The role that architecture plays in our individual and communal lives is often overlooked, yet in an age when environmental crises are imminent and individuals increasingly turn inward to their electronic devices, an investment in quality spaces that promote social and ecological well-being seems more urgent than ever. This conundrum begs the question: how can a deeper appreciation for architecture be instilled in twenty-first century society?
This question may be best addressed by museums, which are uniquely suited to present the complex histories of architecture and the built environment. Architectural knowledge has traditionally been difficult to disseminate, due in large part to the challenges inherent in representing multi-sensorial and site-specific space. If a person has not visited a particular building or site, they must rely on its representation through other media, such as drawings, models, and photographs. Through exhibitions and programs, the museum can bring such representations together in a single space to reveal the patterns and variances across styles and their global and local interpretations, to compare the “good” architecture to the “bad,” and to trace the transformation of spaces as they have been conceived, constructed, and used. The museum serves as a primary venue for promoting architectural knowledge and appreciation—not typically addressed in K-12 education—among the public.
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