Boeing – Collaborative Research & Development Network and PAV Terminal
Greg Lynn SUPRASTUDIO with Julia Koerner

Greg Lynn, Professor, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
Julia Koerner, Lecturer, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design

Today, there is a transformation in the way we collaborate:

                        -  we collaborate together

                        -  we collaborate while spatially separated through machines

                        -  we collaborate directly with machines


The office complex, the lab, the studio, the skunk works, the shop, the garage, the hangar and the research park are all spaces predicated on collaboration in the same space together; often around a shared physical object or a screen. We are learning to collaborate without a static point of reference at many locations simultaneously.
Design for collaboration with spaces that acknowledge and facilitate these new ways of working together.

The distance between concept, engineering and manufacturing is rapidly collapsing. Engineering and development does not remain on the screen.

-       3D printing allows for geographically distributed collaboration around identical physical objects.

-       Augmented Reality allows objects and data to be brought into space and locked to spatial and physical objects without the need for caves and immersive virtual environments.  

Design today requires spaces that integrate technologies of presentation, communication and fabrication into the architecture so they are not just applied equipment.


The students designed two facilities simultaneously and in relation to one another. Understanding that people do not work on one project at a time but with multiple teams on multiple projects, they were asked to question the cubicle and offices and think instead about how to work with teams in both Large and Small Project Centers within their building as well as with colleagues at other locations. For example, an employee might work one full day a week on an incubator project team, mornings with a large project team and afternoons with two small project teams. IN each case they might be working with colleagues both local and remote.


The students were given the task to propose ways in which Personal Aerial Vehicles would impact urban transportation hubs as well as urban buildings.  As a case study the Federal Building at the intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and Rt. 405 was given as a site.  Students considered the site at the building scale, how PAV drone transportation could service the building; and some considered the site at a regional station scale, how a major PAV terminal could integrate with other modes of transportation near the site. Concerns of navigation, aerodynamics, safety, vertical transportation and regional planning were responded to in each project.

Students: Anna Kudashkina, Lyo Heng Liu, Yuchen Liu, Marcelo Marcos Rodriguez, Luis Ochoa, Pegah Roshan, Jorel Emmanuel Sanchez, Chunxiao Wany, Yifan Wu, Ruolin Xu, Ting Xu, Yuekan Yu