Artistic Pathways to Climate Awareness: Inside the Climate Museum


There are certain solutions we’ll only find if we work together. That’s why climate conversations are a collaborative effort. What are actions anyone can take to engage with climate conversations?

Welcome to the second season of Architecture 5 10 20! I’m your host, Guy Geier, Managing Partner of FXCollaborative Architects in New York. Guests from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences related to the built environment will come to share their thought leadership. Our conversations will start with understanding how they arrived at what they’re doing now. More importantly, we will focus on discussing their vision for the future, looking out 5, 10, and 20 years.

Today, we are joined by Miranda Massey, a trailblazer who left a distinguished career as a civil rights litigator to establish the Climate Museum. The Climate Museum is a pioneering institution dedicated to shifting our cultural paradigm towards climate engagement. We’ll delve into Miranda’s commitment to combating climate indifference and climate silence, the powerful impact of the climate museums exhibitions, and the role these exhibitions have in reshaping our collective narrative of the climate crisis.

Listen as we discuss how initiatives and sustainable design are constantly evolving. So it is crucial for sustainability to be inclusive and accessible. John explores the challenges and opportunities in the interior design industry to move the needle forward and minimize our collective impact on the planet. We talk about the influence professionals have in their individual roles and how we each can influence the industry.

Miranda Massey’s dedication to bridging the gap between climate awareness, the arts, and civic engagement serves as an inspiration to us all. Through the Climate Museum’s exhibitions and collaborations, Miranda and her team have succeeded in fostering a sense of empowerment and community engagement that transcends conventional boundaries. As Miranda shared her insights, we were reminded that the path to a sustainable future is paved with creative endeavors, dynamic conversations, and a shared commitment to change.

Time stamps:

[01:15] – Miranda Massey says she started her career in civil rights work.

[03:59] – Why did Miranda found the Climate Museum?

[07:40] – Miranda talks about the collaboration with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and The Nature Conservancy.

[09:54] – “What do you want your audience to feel?”

[12:23] – Miranda explains the impact of using the arts to communicate climate conversations.

[14:41] – How can people be more optimistic about climate conversations?

[17:40] – Is there a way to measure the impact of the museum? PART 1

[21:19] – Is there a way to measure the impact of the museum? PART 2

[23:59] – How does the Climate Museum engage people who are skeptical about climate conversations?

[25:14] – What are actions anyone can take to engage with climate conversations?

[27:36] – How will you choose to engage?

[30:10] – Miranda emphasizes the need to stay clear and focused as we move towards solutions.

[32:23] – Thank you Miranda for reminding us that we’re all in this together.


Guy Geier

Guy Geier FAIA, FIIDA, LEED is Managing Partner of FXCollaborative and host of the architecture 5 10 20 podcast.

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