As part of the newly released book Designing for Empathy, Perspectives on the Museum Experience, Studio Tectonic’s principal, Seth Frankel, provided a chapter on the role of proximity. Edited by Elif Gokcigdem, the volume is a collection of twenty-three essays from multidisciplinary experts, exploring the state of design’s role in empathy-building within museums. It has been endorsed by the American Alliance of Museums.
The chapter on Proximity is a case study of the exhibition design by Studio Tectonic at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. In an unconventional thinking process, it breaks down proximity into the relationship of content/history, audience and experience through SPACE, TIME and RELATIONSHIP.
It can be purchased in paper or ebook versions through the AAM bookstore, Amazon or the Publisher, Rodman & Littlefield.