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Art Works for Change


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus


Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience

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  • This exhibition features adaptable and sustainable architectural designs for the era of climate change.
  • There are four galleries based on the themes: Circular, Portable, Visionary, and Resilient.
Teaching Tips


  • This exhibition explores what our future world might look like.
  • The designs are interesting, unique, and innovative.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page to explore the four galleries called Circular, Portable, Visionary, and Resilient.
  • Students can also click "Take a 3D Tour by MCD" to view the gallery on the Museum of Craft and Design website.


  • Art students can choose one of the four galleries to analyze. Students can write essays or have discussions about the pieces in their gallery.
  • Social studies students can pick one design and argue for its deployment in society based on how well it will help us adapt to climate change.
  • Engineering and design students can use these designs as inspiration to create their own architectural structures that can withstand the effects of climate change.
  • The most vulnerable communities are often those most impacted by climate change. Teachers can discuss this issue of justice and how it is addressed in this exhibition.
Scientist Notes
This art piece showcases environmental sustainability with rational thinking on how to design and plan our urban spaces. It highlights environmental determinism and is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.1.Ia Hypothesize ways in which art influences perception and understanding of human experiences.
      • VA:Re7.2.Ia Analyze how one’s understanding of the world is affected by experiencing visual imagery.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 11 - Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
      • VA:Cn11.1.IIIa Appraise the impact of an artist or a group of artists on the beliefs, values, and behaviors of a society.
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