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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.



The Museum of AIDS in Africa

The Museum of AIDS in Africa is already a travelling pop-up exhibition
Photo: The Museum of AIDS in Africa is already a travelling pop-up exhibition. Image source: www.facebook.com/TheMuseumOfAidsInAfrica

The Museum of AIDS in Africa (MAA) aims to transform the individual and social response to the African AIDS epidemic by honouring those who have lost their lives, empowering those infected and affected, and building knowledge about the history, science and response to the pandemic, to support the ultimate goal of an Africa free from AIDS. The Museum of AIDS in Africa is working towards opening in a new dedicated building in South Africa. The MAA is already a travelling exhibit, a pop-up museum that was on display most recently at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Ngaire Blankenberg, Principal Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources, and Stephanie Nolen, a Canadian journalist and foreign correspondent at The Globe and Mail are co-founders of the Museum. Read more here.

World Architecture News Interview

Lord Cultural Resources was featured in the Interview section of the 15 July issue of News Review of World Architecture News. The full article is accessible here.

David Livingstone Centre Project Proceeds into Detailed Architectural Design

David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, UK
Photo: David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, UK.

The David Livingstone Centre is a biographical museum dedicated to the life and work of the explorer and missionary David Livingstone. In 2013, Lord Cultural Resources was commissioned to develop a Master Plan to redevelop the David Livingstone Centre as a sustainable, relevant and engaging destination in in Blantyre, UK. Our team developed a plan that identified a strong mission to take the Center into the 21st century and options for sustainable development and management of the site; formed the foundation of subsequent design briefs; and informed subsequent business planning. Lord Cultural Resources led the Master Plan with Gareth Hoskins Architects as our sub-contractors. The project is now proceeding into detailed architectural design.

Vision to regenerate the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre
Photo: Vision to regenerate the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, UK. Image source: Gareth Hoskins Architects.

New 9/11 Museum Opens

National Sep 11 Museum, NY
National September 11 Museum at ground zero, New York. Image source: www.911memorial.org.

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, opened its doors at ground zero, New York, May 15, for those most directly affected by the events of that day, nearly one week before opening on May 21, 2014 to the general public. The opening to the public followed the dedication ceremony and a six-day dedication period during which the museum stayed open 24 hours a day so that survivors, the families of victims, rescue and recovery workers, and neighborhood residents and business owners could preview the 110,000 square feet of exhibitions and tributes that document the history and memorialize the nearly 3,000 people killed that day.

Congratulations to the National September 11 Memorial Museum on successful opening!

Lord Cultural Resources was honored to work with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and an esteemed team of architects, designers and other professionals from 2004-2007 to develop the concept and facilities plan for the Memorial Museum.

Click on here for an online preview of the Museum.

ZOOM Children's Museum Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

ZOOM Kindermuseum (ZOOM Children’s Museum) is one of the largest and most important cultural establishments for children in Austria. Opened in 2001 in Vienna’s famed Museums Quartier, ZOOM offers trend-setting exhibits. Lord Cultural Resources completed the feasibility study and development plan for the Museum in 1993.

ZOOM Children’s Museum
Photo: ZOOM Children’s Museum. Image source: www.kindermuseum.at.

Today, ZOOM Children’s Museum is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with new and ambitious plans to open a satellite children’s museum in the new Weltmuseum in the Hofburg. Congratulations!

Read Gail Lord's article published in the Museum's commemorative book.

Chicago Plans Global Architecture Biennial for 2015

The City of Chicago has announced that in 2015 it will launch an international exhibition of cutting-edge architecture, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which will alternate years with the famed Venice Architecture Biennale.

Chicago, IL
Chicago architecture. Image source: Podas Info.
Photo By Jeff Schewe.

"One of the goals is to firmly cement Chicago's identity as a cultural destination," said Michelle Boone, commissioner of the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the agency working on the biennial. "We have all this here. We think it's time that the rest of the world knew it too."

One year ago, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the city's first Cultural Plan in over 25 years and the impact of the Plan, facilitated by Lord Cultural Resources and led by DCASE has been unprecedented. Gail Lord, Co-President of Lord commented: “I am thrilled that one of our key cultural planning recommendations -- the Chicago Architecture Biennial -- is being implemented. I explained to Mayor Emanuel that 'Chicago is to modern architecture what Florence is to the Renaissance' and he moved on it."

Read more in The Chicago Tribune's article.

Lord Cultural Resources and world renowned team awarded design of Canada's National Holocaust Monument

Rendering of Canada's National Holocaust Monument, Ottawa, ON
Photo: Rendering of Canada's National Holocaust Monument, Ottawa, ON.

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird, along with Minister of State (Multiculturalism) Tim Uppal announced on May 12, 2014, the awarding of the National Holocaust Monument National Design Competition to the team led by Lord Cultural Resources. The National Holocaust Monument, established through the National Holocaust Monument Act by the Government of Canada, will ensure a permanent, national symbol that will honour and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and recognize Canadian survivors. The Monument will stand in Ottawa, ON, symbolically located across from the Canadian War Museum. Lord Cultural Resources will lead the multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team that includes architect Daniel Libeskind, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, Quebec-based landscape architect Claude Cormier and University of Toronto Holocaust scholar Doris Bergen. Doris Bergen.
Read more and view photos.

Rendering of Canada's National Holocaust Monument, Ottawa, ON
Photo: Rendering of Canada's National Holocaust Monument, Ottawa, ON.

Click here to view the concept for LANDSCAPE OF LOSS, MEMORY AND SURVIVAL and press release.


Manual of Museum Exhibitions

Get our latest book Manual of Museum Exhibitions, 2nd edition, edited by Barry Lord and Maria Piacente, published by www.rowman.com. Drawing on years of experience and top-flight expertise, Barry Lord and Maria Piacente detail the exhibition process in a straightforward way that can be easily adapted by institutions of any size. They explore the exhibition development process in greater detail, providing the technical and practical methodologies museum professionals need today. Order now and get 30% DISCOUNT using the Promo Code: 4M14MME3.

Manual of Museum Exhibitions  Art and Energy

Art & Energy

The latest book by Barry Lord, Art & Energy, traces how the development of each new source of energy, from the prehistoric mastery of fire to renewable energy today, becomes a powerful engine of cultural change. This provocative, engrossing work will inspire all of us to look at art — and culture itself — from an entirely new perspective. Order now at the Alliance Bookstore or University of Chicago Press, or contact bookstore@aam-us.org / tel: (202) 218-7099.


Gail Lord, Co-President, will be speaking about "New museums in the 21st century", at the University of Toronto, ON, October 1, 2014 at 12:30pm.

Ngaire Blankenberg, Principal Consultant, and Muna Faisal Algurg, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, spoke on "Words that Heal: Lessons from a Pop-Up Exhibition" at MuseumNext conference in Newcastle Gateshead, UK, June 18-20.

Ngaire and Muna talking about wordsthatheal at MuseumNext, UK
Ngaire and Muna talking about #wordsthatheal at MuseumNext, UK.

Click here for the presentation and here for the video. Read an article "Dubai Culture highlights Al Maktoum Hospital Museum’s crowdsourcing initiative at ‘Museum Next’ " here.

Cultural Capital Spring 2014

Our Spring issue of Cultural Capital newsletter dedicated to Exhibitions is online.
Get the PDF version or read it online.

Cultural Capital Spring 2014

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