Architecture Discovers Science

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Science  14 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5451, pp. 210-214
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5451.210

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Laboratories have long been the plainest of buildings, emphasizing function over form to a fault. Now, lured by a surge of funding and the growing prestige of science, world-famous architects, in partnership with special lab consultants, are changing the public face of research. But even though these partnerships are producing stunning designs and innovative working environments, there is still much debate about whether the quality of the architecture really enhances the quality of the science (see sidebar).