Studio 804’s latest addition to our built environment, the ‘EcoHawks’ research facility, was opened to the public this past weekend. Like its older brother across campus, the Center for Design Research, the EcoHawks building is a test bed of energy sustainability, designed to be net zero, which means it will produce more energy than it actually consumes. That extra energy will be used by engineering students to design electric vehicles that can run the building at night. Smart idea. These students are constantly thinking outside the box, and their buildings are teeming with innovative ideas and technologies. Some of these ideas could change the world, fulfilling KU’s oft-stated mission. But in that clean-lined, high tech future they envision we’ll all someday be living in, it would be nice to interact with materials other than just steel, glass and concrete. We would love to see future buildings that are warmer and more inviting, especially on the inside. This could be achieved quite easily and would not necessarily cost more. Class of 2014, we hope you are listening.