SLOANE BROWN MAJOR: ARCHITECTURE “NANO NETWORKS” 05/06/11PGTE 5165 - HYBRID WORLDS - PROF. VICTORIA VESNA
ABSTRACT Nano Networks re-imagines an isolated 1950s state office campus in Albany, New York asa landscape of natural, built, and social systems intertwining a nanotechnology research parkwith the city and its residents. This entails a breakdown of boundaries between and withinthese systems on multiple scales, from underutilized greenways and massive infrastructuresthreading through the campus to lab and collaborative spaces clustered within the researchfacilities. In the same way that the enhanced excitability of a single neuron at the nanoscale has the capacity to improve the health of an entire neural network, the heightenedinterconnectivity of urban and architectural systems and spaces in this project creates anenergetic network for enhanced collaboration and creativity.
INSPIRATIONScientists have found a way to use carbon nanotubes toimprove the health of neural networks by promoting cellattachment and growth. Because carbon nanotubes, likeneurons, are highly electrically conductive, they can formvery tight contacts with neuronal cell membranes. Onceconnected, the carbon nanotubes create “shortcuts”between distal and proximal compartments of theneuron, which allows for enhanced neuronal excitability(a healthier neuron!) Not only is this amazing in and ofitself, but it fits perfectly with my thesis concept and thetype of collaborative, networked spaces that I want todesign!
EXISTING CLOSED SYSTEM EXISTING CLOSED SYSTEM FUT UR FUT UR EP NEW YORK EP AT ROO GREENWAY AT ROO GREENWAY N RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT N INDUSTRY TROY ALBANY ROU ROU T ROCHESTER SYRACUSE E 85 BUFFALO ITHACA OFFICE PARK CE NTR TE 8 STONYBROOK NEW YORK CITY A OFFICE PARK LA CE VE NT 5 R AL AV ALBANY E RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT W INDUSTRY AS INCUBATOR HI N GT ON COLLEGE OF NANOSCALE AV SCIENCE & ENGINEERING E SUNY ALBANY PROPOSED HARRIMAN TECH PARK ? W AS HI WE NGT STE ON RENSSELAER RN SUNY ALBANY EAST CAMPUS AVE AV E WE STE RNURBAN SCHEME AVE PATROON CREEK PROPOSED NETWORK KRUM KILL WATERSHED INTERSECTION PROPOSED NETWORK EXISTING CONDITIONS LAB FLEXIBLE OFFICES COLLECTIVE NODE S OFFICES SITE PLAN 1/64” = 1’-0” OFFICES LABS LABS coLAB CLUSTERS EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL NANOTECH CIRCULATION “...a landscape of natural, built, and social systems intertwining a NEW PROPOSAL nanotechnology research park with the city and its residents.” PUBLIC CIRCULATION
LAB FLEXIBLE OFFICES COLLECTIVE NODE S OFFICES OFFICES LABS LABS coLAB CLUSTERSBUILDING SCHEME NANOTECH CIRCULATION PUBLIC CIRCULATION
PROGRAM ORGANIZATION PRECEDENTS PROGRAM ORGANIZATIONconference/collaberation PROGRAM ORGANIZATION labs KEY labs KEY KEY conference/collaberation TYPICAL FLOOR PLAN labs conference/collaberation lab support free-form collaboration lab support free-form collaboration free-form collaboration lab supportlogy Center circulation Birch Nanotechnology Center circulation circulation Birch Nanotechnology Center offices offices officesed Nanotechnologies Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies - circulation confined to hallways -- circulation confined to hallways circulation confined to hallways - programmatic functions split into wings -- programmatic functions split into wings programmatic functions split into wings -closed conference/collaboration spaces -closed conference/collaboration spaces -closed conference/collaboration spaces - no shared spaces -- no shared spaces no shared spaces - strict modular lab organization -- strict modular lab organization strict modular lab organizationement Laboratory Advanced Measurement Laboratory Advanced Measurement Laboratoryus NEW PARADIGM A NEW PARADIGM Googleplex Campus NEW PARADIGM Googleplex CampusActivity Based Learning Macquarie Bank -- Activity Based Learning Macquarie Bank Activity Based Learning B LEVEL 04
PUBLIC interface ANALYTICAL A MOLECULAR CHEMISTRY H ELECTRON CHARAC. E CHARAC. E ELECTRICAL MEMSS C R CHARACTERIZATION TIO CHARA CHARACTERIZATION A Z SURFACE ANALYSIS A NANOSTRUCTURES A III AXITRON IN NSTRUCTIONAL T INSTRUCTIONA TIO AL IO A OPTICAL + CHARACTERIZATION LAB B LAB B EPIGRESS NANOSTRUCTURES S NANOSTRUCTURES A I II SCANNING N E ELECTRON ELECTRON T NANOSTRUCTURES S NANOSTRUCTURES T MICROSCOPY/ OSC S MICROSCOPY/ O OPY I II TEM E EM SEM M