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All Hail ‘Dormzilla,’ the Monster Dorm the Internet Hates

A billionaire’s plan to build the largest college dormitory in the world at UC Santa Barbara ignited a firestorm of criticism. But there’s an even bigger outrage outside Munger Hall. 

A rendering of Munger Hall, which would house more than 4,500 undergraduates at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

A rendering of Munger Hall, which would house more than 4,500 undergraduates at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Source: UCSB Office of Strategic Asset Management

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) has a plan to build a new dormitory, and the internet is not happy about it.

Last week, renderings and floor plans of an 11-story building called Munger Hall erupted across social media after the Santa Barbara Independent reported that consulting architect Dennis McFadden resigned from the university’s design review committee. In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, McFadden explained why, calling the building “a misguided experiment that will affect the health and safety of multiple generations of undergraduates who will be forced to negotiate the design’s gross miscalculations and unintended consequences.”