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Laboratory Lifestyles: The Construction of Scientific Fictions (Leonardo)

Laboratory Lifestyles: The Construction of Scientific Fictions (Leonardo)

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Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
Publisher:
The MIT Press
ISBN:
9780262038928
Pages:
304
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Description

A generously illustrated examination of the boom in luxurious, resort-style scientific laboratories and how this affects scientists' work.

The past decade has seen an extraordinary laboratory-building boom. This new crop of laboratories features spectacular architecture and resort-like amenities. The buildings sprawl luxuriously on verdant campuses or sit sleekly in expensive urban neighborhoods. Designed to attract venture capital, generous philanthropy, and star scientists, these laboratories are meant to create the ideal conditions for scientific discovery. Yet there is little empirical evidence that shows if they do. Laboratory Lifestyles examines this new species of scientific laboratory from architectural, economic, social, and scientific perspectives. Generously illustrated with photographs of laboratories and scientists at work in them, the book investigates how “lifestyle science” affects actual science. Are scientists working when they stretch in a yoga class, play volleyball in the company tournament, chat in an on-site café, or show off their facilities to visiting pharmaceutical executives?

The book describes, among other things, the role of beanbag chairs in the construction of science at Xerox PARC; the Southern California vibe of the RAND Corporation (Malibu), General Atomic (La Jolla), and Hughes Research Laboratories (Malibu); and Biosphere 2's “bionauts” as both scientists and scientific subjects; and interstellar laboratories. Laboratory Lifestyles (the title is an allusion to Bruno Latour and Steve Woolgar's influential Laboratory Life) documents a shift in what constitutes scientific practice; these laboratories and their lifestyles are as experimental as the science they cultivate.

Contributors
Kathleen Brandt, Russell Hughes, Tim Ivison, Sandra Kaji-O'Grady, Stuart W. Leslie, Brian Lonsway, Sean O'Halloran, Simon Sadler, Chris L. Smith, Nicole Sully, Ksenia Tatarchenko, William Taylor, Julia Tcharfas, Albena Yaneva, Stelios Zavos

About the Author

Sandra Kaji-O'Grady is Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland. Kaji-O'Grady and Chris Smith are coeditors (with Russell Hughes) of Laboratory Lifestyles: The Construction of Scientific Fictions (MIT Press).

Chris L. Smith is Associate Professor of Architectural Design and Technê at the University of Sydney. Smith and Sandra Kaji-O'Grady are coeditors (with Russell Hughes) of Laboratory Lifestyles: The Construction of Scientific Fictions (MIT Press).

Russell Hughes is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland.

Russell Hughes is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland.

Sandra Kaji-O'Grady is Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland. Kaji-O'Grady and Chris Smith are coeditors (with Russell Hughes) of Laboratory Lifestyles: The Construction of Scientific Fictions (MIT Press).

Chris L. Smith is Associate Professor of Architectural Design and Technê at the University of Sydney. Smith and Sandra Kaji-O'Grady are coeditors (with Russell Hughes) of Laboratory Lifestyles: The Construction of Scientific Fictions (MIT Press).

Sandra Kaji-O'Grady is Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland. Kaji-O'Grady and Chris Smith are coeditors (with Russell Hughes) of Laboratory Lifestyles: The Construction of Scientific Fictions (MIT Press).

Chris L. Smith is Associate Professor of Architectural Design and Technê at the University of Sydney. Smith and Sandra Kaji-O'Grady are coeditors (with Russell Hughes) of Laboratory Lifestyles: The Construction of Scientific Fictions (MIT Press).

Simon Sadler is Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban History at the University of California, Davis.

William A. Taylor is an international consultant on the practical applications of artificial intelligence and has spent several years giving seminars on AI to senior engineers and engineering management.

Russell Hughes is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland.

Praise for Laboratory Lifestyles: The Construction of Scientific Fictions (Leonardo)

These fine authors bring a global perspective to a global phenomenon in all of its stimulating variety.—CHOICE