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It was January 21, 1962. The crowd was gathering. The press was waiting. The photographers were ready. When the doors finally opened, it was to the new home of the Museum of Art, Science and Industry (now The Discovery Museum and Planetarium) that everyone entered.
Designed by John Johansen, of the famous Harvard Five, the Museum and its building were a collaboration of regional towns, businesses, organizations, and residents who came together in the belief that such an entity would greatly benefit the local communities.

In 2012, as we celebrate the Museum’s 50th anniversary – its founding, its architecture, its community-- we invite you to join us.

In the five decades since the museum was built, stunning advances in design, energy conservation, and sustainability have become more accessible to the public, though not necessarily more familiar. With our exhibit, the corresponding lecture series, and other related events, we hope to change that.


Architecture: Art, Science and Energy Exhibit
through Thursday, March 21, 2013

An exhibition of architectural advances in design, energy conservation and sustainability, created in partnership with participating architecture firms.
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Architecture is the art and science of designing our built environment and this exhibit looks at how they converge. It presents six distinct building types through the eyes of architects, to understand how our built environment is created, how it can be made better, and how energy plays an important part.

Building Types to Be Explored:
School Ecologies - Svigals + Partners, Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School
A Green Home in any Color - DeStefano and Chamberlain, Inc. – Structural and Architectural Engineering
The Urban Alternative - Robert Orr & Associates
Urban Space & Articulation - Touloukian Touloukian, Inc.
The Discovery Museum - David Barbour Architects

Thanks to our generous sponsors:
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