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.
Lordculture Is Planning Consultant for Varosliget Budapest in Hungary
Liget Budapest Project. Photo: www.ligetbudapest.org.
The Museum of Fine Arts Budapest and the Városliget Zrt., owned by the Hungarian State, announced an open, international, two-stage 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, well-known 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.
Read more at www.ligetbudapest.org.
Jan and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art Breaks Ground
See the video about the museum: "Art in the Making".
The Jan and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, CA, broke ground on March 1, 2014 at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for Performing Arts. Lord Cultural Resources developed the architectural program and advised on the design-build team selection process.
Read more at shremmuseum.ucdavis.edu.
B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center Opened on March 1
Witte Museum’s B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center. Image: www.wittemuseum.org.
The first phase of our client's project, the Witte Museum’s B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center, opened on March 1 in San Antonio, TX. The new B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center now offers permanent storage to 300,000 artifacts collected over 86 years. All objects are maintained under optimum temperature, humidity and light levels to safeguard them for future generations. Except for light-sensitive works on paper and textiles, most collection items are on constant view or in pull-out drawers enabling thousands of artifacts to be accessible to the public for the first time. The new Center includes the Orientation Gallery, San Antonio Express-News Reading Room, Peggy Walker Archives and the Texas Art Storage Gallery. Lord Cultural Resources was the exhibition designer, interpretive planner and space planner for the project.
Project News - Rosa Parks Apartment Museum
Every February, the United States and Canada commemorate Black History Month to honor the legacy of people of African descent, past and present. At Lord Cultural Resources, we honor these legacies every day. Just recently, the firm has been commissioned to complete a Strategic Feasibility Study for the conversion of the apartment and building where Civil Rights leader, Rosa Parks, once resided. From 1951-1957, Mrs. Parks resided at 632 Cleveland Court, a public housing community and during that time, played a pivotal role in the historically significant bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. To appropriately commemorate and honor Mrs. Parks, the Montgomery Housing Authority, is exploring the creation of a museum or other suitable alternative use for the building.
Rosa Parks on a Montgomery bus on December 21, 1956, the day Montgomery's public transportation system was legally integrated. Image: wikipedia.org.
Simultaneously, our firm is working with museum and heritage staff to commemorate the stories of people of African descent at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC; the National Urban League in New York; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York; Black Loyalist Heritage Society and Africville in Nova Scotia.
Making Way for the Museum of the American Revolution
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 will take place on March 5. Lord Cultural Resources provided management consulting, facility planning and public programming services for the MoAR project.
Gail Lord Quoted in an Article on Arts District in Vaughan
Gail Lord, Co-President, Lord Cultural Resources, was extensively quoted in an article by YorkRegion.com on development of an Arts District in the City of Vaughan, ON. Gail Lord facilitated the Working Session of the Vaughan City Council, and led the discussion on the development of a vibrant arts and culture scene in Vaughan. Gail stressed the importance of updating the Vaughan cultural plan, which would include consultation with the public to discuss the current trends in cultural planning and the ways and means of moving forward.
Read the article Vaughan receives expert advice on creating arts, culture hub and view the presentation How Cultural Planning Makes a Difference delivered by Gail Lord to Vaughan City Council.
Gail Lord, Co-President, will participate in a roundtable debate on "Institutions and artists, from interdependence to cooperation" as part of 2014 Forum d’Avignon Bilbao on March 6, 2014 (10:00 to 12:00) at AlhóndigaBilbao in Bilbao, Spain. The title of Gail's presentation is Artists, Patrons and the Public: How Culture Changes.
On March 11-14, 2014, Lordculture will attend the MIPIM Forum in Cannes, France, as co-organiser of the round table Masterminds Architecture: Flexible and Adaptable Architecture. Five architects will participate in the discussion: Mette Kynne Frandsen (Henning Larsen Architects), Dominique Perrault (Dominique Perrault Architecture), Prof. Ir. Winy Maas (MVRD), Mark Middleton (Grimshaw) and Auguste van Oppen (O+A strategies and architecture).
Catharine Tanner, Vice President, will present on "Miami Science Museum: From Vision to Cultural Cornerstone" and Ted Silberberg, Senior Principal, Market and Financial Planning, will talk about "The Importance of Accurate Attendance Projections to the Right Sizing and Sustainability of Building Projects" at the 2014 Building Museums Symposium in Miami, FL, on March 17, 2014. Please see the conference programme for details.
Gail Lord, Co-President, will discuss “How to plan and position museums in times of cultural change”, as part of the Opening Lecture at ICOM-Portugal Board Spring Meeting at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Sala 2, in Lisbon, Portugal on March 31, 2014 at 2:15 pm.
This year, ICOM-Portugal will focus the Spring Meeting on a relevant and timely theme: Planning Museums: Create Connections, Engage Society, Build a Cultural Vision for Development.
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.
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