Graduate Student Emily Yen Wins Museum of Science Fiction Competition

By Erin Graham | Oct 14, 2014

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Over the summer, RISD Architecture’s Emily Yen submitted a proposal to the Museum of Science Fiction’s “Preview Museum” Competition. Her concept, “Schrodinger’s Box”, took first place and was lauded by the jury for its elegant form and attention to programmatic requirements.

The Museum of Science Fiction is a D.C.-based organization whose mission is to celebrate the “intersections of science, art, and imagination in the context of science fiction and the impact of those intersections in our media and our culture.” To further their outreach ability, the museum developed the Preview Museum Competition, an international event that garnered the attention of students and professionals from over 40 countries. A jury comprised of museum staff, academics, and local architects who specialized in museums selected Emily’s design from 128 submissions. Architect Magazine’s story on the Preview Museum goes into more detail about the selection process.

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Emily Yen developed a love of science fiction at an early age through reading. Her proposal, “Schrodinger’s Box”, won over the judges because of its simple elegance: a form striking from a distance and yet engaging up close. She explains, “Schrodinger’s Box, a glowing exterior cube of mystery, whose contents emanate a hinted presence of the possibilities and imaginations within. A structural interior trapezoid within the cube holds program yet allows the irregular inbetween space to form experiential moments of unique exhibitions. The concept allows for interactions inside and outside of the box, merging a whimsical science fiction world within an earthy DC fabric.”

Now that the judges have selected Emily’s design, they are in the process of selecting a licensed architect to work with her in the development and construction of the 3,000-square-foot Preview Museum, scheduled to open by the end of next year.

For a list of all winners, see the Museum of Science Fiction’s website, or to follow the Preview Museum’s progress, check out their newsletter.

 

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Competitions

Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
  • March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
  • March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
  • April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
  • May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association

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