Arup will receive the Honor Award during the Museum's Gala on June 16 in Washington DC. In conjunction with the award, Arup’s mLab will be on display at
the Museum from June 17 and through August 15, featuring content focused on
global climate action. A mobile environment combining audio, light, and virtual
reality using 3D ambisonic sound, the installation will demonstrate how
decisions for a project’s different design iterations can be made using a
virtual, first-hand experience. The mLab uses advanced VR and 3D audio
technology to recreate any aspect of the built environment, from the interior
of concert halls or train stations, to the exterior urban environment, and streamlines
spatial coordination for collaborators throughout the design phases. It joins
the Museum’s Notre-Dame de Paris: The Augmented Exhibition which also
utilizes immersive technology storytelling.
up to the Gala, on June 1 the Museum and Arup will co-host a virtual program to
begin a year-long series that recognizes and highlights the firm’s work
addressing sustainability and social justice in the built environment as part
of the Museum’s Climate ABC series. The virtual program will feature Fiona Cousins, Arup's Americas Region Chair, and be moderated by Robert Kay, Arup’s Climate
Services and Sustainability Leader. It will cover the power of digital technology,
nature-based solutions, and community empowerment to move sustainable
development from concept to action.
The Honor Award has been presented annually since 1986 to recognize individuals and organizations that have shaped America’s built heritage, defined our culture, and developed our communities. Arup joins a list of honorees that includes Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Urban Land Institute, Brookfield Properties, and the National Endowment for the Arts.