Dream Facility for Its-Village
Scientists' Village Concept Model
The main building of the new transdisciplinary facility will become the visual symbol for this new endeavor and must reflect our values and vision. The transdisciplinary village will be a unique research facility for the study and development of next-generation design and process methods. Future thinking at the new facility could well find it's roots in antiquity, therefore, it is recommended we look at classical architecture for inspiration to design our centerpiece edifice.
The ancient city of Ephesus offers a good starting point for both architectural style and philosophy. Ephesus, now located in western Turkey, was a major port for trade and learning in ancient Ionia. Its privileged location made it an important meeting place between east and west. The philosopher Heraclitus (ca. BC 500), recognized as the father of process philosophy, lived near Ephesus. We anticipate process philosophy may offer important concepts for future research in transdisciplinarity while process, design and systems notions remain a key part of the ATLAS philosophy.
One building stands out among ruins at Ephesus for its unique beauty and style: the Celsus Library. Completed by the Romans in AD 135 and once housing some 12,000 scrolls, it was the center of learning and knowledge for the region. It is recognized as one of the three great libraries in western civilization along with the libraries of Alexandria and Pergamum. The front facade combines alternating rows of Ionian and Corinthian columns. Four statues adorn the entrance: Sophia (wisdom), Episteme (knowledge), Ennoia (intelligence) and Arete (valor). The striking beauty of the Celsus library could be the model for the entrance to the main building.
The Special Collections section in the Village library, will house an extensive and rare catalog of information about well known scientists who lived in the 20th and 21st centuries. The strength of the collection will comprise their scientific work such as articles, books, papers, correspondence and proceedings, and will be enhanced with numerous pictures, videos, important speeches and lectures to make the collection a true transdisciplinary science and engineering archive of the future.
Branches of international universities will be formed in the Its-Village to create a network hub for leading-edge research and education. The interaction of these branch universities will promote a highly intellectual exchange and develop new abstractions, methods and investigations far beyond the barriers presented by academic disciplines.
The Foucault pendulum named after the French physicist Léon Foucault, was conceived as an experiment to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth. Almost every major science museum has one on display. Its-Village will also have one at the main building.
The residence circle will provide housing for scientists and scholars visiting the Its-Village. In addition to comfortable spaces for relaxation and sleep, these suites will include kitchenettes, work spaces with high speed internet connections, and common areas for informal meetings and fellowship. The suites are arranged in a circular layout with views of the inner courtyard and the outer expanses of the campus. The arrangement residence circle and the design of the suits were designed to emphasize global, transdisciplinary interaction and collaboration.
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