Eco Village Kent
TRANSFORM | Building a mixed-use eco-village development in the old Allerton Apartment area could add immeasurably to the quality of learning, connection to the community, and distinctiveness of Kent State's contribution to the national and global conversations on climate change, economic development, and global security. The village would provide housing for a broad range of groups within the Kent State community, including creatives (artists, entrepreneurs, designers, visiting faculty), international students, older students, faculty & staff, and seniors, as well as commercial space for businesses and incubators, restaurants, and perhaps an organic grocery. Importantly, another building style is for 'communities of interest' for our students, where they can 'live what they learn'. For example, boutique dorms of 20-50 students, with each building focused on a central interest, such as music, photography, French, gourmet cooking, aviation, sustainability, and so forth, can take a deeper dive into their interest - speaking French & hosting French cultural events in their dorm; having sound rooms & a studio mixer for students in a music dorm, etc.