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.