Culture and Art at the Retail Mall
Lordculture participated in MAPIC, the International Market for Retail Real Estate conference, on November 14, 2013 in Cannes, France. The event gathered thousands of retailers, investors, city representatives and developers. Content partner for MAPIC, Lordculture co-organized the conference panel on Pop-up culture? How culture and retail paradigms marry to attract shoppers that was moderated by Laure Confavreux Colliex, Executive Vice President. Laure spoke to how culture and art can be part of the retail mall experience and what's possible when culture meets commerce. She envisions a future in which real estate and retailers might become key stakeholders in financing culture. Read more about Laure's presentation at MAPIC here (on page 4).
CMHR Announces September 2014 Opening Date
Congratulations to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) who will open its doors to the world on September 20, 2014! The CMHR is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. It is the first national museum in Canada to be built outside the National Capital Region. Lord Cultural Resources has been involved in this project from the early stages and we are thrilled about the announcement. Read the press release in English and French.
Gail Lord Guest Speaker at Heritage Toronto Awards
Gail Lord, Co-President, was Guest Speaker at the 39th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards & William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture at the Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, on October 15, 2013. Gail spoke about Building Heritage with Innovation.
Video: Introductions and presentation by Gail Lord at the 39th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards & William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture.
Presenting Louvre Lens
A new branch of Musée du Louvre in Lens (Louvre Lens), Nord-Pas de Calais region, France, has been opened for five months and continues to be a great success. To date, Louvre Lens has received over 300,000 visitors and 4.5 rating on TripAdvisor.com.
Lordculture, comissioned by the Region Nord-Pas de Calais, worked with regional authorities and the Musée du Louvre to develop the concept, provide functional and interpretive planning, guide the architectural competition and project manage the exhibition design process for Louvre Lens. The Museum was designed by Sanaa in collaboration with Imrey Culbert and Catherine Mosbach. Adrien Gardère provided exhibit design.
Video: In Museum with... Adrien Gardère, museographer and exhibition designer with Lordculture’s Laure Confavreux Colliex and Carolyne Krummenacker.
Lordculture Cited in Journal des arts
Lordculture is working on the new strategic and business plan for the Collection Lambert in Avignon, France. On the occasion of this new project, we are cited in the November 1st issue of the Journal des arts.
Barry Lord Interviewed by an Australian Newspaper
Barry Lord, Co-President, has been interviewed by Phil Brown, The Courier-Mail newspaper in Australia. Our firm is working in Brisbane together with Cox Rayner Architects and urban planners Urbis to develop the Cultural Precinct Master Plan, a 20 year vision statement for South Bank area. Read the online article entitled "Cultural expert Barry Lord says South Bank needs children's art gallery or museum" or view the PDF of the print version.
One Year Anniversary of Chicago Cultural Plan Launch
Congratulations to the City of Chicago and Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs (DCASE)! One year ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched 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, on everyday Chicagoans has been unprecedented. Over half of the plan's 241 initiatives have been implemented, transforming major global events like the city's Taste of Chicago and attracting and leveraging support from major corporations and city agencies to strengthen neighborhood cultural access. This month Mayor Emanuel announced that the plan would receive a proposed $1.25 million in the City's 2014 budget.
Read related media articles City To Spend $1 Million On Great Chicago Fire Festival and $1M set aside for festival dedicated to Great Chicago Fire.
Barry Lord Wins Best Paper Award
Barry Lord, Co-President, won "Best Paper Award" for his research paper entitled Energy and Cultural Heritage: How Values Change from SCHeMa 2013: International Conference on Sustainable Cultural Heritage Management at the RomaTre University in Rome, Italy on October 11-12, 2013. The Scientific Committee presented Barry with the Award in recognition of the research paper quality, originality and significance in Cultural Heritage Management. Read Barry's research paper here.
Photo: Best Paper Award for Barry Lord's research paper Energy and Cultural Heritage: How Values Change
Buddha Smriti Park Museum Inaugurated
The newly constructed museum at the Buddha Smriti Park was inaugurated on September 13, 2013 in Bihar, India. This is probably the only museum on Buddhism, which tells the story of Buddha along with the art that Buddhism created.
It was inaugurated by the Honourable Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, and the Chief Guest of the event was the Princess of Bhutan, Princess Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuk. It was inaugurated on the event of the International Buddhist Conclave, and had Buddhist experts and monks attending from 39 countries. Congratulations to our Lord Cultural Resources project team who made it happen.
|Photo: Buddha Smriti Park Museum in Patna, Bihar, India|
World’s foremost architects compete to design Nobel Center in Stockholm
Over 140 architects were considered for the architectural competition to design Nobel Center at Blasieholmen in Stockholm, Sweden. On October 3, 2013, eleven renown architects, who were selected to compete, presented conceptual proposals for the architectural design of the Nobel Center – the new home of the Nobel Prize in Stockholm. The proposals explain how the new facility will relate to the surrounding urban and marine setting on the Blasieholmen peninsula and at Nybroviken, an inlet of the Baltic Sea.
Lordculture is honoured and delighted to participate in this prestigious competition as part of the 3XN Architects team. Read the press release, the announcement, and more details. View the competing architectural concepts here.
The Participating Architects are:
- Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN Architects, Denmark
- Bjarke Ingels, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group A/S, Denmark
- David Chipperfield, David Chipperfield Architects Gessellschaft von Architekten mbH, Germany
- Johan Celsing, Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden
- Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, France
- Lene Tranberg, Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter A/S, Denmark
- Marcel Meili and Markus Peter, Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten AG, Switzerland
- Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf, OMA, Netherlands
- Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA, Japan
- Kjetil Thorsen, Snøhetta Oslo A/S, Norway
- Gert Wingårdh, Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden
Image: Alexander Mahmoud. © Nobel Media. All rights reserved.
Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre Opens on July 3rd
The Grand Opening Ceremony of the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre took place on July 3, 2013. The new building and permanent exhibition opened to the public on July 4.
Manuels River Park is an internationally renowned geological park located in Conception Bay South, near St. John’s, NL. The new Interpretation Centre overlooking the site will be an attraction for residents and tourists alike. The Centre celebrates the geological and natural significance of the Manuels River and valley, acts as a gateway to the natural heritage resources of the Manuels River Linear Park, and serves as an orientation to the tourism opportunities in Newfoundland.
Lord Cultural Resources and Mystus Exhibits were hired to plan, design, fabricate and install the exhibits in the Centre, and to develop an audio guide system and brochure to provide visitors with information as they explore the Park. The Exhibits include a range of dynamic, interactive, educational and aesthetic displays that will impress visitors with the significant resources of Manuels River Park—its geology, landscape, flora and fauna, and use by humans.
Schedule of July Opening Events:
- Wednesday, July 3, 201 3– Invite Only event for the Board, Contributors, Government and Dignitaries
- Thursday, July 4, 2013 – Open Doors Day, the building will be open to the public and showcasing some of the programing that will be available.
- Friday, July 5, 2013 – Family program and activity in the afternoon (1-3pm, time not final) and evening campfire with marshmallows
- Saturday, July 6, 2013 – 23rd Annual Watch your Bobber Race Fundraiser
- Sunday, July 7, 2013 – Geocaching Adventure Day
Photo: Visitors at the Opening of the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre in Conception Bay South, near St. John’s, NL.
Visit the Manuels River park website at www.manuelsriver.com.
"Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey" Opens
A permanent exhibition entitled Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey opened at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) in Cedar Rapids, IA on June 15, 2013. Read more information on the opening activities on the Museum website.
Lord Cultural Resources provided the Visioning, Interpretive Planning, Content Coordination and Development, graphic templates and case layouts for the exhibition in cooperation with Xibitz, who are Project Managers and the fabricators of the exhibition.
Photo: Visitors at the Opening of the new exhibition Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML).
Visit Museum's website at www.ncsml.org.
"My History Museum" website wins bronze MUSE award
The My History Museum website created as part of a public engagement process for the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC) has won a bronze MUSE award in the category of "Digital communities" from the American Alliance of Museums.
Lord Cultural Resources is proud to have facilitated the development of the My History Museum website as a way to invite the participation of Canadians to the planning of a new permanent exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization – soon to become the Canadian History Museum.
MUSE awards are given to projects from around the world.
“We are absolutely delighted with the award. Working with the museum staff to create the My History Museum campaign has re-confirmed for us that opening the doors to public participation is an integral part of any planning process,” says Gail Lord, Co-President of Lord Cultural Resources. “The CMC wanted to affirm to Canadians wherever they may be that this is their museum and the web combined with face-to-face meetings did this."
Between October 2012 and February 2013, the My History Museum website invited comment and ideas to questions such as: What artifacts would you put in your national history museum? What stories would you tell? How would you reach Canadians from across the country? Canadians embraced the project, leaving comments and suggestions and voting on their favourite objects, important historical events, and personalities. As suggestions were made, the site was enriched with new content and images based on the input of visitors.
“Teachers and young people were particularly receptive to the website but a diverse cross-section of people left comments and ‘voted’, ” says Ngaire Blankenberg, Project Manager for Lord Cultural Resources. “We worked to create a graphic identity and forms of interaction that were not barriers for those who didn’t feel confident about their knowledge of Canadian history,” she says. “We wanted to make it a fun invitation, not a school exam.”
The My History Museum website was part of a broader consultation process that included face to face meetings, panel discussions, and activities in public spaces like airports, libraries, and shopping malls.
Image: "My History Museum" website at www.civilization.ca/myhistorymuseum
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum Reopens
A brand new permanent exhibition and visual identity for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum (IRCM) were launched in April. The new permanent exhibition entitled The Humanitarian Adventure aims to trace the major stages of humanitarian history before and after the creation of the Red Cross. A competition to design the new scenography for the permanent exhibition was launched with the assistance of Lordculture in 2010. Nine international architect/scenographer firms were invited to take part. The jury selected three internationally acclaimed architects: Gringo Cardia from Brazil, Diébédo Francis Kéré from Burkina Faso and Shigeru Ban from Japan. Coordination of the overall master plan and the work of the three winning architects, as well as the redevelopment of the common spaces and the new temporary exhibition room were entrusted to atelier oï from Switzerland.
Image: The tree of messages at the new permanent exhibition. Photo by www.redcrossmuseum.ch.
President of the Chinese Museums Association Speaks at the ROM
On May 23, 2013, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in collaboration with Lord Cultural Resources hosted Mr. Song Xinchao, President of the Chinese Museums Association and Deputy Director-General for State Administration of Culture Heritage, The People's Republic of China. During his one-day stay in Toronto, Mr. Song visited the ROM and made a presentation on the current unprecedented growth of Chinese museums. Mr. Song also spoke about the fascinating, rapid, and dynamic progress of museum sector in his country. View his presentation here.
Launch of Wind River Virtual Museum of Ancestral Artifacts
The Wind River Virtual Museum aims to provide members of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes of the Wind River Reservation in Central Wyoming a vehicle to retain their cultural heritage, as the numbers of tribal elders are diminishing. The virtual museum also attempts to give next generation of tribal members and the general public a way to learn about the heritage of these two tribes.
Watch the documentary Lived History: The Story of the Wind River Virtual Museum, which premiered on Wyoming PBS on May 14, 2013, produced by Alpheus Media in association with Lord Cultural Resources.
Video: Lived History: The Story of the Wind River Virtual Museum. Video broadcast on Wyoming PBS.
UC Davis Selects Architectural Team To Create An Art Museum For The 21st Century
The architectural design has been selected for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. The selected design is the "Grand Canopy," which was shaped by architect SO – IL, with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson as the architect of record and Whiting-Turner as the building contractor. Congratulations to the selected architects!
Video: A new model for museums: Architect discusses vision for The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art
Bergamo European Capital of Culture 2019
The March 14, 2013 press conference officially launched the work of the international team composed of Lord Cultural Resources with Italian partner Federica Olivares to develop the candidacy of Bergamo (Italy) to become European Capital of Culture in 2019. Lord Cultural Resources is developing the concept for the candidacy of Bergamo and the creation of a rich program of events between 2013 and 2019. Read it in Italian here.
Gail and Barry Lord, Co-Presidents, and Javier Jimenez, Senior Consultant, participated in the inauguration of "The Cultural Embassy of Europe" an initiative of Bergamo's candidature to be Cultural Capital of Europe in 2019. The "Embassy" is a space on Bergamo's historic Piazza Vecchio where people of Bergamo can meet and discuss cultural change with colleagues from throughout Europe. Read more in Italian here and here.
Please visit Bergamo's Candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2019 website for a list of cultural events.
Image: The Bergamo 2019 team. Video: Federica Olivares speaks about Bergamo's candidacy.
When Museum Planning Leads to Excellence
The director of the Natural History Museum of Utah, Sarah B. George has received the prestigious Building Museums “Buildy” Award in recognition of her exemplary accomplishments leading the Museum through the challenging process of creating new museum space. Lord Cultural Resources has provided master planning and business planning with a focus on the Museum's expansion plan and the visitor experience since 1994. Congratulations to Dr. Sarah B. George!
Image: The Natural History Museum of Utah’s new building, The Rio Tinto Center; newsdesk.nhmu.utah.edu.