The architecture of the Deep University Campus should be in coherence with its goals: self-sustainable (which implies the use of new energies), ecological (which implies its nice integration in the environment), efficient (no space should be lost), environmentally integrated (which implies a great care in the vegetation and harmony of the environment and buildings), culturally integrated (unobtrusive vis-à-vis local culture), and Gestalt-sensitive (using energizing forms).
The proposal is to use a dynamic form which represents an integrated architectural whole with knowledge units, associated work units and subunits such as students buildings and rooms, faculty villas, small shops and communication places. Deep University will favor small organic forms such as megatron octogonal structures or hexagonal mandalas. We favor small campuses in a series of boutique universities: a nanocampus may count 9 to 99 students, a microcampus may count 100 to 360 students, a minicampus may count anywhere between 361 and 999 students. The ideal size is around 150 resident students who build a sense of learning community. The small size of a microcampus makes it possible to integrate it into other existing institutional structures for service to humanity: a village in the mountain, a rural area, a tribe in the Amazonia, an elderly community, a health care system, a jail and rehabilitation camp, a hospital, etc. Likewise various legal structure may adopt a deep university microcampus: an association, a cooperative, a municipality, an existing university or a school, a limited liability company, a corporation, a SARL, etc. This flexibility allows us to offer various solutions adapted to different needs: opening a microcampus in some locations, proposing a site license in other locations and existing institutions.
Here is an example of a minicampus, which is larger than our microcampus structure. Below is an example from circle that integrates 409 big to small domes nicely. Such gathering of circular houses or domes present dynamic structures that form powerful, harmonious and environmental messaging, and therefore such non traditional landscaping is recommended for the map of the Deep University Campuses.
As for the structures of each building, they should be of various shapes depending on their functions, but with a common architectural denominator. The structure of round houses or the geodesic dome structures are eco-efficient. It should be studied- whether wooden domes in a rot-proof wood or concrete domes such as in the geodesic model would be the best long-lasting option for a specific locations. The key advantage is resistance to climate change and extreme environments: cool in extreme Summer, warm in extreme Winter, guaranteed against earthquake up to Richter 8 with strengthened structure, resisting tornadoes and hurricanes and winds up to 300 miles an hour. One flaw is linked to their efficiency: they may accumulate condensation if an air exchanger system is not installed in each dome. As well, they must be checked each year after the rain or the Winter season for possible leaks. If a whole campus is built with the same materials, the solutions can be streamlined within a regular maintenance schedule.
A modular format can be adopted for concrete triangles having an embedded metallic mesh that reinforces the concrete and links each triangle to the next triangle. It is an economic and affordable concept, easy to reproduce in tropical and subtropical locations. A large series of possible building structures from 22’ to 60’ diameter are possible, for which architects and engineers have much experience. Passages from dome to dome can be easily planned such as corridors etc. The interior of each dome offers very many ways to organize classrooms, bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. They can be planned with or without a basement, depending on the location. The basement can serve as a first floor structure on a slope. Dome basements require highly skilled professionals because concrete pouring must be very precise with for example 15 walls that must adjust to the upper structure. Since the basement is the most expensive part of the building, it might be better to plan either mini-basements, such as 5 feet tall to prevent humidity from affecting the first floor, or having all domes on a higher leveled concrete slab, which would be a cheaper solution, and would be safe in subtropical and tropical contexts if the domes are placed on either a hill or a gentle slope or in a nicely irrigated area.
Institutions interested in the Deep Education University concept but only willing to have a more conventional approach to site design and architecture may ask us for a comparative estimate of what the dome solution would cost compared to recourse to an architect office.
We assume that the types of ecological environments where such a university campus might be created are in places currently lacking universities and not having great financial growth prospects, such as in Asia, Eurasia, and Africa. Nonetheless we are open to collaborative offers coming from any place in the world. If interested, please contact us with the response form below.