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Oklahoma State University's eco-village project begins to take shape

After unveiling four new designs for the campus housing unit, OSU officials are discussing what to include in the project and how it will fit with the university's overall mission.
by Silas Allen Published: April 13, 2013
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/articleid/3785666/1/pictures/2011456">Photo - Oklahoma State University students Brandon Burlingame’s and Aaron Guthridge’s design for a rural eco-village includes a barn to use for events.  Image provided
Oklahoma State University students Brandon Burlingame’s and Aaron Guthridge’s design for a rural eco-village includes a barn to use for events. Image provided

Many of the details of what the village will include will be determined as planning progresses.

A number of campus groups have expressed interest in being involved, Talkington said.

A group from the School for Hotel and Restaurant Administration has discussed the possibility of operating a bed-and-breakfast at the village, she said.

The village is designed to promote interest and discussion about such issues as energy literacy, water conservation and food security, Talkington said. But the primary purpose is to show students how living in a community benefits people.

During last week's announcement, OSU President Burns Hargis said the project is part of the university's effort to break down barriers that separate academic disciplines, creating more dialogue across fields.

OSU officials launched the Institute for Creativity and Innovation to foster interdisciplinary dialogue.

Working across academic disciplines helps faculty members solve problems and make strides that wouldn't otherwise be possible, Hargis said.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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