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HR Macmillan Institute

Schematic con­cept design for an immer­sive and inter­ac­tive social learn­ing envi­ron­ment focus­ing on two themes: Earth Obser­va­tion and China Stars.

DE was called by the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the H.R. Macmil­lan Space Cen­tre to work with them on re-conceptualizing one of their main exhibit spaces. The H.R. Macmil­lan Space Cen­tre is one of British Columbia’s most respected cul­tural insti­tu­tions hence it was an hon­our to be cho­sen for this assign­ment. This design chal­lenge brought together DE exper­tise in con­tent direc­tion, 3D exhibit design, and envi­ron­men­tal graphic art direction.

The exhibit space was 4,000 square feet and was to bring to life con­tent relat­ing to ancient Chi­nese schol­ar­ship related to astron­omy as well as mod­ern sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy used for observ­ing the Earth. These two diverse, yet related themes were woven together by DE con­tent experts and brought to life with phys­i­cal exhibits that pro­moted vis­i­tor inter­ac­tion with both the exhibits them­selves and other vis­i­tors. The bold chal­lenge of cre­at­ing a social learn­ing envi­ron­ment was a fan­tas­tic oppor­tu­nity to uti­lize DE’s inte­grated design approach that con­nects dis­ci­pli­nary experts and guides them to a com­mon goal.

The work of DE laid the foun­da­tion for fur­ther devel­op­ment and resulted from pos­i­tive feed­back from the client:

David Oswald brings a con­tem­po­rary inter­na­tional sense of design to his projects and to his dis­cus­sion with clients. He under­stands that today’s exhi­bi­tion vis­i­tors are com­ing with per­spec­tives that blend sci­ence, human­i­ties, art and envi­ron­men­tal con­cerns. He enjoys the chal­lenge of design that stim­u­lates and engages these many inter­ests.”
– Donna Liv­ing­stone, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, H.R. Macmil­lan Space Centre.