SAHARA Highlights: Science and Technology

by Jacqueline Spafford, SAHARA Co-Editor | Jul 02, 2020

With so much conflicting and dubious information coming to us right now, it seems like a good time to honor the pursuit of facts through scientific research. Across the globe there are institutes devoted to furthering the body of scientific knowledge, which is particularly comforting to think about right now when we need it badly. Thanks, as always, to our members for their thoughtful contributions. Enjoy this sampling from the collection, and please consider using this period of isolation as an opportunity to contribute some of your own images to SAHARA.

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Erich Mendelsohn, Einstein Tower
Erich Mendelsohn, Einstein Tower, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, Germany, 1920–24. Photograph by David Brownlee, 2009.


Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Thom Mayne and Morphosis, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York City, 2006–9. Photograph by Peter Clericuzio, 2012.


The Cosmic Rays Laboratory at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Felix Candela, The Cosmic Rays Laboratory at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City, ca. 1952. Photograph by Gabrielle Esperdy, 2009.


Indian Institute of Technology
J.K. Chowdhury, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, 1961–84. Photograph by Peter Serenyi.


National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, 1965–66. Photograph by G.E. Kidder Smith.


Tsinghua University: Experimental Ultra-Low-Energy-Consumption Building
Design and Research Institute, Tsinghua University: Experimental Ultra-Low-Energy-Consumption Building, Tsinghua Green Building Research Center, Beijing, China, 2004–6. Photograph by Dell Upton, 2006. Attached to the Tsinghua School of Architecture, the center was built in anticipation of the 2008 Olympics.


National Institute of Immunology
Raj Rewal, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India, 1985. Photograph by Peter Serenyi.


Maharaja of Jaipur and Indian astronomer
Jai Singh II, Maharaja of Jaipur and Indian astronomer, Jantar Mantar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, 1734. Photograph by Mary Ellen Sigmund, 1987. The monument is a collection of 19 architectural astronomical instruments. 


Alton Jones Cell Science Center
James L. Coquillard, Alton Jones Cell Science Center, Lake Placid, New York, 1968-71.  Photograph by Richard Longstreth. A longstanding national need for a permanent laboratory devoted to cell science research was met by Nettie Marie Jones as a memorial to her husband.


International Plant Science Center
James Stewart Polshek and Partners, International Plant Science Center, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York, 1997. Photograph by Jennifer L. Thomas, 2015.  The Center contains the Steere Herbarium collection of over 7.2 million specimens.


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