Housing the YouTube Generation

The 21st Century Project asked for ideas for those who may spend their lives online and connectedbut who live in hugely out-moded environments

College students socialize, shop, and learn in ways unimaginable less than a generation ago. Although they are increasingly connected via social networking Web sites such as Facebook.com, many students live in residence halls that predate the personal computer. The Association of College & University Housing Officers–International (ACUHO-I) held the second stage of its "21st Century Project" ideas competition this month, asking designers to envision housing that satisfies the needs not of today's students but those 25 years in the future. A team of young interns and architects, fittingly, bested four other finalists—and took home $25,000—with a scheme called "net+work+camp+us."

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