Lecture: The Science of Scientific Architecture

November 11th, 2010

Nobel Laureate Dr. James D. Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, and William Grover, partner emeritus of Centerbrook Architects, explore “Making a Village for Science,” an overview of their 34-year collaboration at the renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) on Long Island. Their illustrated presentation, part of the third annual Centerbrook Architecture Series presented by the Essex Library, is free on Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Essex Meadows Auditorium from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free; please call (860) 767-1560 to register.

Although hailing from quite distinct professions, the two men agreed that the process of scientific discovery could be served by compelling architecture that affords places for interaction, quiet contemplation, and leisure – whether bird watching, sailing, or tennis – as well as venues designed for casual sociability and collegiality. Scientists do not succeed by test tubes alone, they reasoned.

In its 120th year and home to seven Nobel Laureates, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s 400-plus scientists conduct research into the fundamentals of genetics with a focus on cancer, neuroscience, genomics and bioinformatics, plant biology and quantitative biology. Their work bears on diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Autism.