In late 2010, the University of Guadalajara appointed MET Studio of London to develop a master plan for Museo De Ciencias Ambientales. This 14,000-m² facility was conceived as a world-class interactive educational experience focused on the sustainability of the Jalisco region in Western Mexico. 
MET Studio partnered with the California-based exhibit design firm Academy Studios and the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta to form the master planning team. I served as the lead interpretive planner and content developer, working closely with the University Project Director and science advisors.
The interpretive design approaches nature from an urban perspective, recognizing that—for the first time in human history and increasingly so in Mexico—most people live in an urban setting. Guadalajara is a city faced with a burgeoning population and increasing social and environmental pressures. The Museum experience invites visitors to consider what historic lessons can be learned in order to ensure that the future relationship between the city and the wider region is viably sustainable.
The theme of ‘confluence’ is visually and experientially reflected in the Central Plaza, which positions the Museum and Guadalajara as a confluence of people, cultures, trade and tributaries for Jalisco.
The Ciudad Gallery is the central portal to the Museum. In this abstracted yet immersive cityscape, visitors experience a mosaic of sounds and smells and feel the excitement and simulation of a bustling metropolis.
The Altiplano Gallery represents the arid highland plateau, which is home to cattle and connects Western Mexico traditions to the rest of the country and the world.
The campo produces food and has been the cradle of civilization and culture of Western Mexico.
Interpretive exhibits in the Campo Gallery highlight the complex dynamics and transformation of Western Mexico’s agriculture and contrast modern-day industrialized agro-business with the traditional subsistence farming methods.
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