90% of all publications in science and engineering are co-authored by teams of two or more. Image: © Gensler
endeavor.” For most, it starts at an early age,
informally through play and more formally
through school projects and activities like
music, sports and dance. Hopefully, by the
time we complete our education, we have a
range of experiences collaborating in multiple settings.
DO SCIENTISTS COLLABORATE DIFFERENTLY?
Although scientists may deny it, they represent a variety of personality types, just like
other professions. The focused, determined
mindset that’s necessary to succeed in science doesn’t, however, necessarily prioritize
By: Erik Lustgarten, AIA, Gensler
There have been many famous collabo- rations that have led to breakthroughs and revolutions that have changed the
course of history: The Manhattan Project
brought us the atomic age; Crick, Wilkins and
Watson cracked the code of life; and Larry
Page and Sergey Brin brought us Google.
After attending a conference where nearly
every presentation examined collaboration,
I experienced collaboration conversation
fatigue. If I had a dollar for each time I heard
the phrases chance encounters, collaboration
zones and casual interactions, I would’ve
easily been able to cover my travel costs. This
prompted me to ask: Does architecture really
matter? Are we designing for these things, or
are we really just designing the same way, only
labeled with a different vocabulary?
WHAT IS COLLABORATION?
According to Merriam Webster, to collaborate is “to work jointly with others
or together, especially in an intellectual
By: Bryan Thorp, AIA, LEED AP and Adrian
Walters, AIA, LEED AP, ARC/Architectural
The ideal scenario for a lab design team is predictability. Knowing precisely what the capital equipment
requirements are and who the lab users
will be, then developing a design, budget
and schedule based on this information, is
beneficial in reducing risk.
Thinking creatively and planning for every
condition is a prerequisite in order to meet
the research client’s needs and schedule.
Yet, the reality for entrepreneurial clients
developing today’s research facilities is lab
planners and architects must grapple with
significant specialized equipment and program unknowns, often deep into the design
or even construction phases.
Deconstructing collaboration: Does architecture really matter?
Built in two phases, the Life Science Laboratory at the Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst will be fully operational
when construction of the 64,000-sf LSL II is complete in late 2015. Image: ARC/Architectural Resources
Cambridge continued on page 3
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