Death of the iWEB
Finally in 9/11 2014 the predators of TU Real Estate have come to destroy the iWEB, on purpose, wilfully. How did we end up in this unfortunate mess? In May 2008 the Faculty burnt down, set on fire by a short circuit in a coffee machine. I will save the juice details for another occasion. The faculty was lost, but the iWEB remained undamaged. But there was one little problem, which turned out to be the party spoiler, the fire brigade did cut off the iWEB from the electricity network, which caused the inflated roof to collapse. Despite our intense efforts to bring in generators to keep the roof inflated, we did not get allowance to enter the crime scene. From then on the iWEB was doomed.
After years of bureaucratic negotiations with TU Real Estate and potential users of the iWEB including student interest groups, research groups, Deft Robotic Institute, Green Campus and a variety of commercial firms, in the end no single party was able to raise enough money to pay TU Real Estate to revitalize the iWEB. Back in 2005 the faculty dean Mr Beunderman, who actively supported digital innovation, approved of a 500k € budget to bring the WEB of North Holland to life again and host Hyperbody’s protoSPACE Laboratory. Those glorious days are gone, there is no more money in the university for such support, these days all money has to come from external funding. The faculty dean Mrs Laglas was not motivated to do any effort in saving the iWEB. And yes, the current architectural supervisor for the university campus Mr Kaan obviously does not respect the iWEB as a benchmark project of our time and therewith has agreed to erase our subtle traces of the nonstandard. His modernist framework accepts no existence of such signature structure like the iWEB.
The retro-activists are striking back, but for how long will they be able to keep up appearances? For how long will they be able to force their outdated fundamentals on a society that has already changed.