The sci|art nanolab obviously focuses on the combination of both science and art into a new discipline. While as of now, I don’t believe there are many prominent fields with this in mind, one that I think of is the field of architecture.
Architecture combines civil engineering, arguable based in mathematics and science, with art. The difference is the inclusion of an aesthetic factor. While engineering produces buildings and structures that are purely utilitarian, architecture seeks to elevate these constructs to a higher level. It combines the scientific and computational aspects of engineering and the imagination and freedom of art and melds it together in order to design that which exists in the mind and allows it to be translated to draft and then into an actual structure.
A new branch of architecture, green architecture, further melds science and art. It still contains the traditional forms and goals of architecture, but adds the additional goal of environmental responsibility and sustainability. Green architecture aims to reduce the human toll on the land that the buildings are built on and from. Being that, they combine much more science than traditional architecture. It is necessary that green buildings be the most efficient that they can be, and that means improving the efficiency of all components of the building, above all, insulation and heating, as well as methods of sustainable energy and waste water utilization. Another important aspect is the use of recycled materials instead of new ones, and the use of locally sourced materials in order to cut down on cost and pollution while in transport.
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The Guggenheim in Bilboa: A melding of science and modern art:
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