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Lord Cultural Resources is a global professional practice dedicated to creating cultural capital worldwide.

Lord Cultural Resources offers a comprehensive range of integrated services including master planning, business planning, feasibility studies, cultural and heritage tourism planning, strategic planning, facility planning, functional programming, architect selection, interpretive planning, exhibition design, project management, training and recruitment.

Our cultural projects include museums, mixed-use developments, cultural centres, art galleries, science centres, world expositions, visitor centres, heritage sites, festivals, theatres, archives, libraries and gardens. Our clients are in all sectors including private and public corporations, foundations, governments and non-profit institutions.



New 9/11 Museum Will Open May 21

After years of planning, the National September 11 Museum created to document and memorialize the devastating attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, will open to the public on May 21, 2014 in New York. The opening will follow a May 15 ceremony and a six-day dedication period during which the museum will be open 24 hours a day so that survivors, the families of victims, rescue and recovery workers, and neighborhood residents and business owners can preview the 110,000 square feet of exhibitions and tributes that document the history and memorialize the nearly 3,000 people killed that day.

National Sep 11 Museum, NY
National September 11 Museum. Image source: www.911memorial.org.

Lord Cultural Resources provided Institutional Planning to define the concept of the Memorial Museum and plan for its programs, collections, facilities, structure and overall operations. We were also on the design team of the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta as museum planning consultants for the Visitor Center, and prepared a Business Plan.

Grand Egyptian Museum to Open by 2015

Construction is under way on main hall of new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) expected to open in August 2015 in Giza, Egypt. GEM will house the largest display of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world, including treasures from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The Museum lies on 117 acres of land (90,000 square meters) and is now in its third and final phase of construction, which began in January 2014. The construction costs of this phase alone approximated at $815 million. The last part of the massive construction project includes the museum’s main building as well as the landscape, parks and surrounding infrastructure.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has provided financial assistance and knowledge. Lord Cultural Resources is on the team of the joint venture between Hill International and EHAF Consulting Engineers to advise on design and tendering of the GEM exhibitions.

Giza Pyramids, Egypt
Pyramids in Giza. Image source: giza3d.3ds.com.

Learn more about pyramids in Giza. Visit the Giza website created by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and check out the interactive website to view Giza pyramids in 3D, created by Harvard University and Dassault Systèmes. The Giza Project is now based at Harvard University.

Lordculture Is Planning Consultant for Varosliget Budapest in Hungary

Liget Budapest
Liget Budapest Project. Photo: www.ligetbudapest.org.

The Museum of Fine Arts Budapest and the Városliget Zrt., owned by the Hungarian State, announced an architectural competition for the design of five museum buildings within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project. The five buildings will be located within the area of City Park Budapest (Városliget). The scope of work includes: construction of the new buildings, a complete renewal of the green area of the City Park, and renovation of the institutions already present. Liget Budapest will be one of Budapest’s leading tourist and cultural destinations and a unique family park. Lordculture has been assisting Varosliget in planning of the Museum of Ethnography and the New National Gallery & Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art.

In November 2013, Laure Colliex, Carolyne Krummenacker and Aline Mandai from Lordculture presented at the international workshop on Budapest's Liget cultural quarter planned for the City Park. Read more at www.ligetbudapest.org and www.szepmuveszeti.hu.

Making Way for the Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution, as envisioned by Robert A.M. Stern
The Museum of the American Revolution, as envisioned by Robert A.M. Stern. Image: http://www.ramsa.com.

The future Museum of the American Revolution (MoAR) is to be built at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, PA, just steps away from Independence Hall. The building, now on the site of the former Independence National Historical Park Visitor Center built in 1976, has been closed since 2002, and ownership was transferred to MoAR in 2010 through a land exchange. Demolition on the existing building is anticipated to begin in March 2014, and construction to begin during the summer of 2014. The museum building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, is scheduled to open in late 2016. The opening salvo of the Museum of the American Revolution took place on March 5. Lord Cultural Resources provided management consulting, facility planning and public programming services for the MoAR project.



Maria Piacente, Vice President, moderated the Educational Session entitled C2. Integrating Media — The Full 360º at the Canadian Museums Association's 67th National Conference "Future of Museums" on April 10, 2014, in Toronto.

Gail Lord, Co-President, will speak on the theme of Cultural Planning for Cities at the conference "Visions of the Future" organized by Leadership Nouveau (HEC Montreal) at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York on April 28-29, 2014.

Amy Kaufman, Managing Director, U.S., will present at the American Alliance of Museums' 2014 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo focused on "The Innovation Edge" on May 18–21, in Seattle, WA.

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