DI HUB: Part of the Kent State Master Plan

By Fall of 2020, the DI HUB, a major renovation of the old Art Building originally designed by Australian architect, John Andrews in 1971, will be open.

The DI HUB will operate as an open-access collaborative maker and innovation accelerator environment at the center of the Kent Campus, to activate a community of inquisitive people and facilitate cross-disciplinary communication and problem-solving capacities.

In the DI HUB, the strategy will be to host a combination of core/typically-needed tools (laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC router, wide format printers, etc.) as well as specialized larger and/or specific pieces of equipment that are not already present in other academic areas across the university (in one of the DI NODES). The goal will be to leverage and elevate the entire Design Innovation Ecosystem across all campuses at Kent State (DI HUB and DI NODES) to best expose our students and community members to the resources and possibilities.

Inside the DI HUB, we have conceptualized a cluster of spaces that we believe help to uniquely foster collaborative design innovation challenges. The sketch shown below helps to illustrate the clustering and adjacency principles we are working with for this concept within the DU HUB.

The Design Innovation Hub diagram