Future of urban planning on display in Rio’s newest museum

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Future of urban planning on display in Rio’s newest museum

A new museum in Rio de Janeiro is taking a bold approach to addressing the future of the planet and its environment. The Museu do Amanhã (The Museum of Tomorrow) mixes science with an innovative design to focus on sustainable cities.

The museum’s exhibits will tackle issues related to the connection between cities and the environment, such as population growth, consumption patterns, climate change and the distribution of wealth. Fittingly, the main exhibit is more about ideas than softly lit objects, and asks the questions: Who are we? Where are we from? And where are we going?

“As the world becomes more and more urban, one of mankind’s greatest challenges is how we occupy cities,” Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, said in a press release on this week’s grand opening. “The Museum of Tomorrow … has inspired reflection on our hopes for the city to be more integrated and more generous with public spaces.”

Located on the Maua Pier, and jutting into the black waters of Guanabara Bay, the building is designed to adapt to changing climate conditions, with adjustable solar panels, natural energy and light sources, and a temperature regulation system that relies on the bay water. […]