Designing New York's Fire Safety Learning Center

For most people, the words "themed entertainment" have frivolous connotations, but themed entertainment can be used to educate; it can even help save lives. For example, there's FDNY Fire Zone, an exhibit in New York City that uses scenery, lighting, sound, and video to teach children how to identify fire hazards in their homes and what to do if a fire should strike.

Fire Zone is, in many ways, the gift of Tishman Speyer Properties Inc., the firm that owns Rockefeller Center, where th

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