Building for 21st Century Science examines how changing pedagogies in
science education and research are reflected in the buildings that house
them. The book presents case studies, with a Foreword by a
distinguished research scientist. The Foreword speaks to the trend among
scientific community to engage in inter-disciplinary research in
collaborative work settings. Examples are drawn from the work of
Mitchell|Giurgola Architects and reflect the complex interactions among
technology, diverse areas of investigation, collaboration and amenity.
The book examines the critical role that architecture can play in
synthesising them. Many science facilities were constructed during the
mid-twentieth century, a period characterised by brutalist buildings
that are often cold, inaccessible and inhumane. Laboratories in these
facilities are not conducive to flexibility and change over time.
Classrooms are frequently dark, organised for the sage on the stage and
do not encourage group interaction. Many of these buildings have now
outlived their useful lives and are due for substantial refurbishment or