New York, NY


Common Weathers - NYSCI

SOFTlab and The Living produced an installation and exhibition design for ReGeneration at the New York Hall of Science. The exhibtion includes ten installations produced by various artists that explore immigration, urbanization, and sustainability through art, science and technology. Our brief was for the exhibition design to not only be a platform for the other installations, but to also be an installation in and of itself making it one of the ten artist installations.

The brief described New York City as an exothermic system that thrives on the infusion of energy through immigration and generates energy through ideas and knowledge. We found that it is not simply the infusion of various groups or energies into a system, but the mixing and tangencies of these energies that produces a “melting pot” of ideas. It is through this mixing and turbulence that a community forms and can be seen as a larger whole while still retaining the ability to distinguish the influence of a “finer grain,” much like a weather system. We treated the overall exhibition as one of these opportunities.

We inverted the typical exhibition design of white walls and subdivisions into a floating surface that not only marked the zones of each artist installation but connected them above through a cloud like surface. Each zone has a custom radius designed specifically for each artist installation emphasizing the individual parts that make up the whole. The circular zones are non-directional implying that the influence of each piece exists in any and all directions. Each installation is not only a part of the overall exhibition installation, but the influence of each zone is seen through the minimal surface geometry used to make up the canopy above. 

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Status: Built
Location: New York, NY, US
Firm Role: Designer
Additional Credits: SOFTlab collaborated with The Living
Engineering and Geometric Analysis: ARUP
Curated by: Northern Lights

Photos: Alan Tansey