Parsons Paris

Museum API – Chapter 1

As the class continues to progress and evolve an intriguing project that the senior students are currently working on is the Carnavalet Museum Project. 

Quick recap on the concept of the class, Museum API is a senior level class taught by Stephanie Nadalo, social and art historian. The course welcomes all majors, Strategic Design Management, Art Media & Technology and lastly Fashion Design to come together under one roof to discover museum and art studies.

The Carnavalet Museum Project: 

The Musée Carnavalet located in Le Marais in Paris, and is dedicated to the history of the city. Inside one can find everything from antique street signs, jewlery, furniture, and paintings. These several works of art are a way through which visitors will be able to undertstand the history of Paris, from its foundation until the present day.

Carnavalet Museum

So far the class has collaborated in the research, prototyping, and documentation of a mediation tool/design intended to valorize the physical and/or digital collections of the Musée Carnavalet and its public. Each project considers how museology, design, history, technology, and curation can work together to create an improved visitor experience and meaningful forms of engagement for diverse museum visitors and staff.

The class has divided up into 4 different groups each designing and creating their very own tool to enhance the viewing experience of the museum. One team is focusing on maps, blue-prints and the organization of the visitor experience, creating numerical rooms and a digital navigation system aiming to avoid getting lost which was a major challenge due to the museum consisting of two different mansions with 3 different floors. Another team is focusing on how to incorporate culture and diversity of the visitors in the museum experience, another focusing on mediation tools for children to connect with the items dispayed. Lastly the final group is creating a personalized interactive journal experience, including captivating prompts and interactive games as an analog way to navigate the space. 

With the help of being alongside the Design Agency Reciproque the students are guided to produce a work that is accessible and actually functional, something that works in the real world. This is key for not only future proesional jobs but future personal projects aswell. 


Joelle Rodriguez

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