LOOP Museum of Climate Change

︎ Creators: Heyi Wang, Chuanyan (Julia) Wu, Jing (CC) Zuo
︎ Supervisor: Peter Yeadon
︎ Partner:  The Climate Museum, NYC

By choosing some conclusions, while ignoring others, it is possible for people to form one-sided judgments on the issue of climate change. So, LOOP has been designed as a climate change museum that would provide more opportunities for people to engage various perspectives, giving people a broader understanding of climate change. It’s also designed for flooding.

The project aims to support discussion through the presentation of climate change facts, without passing judgement, leaving space for visitors to reflect on their own experiences within the museum. The exhibition program is based on three categories, which are arranged along a loop that meanders from sea creatures, to land animals, to birds and insects in the sky.

Through immersive experiences throughout the museum, including interactions with birds, plants, and other organisms, people would experience climate change not only as a human being but also via its impact on other creatures. On top of these experience zones, exhibits would engage what is happening and why it is happening, providing detailed information that corresponds to the immersive spaces below.

Discussion is central to the mission of LOOP, so the museum provides discussion areas where people can raise and engage climate change topics, express themselves, and exchange ideas. Screens project opinions and the information is shared with the surrounding City, so that the public can see the information from a very far distance.

The entire project was designed for the old Pier 57 in Manhattan, New York, which is vulnerable to rising tides and often floods during major storm surges. Therefore, LOOP was designed to be flooded. Constructed in 1952, the empty pier building was originally the home of the Marine & Aviation Center and, up until 2003, the Transit Authority made good use of it. This massive concrete structure is the only NYC pier that features cavernous underwater spaces.

Read about LOOP in the Cooper Hewitt Design Journal.

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