Experimental Zone

An Interdisciplinary Investigation on the Spaces and Practices of Collaborative Research

Séverine Marguin, Henrike Rabe, and Friedrich Schmidgall

Experimental Zone

Séverine Marguin, Henrike Rabe, and Friedrich Schmidgall

Distributed for Park Books

184 pages | 100 color plates, 25 halftones | 8 3/4 x 10 3/4
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9783038601487 Published April 2020

Experimental Zone documents a remarkable experiment in spatial research at the interdisciplinary laboratory Image Knowledge Gestaltung at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Every two months, for four years, researchers reconfigured a 350–square meter workspace for forty scientists. The design-based collaborative experiment’s focus was on the interrelation of space and knowledge production: What spatial qualities are required by interdisciplinary teams for their research work?

With some 300 striking and straightforward graphics, Experimental Zone presents the findings of the experiment. It highlights the spatial conditions under which individual and collaborative research unfold, overlap, or merge and reveals the characteristics of an architecture that fosters interdisciplinary. The experiment’s innovative interdisciplinary approach is also reflected in the book’s design, with each of the five chapters and the comprehensive visual material reflecting publishing traditions in design, architecture, and the humanities.
 

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