California Academy of Sciences
Altered State exhibit
The challenge: Design 20,000 square feet of exhibit space in Renzo Piano’s new museum, have it blend seamlessly into the building and the park setting, and then engage, educate and inspire a global audience. Altered State: Climate Change in California examines climate change globally and locally. The exhibit looks at rising and acidifying oceans, melting ice, hotter and drier environments, and extinction to illustrate what we stand to lose. Visitors can learn about efforts to help mitigate the effects of climate change and also make individual pledges to alter their own impact on the planet.
"Visitors were reading, watching the videos, studying the science, looking at the new technologies, saving the polar bears, abusing the carbon café food and reading the emission labels, studying the graphs, using the computers, writing down their ideas, voting with change, and most importantly, TALKING TO EACH OTHER AND THE STAFF about climate change. I saw lots of wide eyes, curiosity and learning before my eyes. "
Aaron Pope, Manager of Sustainability Programs, California Academy of Sciences
AIGA San Francisco Cause and Effect awards: Best in Category and Judges' choice
Fast Company, “The California Academy of Sciences Delivers a Sustainable Message With Sustainable Exhibition Design”
Metropolis, "Green Design's Grand Experiment"
Spark Awards: Spark! award