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June 5, 2014
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.

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!

May 21, 2014
New 9/11 Museum Opens in New York

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 to the public on May 21, 2014 in New York. The opening followed a May 15 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.

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.

May 20, 2014
David Livingstone Centre Project Proceeds into Detailed Architectural Design

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.

May 12, 2014
Lord Cultural Resources and world renowned team awarded design of Canada's National Holocaust Monument

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.

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April 4, 2014
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.

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March 7, 2014
Making Way for the Museum of the American Revolution

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.

March 4, 2014
Lordculture Is Planning Consultant for Varosliget Budapest in Hungary

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.

March 3, 2014
Jan and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art Breaks Ground

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 or watch UC Davis' video on Art in the Making: 

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March 1, 2014
B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center Opened on March 1

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.

February 12, 2014
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