As you well know, there has been a movement afoot in a variety of areas that suggests the bringing together of the greater good (artists, engineers, scientists, and the like) can help solve some of the problems we face. The spirit behind this is not only inspirational, but inclusive.
Along with innovative galleries, and programs at museums, engaging, collaborative think tank spaces such as The Hub in Zurich continue to emerge:
“The Hub is designed to facilitate these solutions by creating a global network of collaborative spaces where entrepreneurs and social innovators come together to realize their ideas for a sustainable society.”
You probably heard another in this realm as of late: the Guggenheim Lab:
“The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile laboratory that will travel to nine major cities worldwide over six years. Led by international, interdisciplinary teams of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability, the BMW Guggenheim Lab will address issues of contemporary urban life through programs and public discourse. Its goal is the exploration of new ideas, experimentation, and ultimately the creation of forward-thinking solutions for urban life.”
Looks like excellent design is being applied to the Hub project- it is Zurich, after all. Depending on the goals and the audience for such a project, good physical realization is important for diverse participants to feel that a new endeavor is sincere, and can foster a sense of place. That’s not to say that’s the only way.
That said, check out the sweet architecture the Hub is working within: