March 10, 2016 - September 4, 2017
This 7,000-square-foot exhibit, developed and created by MSI, will feature a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant LEGO®-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Hoover Dam, Roman Coliseum, and more, constructed by LEGO® Certified Professional and Chicago native, Adam Reed Tucker. These formations will be paired with hands-on building challenges that reinforce key principles of engineering, construction and architecture-and encourage creativity.
Throughout the exhibit, guests will learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; learn how building beautifully uplifts us all; and explore Chicago's impact as the birthplace of the skyscraper.
Photo credit: J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
- Build and test structures to withstand earthquakes at the tremor table and heavy winds in a wind tunnel.
- Walk over a simulated city on a sturdy I-beam to feel its strength.
- Collaborate to build a life-sized arch.
- Use simple machines and engineering to lift their friends, or themselves!
- Build your own LEGO® creation in an open build area.
- See how great architectural creations-both real and LEGO- based-have come together in fascinating time-lapse footage.
- See futuristic LEGO® structures constructed by architecture firms in response to predicted challenges our cities will face.
- Discover how Adam Reed Tucker, LEGO® Certified Professional, became inspired to pursue architecture and build with the brick.