I want to design an exhibition that celebrates the earth and educates about the topic of climate change and other factors that pose a threat to the earth's fragility. Through a physical journey into the museum, I also want to create an emotional journey that begins with appreciation, awe and wonder and changes to a feeling of responsibility to protect the earth. The museum will become a place of internal reflection and calling to action, learning about how our daily activities effect the world as we know it.
The best way to celebrate the earth, in my opinion, begins with being outside. I want the beginning of the exhibition to be walking through nature, appreciating its beauty and mystery as something greater than us. I want to include a fountain that resembles a natural waterfall.
Throughout the museum, I want to play with the motif of self reflection through the use of mirrors incorporated into the architectural layout. The idea of looking into a distorted mirror could replicate the distorted view of a visitor before they are educated on the current threats facing our earth. Some of these threats could include the use of fossil fuels and the production of co2 into the atmosphere, consumer culture and waste, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, ..etc. At the end of the exhibit, there could be a non-distorted mirror wall that encourages self reflection by ultimately leaving the fate of the world in your own hands.
The best way to encourage real action in people to create a lower carbon footprint, recycle, reduce plastic use, etc... is to create an experience that supplements the unfolding message. Architecture is powerful because it can evoke emotions that enhance a deeper understanding. By combining architecture with visual imagery, I would create a sense of moral duty, larger purpose or feeling of fate without action.
Beyond these components, I also want an exhibition with amenities and activities. In this part of the exhibition, I want to incorporate simplistic designs, open spaces and natural light.