Museums are extraordinarily diverse in their areas of focus. Some museums, such as the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, is so vast in scope and scale as to be utterly encyclopedic. In contrast,  other museums, like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, offer a highly choreographed experience and concentrate on a specific person, place, or subjetct. The museum that our studio are working on is definitely the latter one, which narrowly focused on the hot topic Climate Change.

For the recent field trip in New York City, we started from the American Museum of Natural History where we guided by James Polshek.

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As the designer of Rose Center,  James Polshek elaborated his concept of and the design process with proud and excitement, which gave us a deeper understanding about the whole structure.

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Shortly after that, we got the access to the backstage of the museum: exhibition department,  where the designers and editors organized every single theme exhibit. In order to help us visualized our Climate Change subject better, they generously presented their work back to 2008 about the same topic as reference.

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Coming out of the American Museum of Natural History, we rushed into the site for our Climate Change Museum: Pier 57 along Hudson river.

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As a bonus tour, we were invited to RAA ( at the end of the day, looking into the design approach and the whole process for exhibit space.

Thank for the support and help of our teacher Peter Yeadon, outstanding architect James Polshek, the designers in American Museum of Natural History and RAA, as well as the Director Adam Zucker from Youngwoo & Associates.


From Viola Tian





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