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Doodles in black of workspace tables, on white cover, Experimental Zone in black font down left edge

Experimental Zone

An Interdisciplinary Investigation on the Spaces and Practices of Collaborative Research

By (author) Severine Marguin
By (author) Henrike Rabe
By (author) Friedrich Schmidgall
Contributions by Finn Geipel
Contributions by Fabian Scholz
Contributions by Christian Stein


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  • Presents the findings of a four-year research project of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory Image Knowledge Gestaltung at Berlin's Humboldt University on the effect of various spatial design constellations of collaborative workspaces for scientists
  • Features striking and easily interpreted graphics and images
  • The book design reflects the project's interdisciplinary approach
Full Description

Experimental Zone documents a remarkable experiment in spatial research at the Interdisciplinary Laboratory Image Knowledge Gestaltung at Berlin’s Humboldt University. Every two months, for four years, researchers reconfigured a 350-square metre 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 collaboration. 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 publishing design, architecture, and the humanities.

About the Author

Séverine Marguin is a sociologist at Technische Universität Berlin. Henrike Rabe is an architect and researcher at Humboldt University of Berlin. Friedrich Schmidgall is a designer at Einstein Center Digital Future in Berlin.

Park Books
17th Feb 2020
Paperback / softback
World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
275 mm x 210 mm
176 Pages
171 color, 11 b&w
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