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Studio Co-Laboratory, 2011-2012

The Studio Co‐Laboratory project brings together creative researchers from the colleges of Liberal Arts, Design, Biological Sciences and Science and Engineering as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research and collaboration informed by concepts and practices in art, architecture, biology, computer and electrical engineering, design, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and materials science. The humanistic and social nature of the Studio Co‐Laboratory research focus creates a context that brings together researchers in the arts, architecture, design, and the sciences who do not typically have access to one another’s research processes nor the opportunity for creative research collaboration. The convergence of these seemingly divergent modes of inquiry and practice‐based research reflects an emerging phenomenon of artists, architects and designers actively exploring scientific frontiers and technological innovation. Collaborators of the Studio Co‐Laboratory project will take an interdisciplinary approach to developing project proposals for experimental forms of public intervention and engagement that address social needs, characterized as transitional in nature, that may benefit from ephemeral, mobile, transformable, or time-based responses, rather than “permanent solutions.”

Conveners: Diane Willow (Art, College of Liberal Arts) and Marc Swackhamer (Architecture, College of Design)

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