The Climate Museum Launch Project aims to provide a lasting space for imagining a better future together, to serve as a global hub for optimistic climate awareness and initiative, putting climate at the heart of our culture, ethics, and public life. A museum on climate change is not a static display but an ongoing exchange of ideas. This proposal for a climate launch museum is a hybrid lab-museum space situated in a redesigned urban “green” neighborhood.
Urban / Sponge City
Based on the historical data provided by Eric Sanderson’s “Mannahatta-Welikia Project” and FEMA Flood Maps, an urban intervention of a wetland was plotted along the Tribeca-Soho area. This intervention ranges from reclaiming underutilized land for an urban forestry to working with existing infrastructure to redefine street conditions and hardscapes. A series of “sponges” is created to mediate rising sea levels.
Architecture / C-Lab
Situated on the back of the site along Grand Street, the main building consists of single and double height labs, research facilities and fabrication spaces with circulation running along the southern double skin facade. The museum runs along the circulation route and is adjacent to each of the lab spaces. On the exterior, Strips of solar panels are hung along the southern and eastern facade.
The required area of the building is pushed back to allow for a flexible greenscape along Canal street.
An inclusive active street front is achieved by a ground floor exhibition space coupled with the addition of a restaurant/ auditorium program to wrap the green scape.
Solar optimized facade along the south and east exposure. Green roofs lower thermal mass of the building as well as provide outdoor amenity spaces.
Blending of lab and exhibition spaces. The exhibition space extends beyond the building boundaries, into the greenscape and adjacent streets
Exhibition / Transportation
This exhibition re-imagines transportation, mobility, systems and their efficiencies. People will engage and physically interact with innovative solutions and technologies- demonstrated through displays and interactions like self-operating vehicles, public transportation and to become involved in the making of a sustainable future. Unlike traditional lab/research spaces that are kept separate, the boundaries between these spaces are blurred, allowing for a hybridization of programs.