Center of Building Innovation

Building is a verb.

The guiding north star of the Center of Building Innovation is the inter-related issues of social and climate justice in the built environment. To affect change, CoBI will bring together faculty and students from all disciplinary units related to the built environment at Arizona State University into one center to work across all three enterprises.

Our professional disciplines in design and planning are changing to meet the demands of our planet and society. The way we finance, plan, design, build, and maintain our built environment is not the same as it was ten, twenty, or thirty years ago. To better prepare our students we must begin to rethink not only what we teach, the means by which we teach and learn, and most importantly, who is at the table.

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