Incoming students at Santa Barbara University will soon be able to live in the curved mentality of a 97-year-old billionaire: a 1.68-million-square-foot windowless death trap that UCSB describes as a “dorm” designed by Berkshire Hathaway vice chairman and apparently the rising mum .
Santa Barbara is independent Report Architect Dennis McFadden resigns from school design review committee in protest of plan Munger Hall, Calling the academic hall’s 11-storey mixed-use cellblocks and interior-facing compartments “a social and psychological test” that will have an unknown impact on thousands of subjects in the years to come. It will store up to 4,500 students, 94 percent of whom will sleep with pods that look like artificial sunlight panels and wall-mounted bunks, spending their early years touring in eight-bedroom containers. Like a rat McFadden said the building has only two entrances (!) And it’s not clear how accessible an emergency exit is or how powerful the ventilation system is.
The place will stink.
When you have to go upstairs for oxygen and sunlight, UCSB points out in a press release that a wall-interior roof has “courtyard” “natural ventilation” (air) and “an open view of the sky” (freedom, an illusion).
UCSB Chancellor Henry Young called it an “unprecedented residential experience.” The jail is the same, except here you rent. It has retail space. And the academic hall. And food.
They never have to leave.
The University has already moved forward without a vote or approval process because Munger has the money, the Santa Barbara Independent reports. Munger paid the school $ 200 million to allow him to install his creations on campus until they adhered to his blueprints.
In an angry letter to campus architect Julie Hendrix, McFadden said no research has been presented to test human toll, which would represent the eighth density of the earth. “It’s not justifiable from my point of view as an architect, a parent and a human being,” he wrote. He echoes the righteousness of George Bailey, except in a world where bankers only pay for everything and that is the end, and people live in Mungerville, which is a real location. Every a The Wall Street Journal reports On its architectural initiative:
Although Mr. Munger has not officially studied architecture, he has experience building real estate in Southern California. He created a community of luxury beach property called Sea Meadow in Montecito, California in the 1980s and 90s, which his friends call Mungerville.
But people like Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s sidekick and so on Investment sage. There must be an education in it. For one, there are old good, cheap and fast rules, and you can’t have all three; This is cheap and fast. Each floor is Assumed only Construction takes 20 days and the university appreciates the concept of modular prefab units for its cost savings.
Or, if you work hard enough, one day you will be saved from the fire.
Gizmodo has contacted UCSB, Munger and McFadden for comment and will update the post when we hear back.