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The best measure of whether a building qualifies as green may not be the solar photovoltaic array on the roof or the Menerga air handlers in the basement, but whether people enjoy being there. “If a building is not popular, is not liked, does not have social capital, it’s not going to work,” said Michael Taylor, a director at Hopkins Architects, early in the design process for the new home of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
On those grounds, the early evidence suggests that Kroon Hall works. Soon after completion, the bright open spaces on the top floor of the building became the hub of student activity. “I love the natural lighting,” said Bidisha Banerjee ’10, who described being there as “one of the most effective safeguards I’ve ever experienced” against wintertime New Haven blues.
The space also seems to be changing the social dynamic of the school, as its builders had intended. “I helped organize a panel discussion, which we held in the Knobloch Environment Center,” said Simon Tudiver ’09, of the new social gathering place on the top floor, “and the space was really an integral part of the event’s success. It was much more accessible and open to students passing by than events that typically took place behind closed doors at Sage Hall.”
The student reaction to Kroon has also been naturally skeptical.…
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