New Laboratories: Historical and Critical Perspectives on by Charlotte Klonk

By Charlotte Klonk

New laboratory constructions are at present being deliberate everywhere in the global. Are they diversified from or maybe larger than their predecessors? to respond to this question, the authors of this e-book have journeyed into the prior and current of laboratory structure and located a notable number of techniques in regards to either the sensible relation of areas and the symbolic price of the facade.

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2). In his view, it represents a similarly “placeless place” — just as the infrastructure of airports, corporate parks and shopping malls in the age of global capitalism does. Sociologists such as Anthony Giddens and ­David Harvey have been developing a theory of placelessness since the 1990s (Gieryn 2008). 2: Foster & Partners in collaboration with Perkins & Will (formerly MBT Architecture), View into the laboratories, The Clark Center, Stanford, California, 1999–2003. Photo © QT Luong. line, sketching the Clark Center — built from 2001 to 2003 — as a harbinger of the twenty-first-century laboratory, neither the exterior nor interior design of which is permitted to betray even a hint of local colour.

It is interesting,” the historian of science Robert Anderson writes, “that in recent times laboratories seem to have come to be of greater interest to sociologists than to historians” (Anderson 2013, 671). Yet the question of what the laboratory is necessarily leads to the 31 C hristina L andbrecht and V erena Straub question of where the laboratory is located. 3 Yet as much as these historical soundings may differ, they all aspire to challenge the definition of the laboratory as “an autonomous entity”, such as sociological laboratory studies proffer.

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