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Inhabitat: One of the main challenges for RTP seems to be how to do more with a limited amount of acreage. How do you balance this with sustainability concerns?

Liz Rooks: Our master planner told us that you can have more density and can have more nature at the same time. They're not mutually exclusive. If you cluster the development, you will actually get more usable open space that's not really accessible to people now. Clustering will create walkable nodes of greater density within the park, with buildings clustered around common open space. A cluster might include a full range of uses -- office, residential, retail, even an educational component. Or it might be just a denser clustering of research uses. Developing around these nodes can help create a collaborative atmosphere.

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