Trans-disciplinary clusters: Novel program combinations, facility plans, and unexpected benefits

October 28-29, 2019
Austin, TX

There are few existing models or planning typologies that adequately define a “transdisciplinary laboratory," and this session sets out best practices for estimating the potential needs of these initiatives. Andrew Labov and Jennifer Swedell set out four scales of planning for transdisciplinary programs: program, building, neighborhood, and campus, and the resulting unique and specialized facilities that anchor grant funding and recruitment of new faculty and students. They examine four leading case studies involving biotech and biochem, aeronautical and bio-engineering, neuroscience, and more, and they highlight support space types, collaborative and flexibility features, and design features for connecting people.