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For help designing the College of Human Ecology's newest community space, college leaders turned to a team of in-house experts: 10 senior interior design students in its Department of Design and Environmental Analysis.

The 5,000-plus square foot Human Ecology Commons, which connects Martha Van Rensselaer Hall and the new Human Ecology Building, opened last fall and has quickly become the hub of the college. It's a place to meet, eat, study and relax, drawing visitors with its flexible furniture, abundant natural light, proximity to Martha's Cafe and an interactive, multiscreen media wall.