Zaha Hadid to create maths gallery at London’s Science Museum http://www.dezeen.com/2014/09/10/zaha-hadid-maths-gallery-london-science-museum/ via @dezeen
This year in the MA/Exhibition Design Program we are exploring the medium of Exhibition through elements of narrative theory. While last year was our ‘year of audience’ this is our ‘year of narrative.’ I, and the faculty in MA/EX, were inspired and motivated by our visit to the MA Narrative Environments program at Central St. Martins in London last April.
Inherent in our exploration of narrative theory in the medium of Exhibition is a consideration of metaphor in architecture, spatial, and experiential design.
I am posting this video featured in an article in Dezeen about Zaha Hadid’s winning bid to design the new math(s) gallery at the Science Museum in London because of how evident the element metaphor is within this design concept.
I frequently re-post items from one of my favorite Tumblrs: visualizingmath. A quick look at their posts shows how deeply researched visualizations of math can translate into elements in the built environment. Zaha Hadid’s concept is clearly taking the metaphor of “exhibition as math” to new heights (literally.)
While I encourage my students to explore metaphor in the form of “exhibition as…” I am also keenly aware that with form must come function, and unfortunately I fear that Zaha Hadid’s design for the Maths Gallery will suffer from being high on concept and low on content. These initial plans are beautiful, to be sure, but I am curious to see how the functionality will hold up to the potential of the ‘medium of Exhibition.’
And, by the way, what is going on with the creepy ‘matron of maths’ in the middle of the room?