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The architectural revelation taking shape on a New Haven hilltop

A reflection on the Divinity School’s Living Village By David Sokol David Sokol ’01 B.A. is a New York–based writer and editor whose work focuses on the contemporary built environment. He is a frequent contributor to Architectural Digest and Dwell magazines, and his recent books include Hudson Modern and Hamptons Modern, both of which were published…

Yale Divinity School breaking ground on first-of-its-kind zero-carbon residence hall

New Haven, Conn. — Yale Divinity School (YDS) will break ground on Wednesday, Oct. 11, on a building that is unprecedented in American higher education: a living-building residence hall that will house students in a way that gives back to the environment more than it takes. “The Living Village” is designed to meet the exacting…

Groundbreaking ceremony, October 11

Yale Divinity School is hosting a series of events and celebrations on Wednesday, October 11, to celebrate the historic occasion of groundbreaking for its landmark Living Village project….

YDS Living Village in spotlight at international regenerative design conference

“Universities exist to address the problems we face as human beings,” Yale Divinity School Dean Greg Sterling told 60 of America’s leading sustainability experts in Washington, D.C., on May 5, in the Divinity School’s first introduction of the Living Village to a public audience….

YDS Living Village and architecture for the future: Podcast interview with Jason F. McLennan

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In the new episode of the YDS “Quadcast,” living buildings pioneer Jason F. McLennan discusses Yale Divinity School’s Living Village, the relationship between religion and the environment, and his response to critics of green building. “Facilities, especially at a divinity school, should reflect the values of the institution, the values of the people it houses,…

Visionary architect foresees YDS Living Village inspiring students as it helps heal the ecosystem

Aerial View from South

By Timothy Cahill ’16 M.A.R. “You can’t heal an ecosystem without healing yourself,” Jason F. McLennan told an audience at Yale Divinity School on January 31. McLennan, founder of the Living Building Challenge, was at YDS to give the 2023 Margaret Lindquist Sorensen Lecture. McLennan is an award-winning architect and visionary whose concept of “regenerative”…

YDS launches ‘We Are Called’ campaign for students, faculty, living-building residence hall

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October 17, 2022 Yale Divinity School on Friday launched a fundraising campaign aimed at strengthening support for students, academic programs, justice work, and construction of the first major living-building student residence hall in the college and university sector. The “We Are Called” campaign seeks to raise $130 million, of which more than $80 million is…

Bauers honored for transformative support of YDS Living Village

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The YDS Dean’s Advisory Council, joined by Yale President Peter Salovey, members of the George and Carol Bauer family, and the design team for the School’s Living Village, gathered in New York on May 5 to celebrate the Bauers for making the unique regenerative building project a reality. Years in the making, the success of…

Varying paths, common commitment: Supporters of the YDS Living Village

A garden in front of a brick building.

By Pressley Peters As the threat of climate change grows more urgent, Yale Divinity School is showing the world one way to confront it. Through the creation of a regenerative student housing complex, one that gives back to the environment more than it takes, YDS is daring the world to take action for a more…

Groundbreaking set for Yale Divinity School’s Living Village

A garden in front of a brick building.

Following fundraising success and project approval by the Yale Corporation, Yale Divinity School is moving ahead with design and construction of its history-making Living Village residential complex. The School will break ground in 2023 on the first phase of the unprecedented off-the-grid student housing.* “After years of planning and seeking support, we are thrilled that…