Experts from different countries and organizations agree that one of the problems in turning museums and galleries towards sustainability is their temporary exhibitions. Throughout the world, millions are spent in the construction of these exhibitions, money that is often lost when they are dismantled. Even though the resources used in exhibitions are small compared with the ones used to build their “containers”, this activity never stops, becoming a fundamental part of the economy in the culture industry, and therefore, responsible of a significant part of the carbon emissions in this sector.  Even though the museum industry is now showing great interest in the green movement, without a consistent standard of measurement there can be no way to compare the relative “green value” from one exhibition to the next.

Thinking in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner to address these questions is a challenge to architects, designers and exhibition planners and a way for museums and galleries to gain public recognition.

Smart and Green Design has developed its own methodology to ensure green products in the Art and Culture sector, establishing the key aspects required for the design and production of temporary exhibitions based on sustainable principles.

Among other things we have designed our own tool to measure the carbon footprint of temporary exhibitions, designed a data collection protocol and defined a scoring system for results to help museums practitioners identify good practice, encouraging further data collection in the future.


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