The architects have already got familiar with the planned location of the new building and learned the details of the planned activities. Conceptual work – which has to end by 26th June – has begun. The jury will evaluate all proposals and announce its decisions on 4th June. Awarded projects will be then presented at the post-competition exhibition. Its vernissage will take place right after the verdict of the jury, which comprises representatives of the Association of Polish Architects (SARP), the Capital City of Warsaw, and, last but not least, the investor – the Copernicus Science Centre.
The Copernican Revolution Lab will be an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research and development centre, operating in the field of learning studies. It will combine research conducted in anthropology, education, psychology and sociology, as well new technologies and engineering. All with the aim of creating prototypes and innovative educational solutions to support development of competencies that are key for functioning in the 21st century.
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The planned building will feature open space accommodating approx. 200 people, including Copernicus’ employees, members and partners of the Consortium (incl. universities and leading new technologies and media companies), and innovative start-ups. Diverse programme of the CRL activities requires multi-functional space that will be easy to modify and can be used for unusual purposes and events.
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Another challenge for architects lies in carrying out the project with the use of the innovative BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology. It allows for testing different variants and schemes in VR and thus facilitates choosing the optimal solution. It also provides access to information about costs, schedules and other data. So far, nobody in Poland has built a facility using this technology, so we have a real chance to become pioneers in this field.