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Thursday 17 October: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

David Attenborough Building, Seminar Room, New Museums Site, CB2 3QZ

The David Attenborough Building has undergone radical transformation in recent years. A classic example of 1960s brutalism, the building was originally designed by Sir Philip Dowson of Arup Associates to house laboratories for the Mathematics, Zoology and Metallurgy Departments. Redesigned by Nicholas Hare Architects, it is now the home of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, a collaborative partnership between the University of Cambridge and nine other leading biodiversity conservation organisations. In keeping with the goals of its inhabitants, the building has an innovative sustainability strategy. Common meeting rooms, break-out spaces and communal roof-top gardens help foster collaboration between the CCI partners. The building also houses several zoology research groups and the Museum of Zoology, with its iconic fin whale skeleton taking centre-stage in a striking glass extension.
Architect Carol Lelliott will explain how the building was redesigned to suit its new purpose, and a panel of representatives from the CCI partners will share their thoughts on how the collaborative work space has changed the way they work together.

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01223 766766

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Age: Adults, Talk, Arrive on time, Free