7, or ISTB7.
ISTB7 is still under construction — we’re hoping to join other occupants and start moving in at the end of the year — but I was lucky enough to tour the site the other day. And I was impressed by what’s emerging.
Naturally, like many others, I’m apprehensive about what the move to the new building will bring. Will the space encourage creative ideas and new collaborations? Will it foster a culture of curiosity? Will it promote diversity and inclusivity? Will it be inviting and accessible for students and other members of the the community? And most importantly of all, will I have the office of my academic dreams?
I’m kidding on the last one of course. But as with all new builds, it’ll be hard to get a sense of how the space and architecture will work out until we’re actually working in it and making it our own.
Yet despite this, I’m excited by the space that’s emerging here on campus. Having walked through the building, I’m pretty confident that ISTB7 will become a place that encourages people to work imaginatively on pressing challenges in ways that transcend conventional disciplines, and that provides a safe and inspiring environment for creative and innovative thinking.
Of course, it’s near-impossible to capture much of this through photos at this stage of the build — a concrete shell that will shortly be transformed into an office, a classroom, or a futuristic auditorium, isn’t that photogenic, truth be told..
So instead, I’ve tried to capture the feel and spirit of ISTB7 through these images as it comes together, and to convey something of the promise that it holds as a space for taking on the challenge of transforming the future.