Dalhousie University is poised to transform its downtown Sexton Campus and with a new academic building called the IDEA (Innovative Design in Engineering & Architecture) Building. The focus of this new building is to provide modern space for students to learn the art of design through hands-on experience, and increase interaction and collaboration between students in the Faculties of Engineering, and Architecture & Planning. The IDEA Building represents the first new construction academic building on Dalhousie’s Sexton Campus since the university merged with the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS) in 1997. The IDEA building will be a substantial contribution to campus – both functional and visual.
Ongoing consultation and engagement with students, faculty, and staff is underway through in-person stakeholder meetings, planned public open integrated design workshops, and through this blog. The blog is intended as an online platform for receiving comments from interested students, faculty and staff regarding the design of the IDEA Building. Comments will be received, noted and responded to on the blog site. Comments will assist in informing the design between now and January / February 2016.