When we were toddlers at the playground, we ran around the sandbox, shoveling up sand in one corner and then dumping it on to the castle we were building in the other corner—our creativity had no boundaries. But as we grew up and went to college, we often found ourselves forced to choose between “art” or “science”, not able to move freely between fields. In an effort to create sandboxes at Harvard, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Professor David Edwards, author of “Artscience: Creativity in the Post-Google Generation” unveiled The Laboratory at Harvard last November, as an innovative workspace for creative ideas located in Level B1 of Northwest Labs, below the skeletons of whales and amid the sea of red couches. Sponsored by a wide range of art and science groups—including SEAS, FAS, the GSD, the ART, the Provost’s Office, the Idea Translation Lab, and Le Laboratoire, an art and design center in Paris, The Laboratory will host student idea night and exhibitions of works-in-progress, including a soccer ball designed to store energy for electricity and a new way to easily transport water in countries like Namibia. Outside the lab, SEAS Professors are also finding ways to connect art and science in the classroom – for example, next fall will see the unveiling of a much-touted Gen Ed class about the science of food featuring world-famous chefs like Jose Andrés and Ferran Adriá: “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter.”

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