Designing for Flexibility

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The Textile Museum’s all-purpose Learning Center Museums increasingly cite flexibility as a key requirement for their exhibition spaces. They define flexibility in a variety of ways including more adaptive interior space, updateable content, and more durable, interactive and multipurpose exhibits. Quatrefoil’s recent work for the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. […]

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The Aesthetic of Nimble

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Michael Burns Today, when people in museums ask us to design a “permanent” gallery our response is different than it once was. “Permanence” is a term people use to indicate resilience, or longevity, but permanence, in an age of rapid change is no longer a matter of simply building sturdy, […]

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Is Innovation Beside the Point?

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Michael Burns How many museums out there with participatory spaces designed around “innovation” actually believe one of your visitors will invent an entirely new concept, or method, or product in your space? I’d guess you’d say that’s not your intention. Many of today’s science and tech museums push the idea […]

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Ghost House

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Roula Tsapalas There is a wide range of strategies for interpreting history. Some historic sites spell it all out for us by reproducing it. Others offer only glimpses of the past leaving the visitor to piece together the clues. History is present all around us – you just have to […]

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What Is an Interactive?

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Roula Tsapalas Compiled from Dictionary websites : allowing or relating to continuous two-way transfer of information between a user and the central point of a communication system, such as a computer or television. (of two or more persons, forces, etc) acting upon or in close relation with each other; interacting. […]

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Are you Brave? Reflections on AAM and Taking Action Towards Inclusion

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Michelle Ivette Gomez The annual American Alliance of Museums (AAM) conference brings together museum workers from around the world on an annual basis to discuss the state of the museum sector, participate in professional development sessions, and engage in dialogue about important issues affecting museum workers and museum visitors today. […]

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