Accomodate multiple disciplines
Plan spaces that do not lock you into a specific, time-bound way of doing things, but rather spaces that will be able to accommodate advances in science and technology into the learning environment. Some of the more interesting present-day scientific questions are those at the interstices of the disciplines. It is an intellectual and educational challenge for academic leaders to understand how the dissolving of boundaries between the disciplines in the professional R&D community is changing what is learned and is taught in classrooms and labs. Crossing disciplinary boundaries has implications for the kind of curriculum put in place, for the kind of research done by students and faculty, and for the way institutional decisions are made about budgets, as well as facilities.
The time of planning new spaces is a critical time to consider the opportunities to design offices and labs that encourage interdisciplinary dialogue and research. The character of the discussions within the STEM faculty on a campus during the planning will affect the character of spaces that are to serve that community well as S&T fields become increasingly interdisciplinary.
- National Research Council