USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism officially opens its super-fancy Wallis Annenberg Hall on October 1, but here's a sneak peek at all the bells and whistles. The building houses a 20,000-square-foot media center with a newsroom, 23 classrooms, studios for "digital, broadcast and radio and direct-to-Web vodcast production," and more than $8-million worth of technology, says a release from USC. The stern "Collegiate Gothic" exterior of the five-story building is hiding a very modern interior that emphasizes "drop-in, transparent, collaborative spaces," like workspaces with movable walls and open study areas. (Also, it's literally transparent: "Anywhere that glass could replace drywall, it does.")
Other features of the new hall include a four-story atrium, a Greek-style assembly forum, a 148-seat auditorium, a cafe, and a 30-foot-tall media wall that live-streams student-produced work. The $59.3-million project was designed by DEGW and Harley Ellis Devereaux.
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