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January 17, 2018

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UNLV architecture students break a national cardboard structure record


Christopher DeVargas

The students used the design principles they learned in a first-year course.

A group of first-year UNLV architecture students gathered at the student union Friday morning with an objective in mind: to break’s national cardboard structure record, held by Harvard University. The number of cardboard boxes to top was 566. UNLV planned to use more than 1,000 in its effort. I showed up expecting a makeshift monstrosity—except UNLV architecture professor Glenn P. Nowak took the objective up a few notches, asking his students to apply the design principles they learned in class to their cardboard kingdom. The result? Ten separate structures, each with obvious attention to detail—one even resembled a typical living room, fireplace and all. Although the outcome wasn’t impressive in size, Nowak confirmed the students had broken the record. How do you like them apples, Harvard?

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