"Part of the artist's insight is to be able to interpret the future earlier than anybody," he [Smarr] said during an interview in the small hideaway conference room adjacent to his office. "We regard the artist as fully equal with any scientist at Calit2."
That idea, which is anathema to some in the engineering-driven world of science and technology, influenced the thinking of the building's designers in the San Francisco office of NBBJ, the international architectural and design firm.
"We put the clean room and the media artists as close as possible so we could see the artists talking to the physicists and telling them what to do," said Mark Whiteley, an NBBJ director in San Francisco.
The future is far too important to be interpreted only by science.