This week Northeastern University celebrated the official opening of the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex with an opening symposium featuring a keynote speech by National Science Foundation Director France A. Cordova. The morning’s events included remarks from several elected officials – US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, US Representative Joseph Kennedy III and Mayor Martin Walsh – as well as Northeastern President Aoun. Many of the speakers remarked on the magnificence of the building and its embodiment of the University’s commitment to research and the future.
Throughout the morning, we heard several comments about the urgency of interdisciplinary research – to explore our world’s most complex challenges. We believe the design of this building sets the stage for incredible discovery and collaboration for years to come. Dr. Cordova spoke at length about the concept of convergence, which draws on the deep, integration of knowledge, techniques and expertise from multiple fields and said, “The ISEC will put in to practice the concept of convergence.” We can’t wait to see what scientific discoveries happen within the walls of the ISEC.
With a site master plan authored and contextual knowledge established, the Virginia Tech Architecture + Design students from our CDR OpenLab Studio at Payette jumped into the next phase of the semester: designing five landmark buildings. The weeks leading up to the midterm were fast and intense, the design process modeled after how we practice at Payette.
Check it out on our Blog on how they understood and processed the complexity of the program typologies, began the design process with model making, and to utilize the 3D visualization – one of the most unique services we have at Payette from the Design Visualization Group. We put on goggles and zoomed out to look at the relationships between the buildings and the site. From this experiential lens, students were able to refine the massing and site placement of their buildings to embrace their neighbors.
On the day of the midterm review, our Payette and Virginia Tech crew were joined by Shelley Martin, Jordan Rogove, and Mimi Love. The new perspectives of our guest jury resulted in a rich and diverse discussion with each group.