New Henan Museum By contextualising the exhibit, how do architects build a better relationship between museums and visitors?

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Wang, Deng
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
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Unitec, Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
Date
2023
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Su, Bin
Moore, Cameron
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Masters Thesis
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New Henan Museum (Zhengzhou, China)
Zhengzhou (China)
China
museum design
museum experience
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Wang, D. (2023). New Henan Museum: By contextualising the exhibit, how do architects build a better relationship between museums and visitors? (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec, Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology https://hdl.handle.net/10652/6285
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This research project focuses on the design intricacies involved in the conceptualization of the New Henan Museum in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China. The central research question addresses a crucial aspect of museum design: By contextualizing the exhibit, how do architects build a better relationship between museums and visitors? While considerable scholarship exists on museum architecture and visitor engagement, there is a notable gap in understanding the role of architectural design in enhancing the visitor experience within a museum setting, particularly through the lens of exhibit contextualization. This makes the research both necessary and relevant as it aims to fill this scholarly void. To tackle the research question, a multi-faceted methodology is employed. An extensive literature review on museum history and contemporary museology provides a foundational theoretical framework. Precedent and symbolic architectural analysis contribute nuanced insights into how design elements can be orchestrated to forge a more meaningful connection between the museum and its visitors. The findings from these methods not only contribute to the general discourse on the transformative role that design can play in museums but also offer specific guidelines that could shape the New Henan Museum’s development.
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