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Bezos Center for Innovation at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle, Washington by OLSON KUNDIG ARCHITECTS

 
January 14th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: OLSON KUNDIG ARCHITECTS

The Bezos Center for Innovation is a ground breaking exhibition dedicated to the theme of innovation, featuring multimedia, interactive and hands-on experiences as well as artifacts, images and oral histories that explore Seattle’s culture of innovation. Located within The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), the mission behind the Bezos Center is to educate visitors about Seattle’s creative history and ignite the innovator within. The 5,000 square foot exhibit is layered with rich narratives whose interactive nature facilitates discovery and enables visitors to become fully immersed in the creative process. The exhibition begins with the question, “What is innovation?


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  • Architects: OLSON KUNDIG ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Bezos Center for Innovation at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
  • Location: Seattle, Washington, U.S.A
  • Project Team: Alan Maskin, design lead; Stephen Yamada-Heidner, AIA, LEEDÒ  AP, managing principal; Marlene, Chen, AIA, LEEDÒ  AP, project manager
  • Exhibit Fabricator: Pacific Studio

Consultants: Studio Matthews (graphic design); Shawn White (illustrator); Daphne Hsu (illustrator); Ellipse Studio (content development & label writing); BBI Engineering (multimedia design & development); Stimulant (multimedia design & development)

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Weatherhead Experience Design (multimedia design & development): ARUP (lighting design); HRH Media (video production); Audience Focus (focus testing); BRC Acoustics (acoustical engineer); Brown Bag Creative (graphic production); Margaret O’Mara, University of Washington (research); Lorraine McConaghy, MOHAI (research); Leonard Garfield, MOHAI (museum director)


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Active participation permeates the Bezos Center experience. The “Idea Lab” invites visitors to communally identify and solve some of today’s most pressing challenges. In “We Shape our City,” visitors can take self-portraits in a photo booth and add their faces and ideas to the discussion.


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Seattle Patent Tree” provides a three-dimensional history of the Puget Sound region’s inventive spirit, allowing visitors to take away original concepts of their favorite “Made-In-Seattle” ideas. “Go Big!”—a 9’ x 12’ graphic novel—tells the history of Seattle-based organizations through five short stories about connecting, healing, working, shopping and moving, and “Launch Pad” encourages visitors to engage in an interactive exploration of the skills of innovation as they unleash the innovator within.

Collectively, the exhibit examines themes related to the power of place, common traits of successful innovators, what it takes to fully realize a great idea, and whether all successful innovations yield positive results.


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