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What a Mathematics Institute Looks Like 47 The great spiral staircase at the centre of the Fields Institute, 222 College St., Toronto. Whereas the open central core of the Institute encourages collaborative work as researchers gather around blackboards to discuss and work out problems, the periphery of the building provides offices and group space for more independent work. Using a spatial strategy of corridor-balconies the architects have provided spacious informal areas to accommodate the routes of peripatetic mathematicians as well as areas for casual interaction or intense brainstorming sessions. All these