By Bruce Haxton, AIA, LEED AP
This presentation summarizes the NZ4 Global Alliance’s Closed-Loop Science Park Prototype design and describe how
this can be used for a regional stimulus to create economic, educational and environmental
sustainability. The presentation describes a pub-lic-private partnership process which is suggested as the most positive way to implement this
economic stimulus and continue U.S. advancement in technology. The project implementation
process, tax incentives and methodology are all
defined for easy implementation.
Also included is a review of the unprecedented global “rate of change” in environmental, economy, science, information, education
and human lifestyle changes which will continue to accelerate. To plan facilities in this
high rate of change, we must look further into
the future and anticipate the future changes and sustainable design parameters. We
reviewed numerous recent publications to collect and organize the “future societal change
data.” We also conducted a “future changes/
facility needs assessment” based on the follow-
ing different approaches: remote viewing, sci-
entific interpolation, interactive global com-
puter simulation modeling, professional global
sustainable analysis projections, synergistic
positive technology assessment, global drivers
of change analysis, future economic analysis
for the U.S. and net-zero energy/closed-loop
design/regenerative design approach. The
study will define the facility impacts from the
following specific “future drivers of facilities
• Global Internet is influencing lifestyles,
work styles and facili-
• Global climate
building and campus
• Nanotechnology is
buildings and campuses.
• Resource depletion
• Global climate
• Biotechnology and
are becoming more
• Software, robotics, AI
and expert systems
are becoming more
• Major educational
and communication changes are underway.
• New design techniques in science park
design called “lifestyle science parks” are
• Need to provide facilities for the “
technology incubation” required for regional economic stimulus and sustainability.
The presentation will also define “anticipate
future changes” with specific time frames from
2013 to 2050, on a year-by-year technology and
facility impact analysis. This will allow facili-
ties designers to focus on the most immediate
impacts right away, while still being knowledge-
able about those longer range future changes.
With all the changes taking place it is still
important to remember to create an integrated
closed-loop concept for the sustainable envi-
ronment, economic and lifetime learning. This
will preserve scarce resources, use building
technologies wisely and prioritize pending facil-
ities issues. All these factors and new prototype
designs help us meet the future increases in
population, the decreases in resources per per-
son and the rapid technology innovations. This
approach is critical to create a sustainable future
for the environment, the global economies and
the future educational needs for our planet.
Bruce Haxton, AIA, LEED AP, Architect, and
NZ4 Global Alliance Team.
Labs/research campuses: Net-zero energy, closed-loop design
and regenerative design
Birdseye perspective of this Lifestyle Science Park Prototype used as a regional stimulus for a sustainable
environment and economy.
Net-Zero Energy, Closed-Loop Design Prototype: Net-zero energy, water, food,
waste and biofuels science park on a12,000-acre site plan.