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CMHR announces September 2014 opening date

Museum, tourism, business partners set to welcome surge of visitors

CMHR press release, 4 November 2013


WINNIPEG, MB – "November 4, 2013 – The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) will open its doors to the world on September 20, 2014, its President and CEO announced today at a briefing with industry partners. “A national project of this scope and scale comes along just once in a generation,” Stuart Murray said. “When the doors of this building open next September, it will be a historic moment for Canada and a proud day for Manitoba, as we welcome visitors from across the country and around the world.” " [see also Le MCDP annonce sa date d’ouverture : en septembre 2014, CMHR, 4 novembre 2013]


Six finalist teams for National Holocaust Monument announced

Canadian Architect, October 28, 2013


GATINEAU, QUEBEC – "The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the six teams that were chosen as finalists in a national design competition to create concepts for the future National Holocaust Monument, which will be built in the heart of Canada’s capital, at the corner of Booth and Wellington streets, near the Canadian War Museum. “The future National Holocaust Monument will honour the Canadian victims and survivors of the Holocaust,” said Minister Glover. “Canada is an extraordinary, welcoming country, and we are all responsible for ensuring that the Holocaust continues to have a permanent place in our national consciousness and memory.” “Canada remembers the suffering of the millions of innocent victims of the Holocaust,” said Minister Baird. “This monument will preserve their memory and also educate visitors of all faiths and traditions about the causes and risks of hate. I am proud that this memorial will stand at the heart of our country, right here in the nation’s capital.” "
[see also National Holocaust Monument – Six finalists invited to develop design concepts, Government of Canada press release, 24 October 2013]


Cultural expert Barry Lord says South Bank needs children's art gallery or museum

The world's leading cultural planner says the South Bank cultural precinct needs a dedicated children's art gallery or museum to make it more attractive to families.

couriermail.com.au, 25 October 2013


BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – "Toronto-based Barry Lord, 74, president of the world-renowned Lord Cultural Resources has worked with global icons such as the Smithsonian Institution, the Louvre, the Tate Modern and The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain. He is in Brisbane this week to get the ball rolling on the State Government's $350,000 Cultural Precinct Master Plan and yesterday said one of the priorities should be a special venue just for kids. "All the institutions here are already doing great work with children but when you have a dedicated facility that says - we're here just for children - that makes a difference," Mr Lord said." [see also New Master Plan for Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct, Sourceable, 3 November 2013 and Lord’s Vision Splendid, Courier Mail, 25 October 2013]


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Un nouveau chapitre pour la Collection Lambert

Le Journal des Arts, 1 novembre 2013


AVIGNON, FRANCE – « La donation du galeriste et l’extension des lieux ouvrent une nouvelle page de la Collection Lambert qui va se délocaliser pendant dix-huit mois pendant les travaux d’agrandissement. Avec la promesse de don à l’État de 560 d’œuvres d’art contemporain du galeriste Yvon Lambert, la Collection Lambert va ouvrir une nouvelle page de son histoire. Les travaux d'aménagement débuteront en janvier 2014. D’ici la fin du chantier prévu pour l’été 2015, les expositions se tiendront dans l’ancienne prison Sainte-Anne. »


City Defends Cost of Next Year's Great Chicago Fire Festival

chicagoist.com, 31 October 2013


CHICAGO, IL "Back in March the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced a planned “Great Chicago Fire Festival” in October 2014, another of Mayor Emanuel’s attempts to showcase Chicago as a—wait for it—”world class city.” On paper it’s an ambitious festival. DCASE is partnering with Redmoon Theatre (which knows a few things about planning public art projects across the city) on the project, which would culminate in a procession of illuminated floating fiberglass sculptures and a fire spectacle along the Chicago River’s main branch."

[see also City To Spend $1 Million On Great Chicago Fire Festival, Progress Illinois, 31 October 2013 and $1M set aside for festival dedicated to Great Chicago Fire, WGNtv.com, 31 October 2013]


Queens Museum undergoes $69M renovation — and rebranding

Queens Museum of Art loses its surname as it seeks to become a must-see cultural destination.

NY Daily News, 30 October 2013


NEW YORK, NY "You can take the “art” out of the Queens Museum, but can you take the tourists out of Manhattan? The Queens Museum of Art has officially truncated its name to the Queens Museum, the symbolic portion of a $69 million transformation to hopefully remake itself into a must-see cultural destination. The cash, much of it from the city, will allow the museum to double its exhibition space, adding artists studios and a public library to its site in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It reopens on Nov. 9 with its new facilities and new name. Museum officials are thinking big."


Council takes first look at Recreation and Culture Master Plan

Brice Roy/ Lacombe Globe

lacombeglobe.com, 24 October 2013


LACOMBE, AB "Rest assured citizens of Lacombe, it appears that your city will continue to foster a tremendous amount of athletic and artistic talent. On Oct. 15 Lacombe city council got its first look at the Recreation and Culture Master Plan (RCP), which will guide the municipality on how it invests its resources. “This document will assist us in many ways, but most importantly it comments on the service delivery styles and considerations that we would be thinking about in the coming years around programming,” said Norma McQuarie, CAO. “It will also certainly be quite helpful when it comes to planning for infrastructure.” A large portion of the consulting process for the RCP led by RC Strategies was through citizen input. More than 600 residents responded to a survey asking which projects they felt were a priority for the city."


Enrico Lunghi: toujours l’incertitude

Luxemburger Wort, 24 octobre 2013


LUXEMBOURG – « Les administrateurs ont décidé d'attendre les conclusions complètes d'un rapport d'analyse demandé à la société Lordculture cet été pour évaluer le travail d'Enrico Lunghi. »


Tadao Ando rounds off triplet of Venetian schemes for Francois Pinault Foundation

WAN, 14 October 2013


VENICE, ITALY – "Should you find yourself in Venice this autumn, you would do well to stop by the home of the Francois Pinault Foundation. The organisation recently celebrated the completion of a trio of architecture projects by Tadao Ando which have restored a series of existing buildings and adapted their shells for the public display of the Foundation's comprehensive art collection. In 2006, the organisation purchased and restored Palazzo Grassi, swiftly followed by a similar scheme involving the Punta della Dogana in 2009. Recently, the trio of restorations was completed by Teatrino, a multimedia venue for the visual arts as part of a refurbishment project by Japanese architect Tadao Ando."


Holy Angels future use study contract awarded

Cape Breton Post, 10 October 2013


SYDNEY, NS – "New Dawn Enterprises has awarded the contract for the Holy Angels future use study to Lord Cultural Resources. The study, comprised of community consultations, architectural assessments and a sustainability plan, will begin immediately. “We were overwhelmed by the calibre of the responses to our call for expressions of interest,” Erika Shea, speaking on behalf of New Dawn, said in a news release. “Our task was not an easy one and we are grateful for the advice provided by our team of dedicated community advisors. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Lord and look forward to the information and insight they will help us to gather.” "


Five Essentials of Strategic Planning

A culture of strategic planning can provide a framework for aligning priorities, making decisions, allocating resources, and measuring impact.

Stanford Social Innovation Review, 7 October 2013


PENSYLVANNIA, USA – "Strategic planning is not just a functional exercise. It means the difference between being a struggling nonprofit and an innovative, cause-driven organization changing the world. Creating a culture that believes in planning is paramount not just to survive a project, but to thrive long after the project is complete. Strategic planning takes ideas, inspiration, and down-in-the-dirt hard work to make transformations. As discussed in Dana O’Donovan and Noah Rimland Flower’s Stanford Social Innovation article, “The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy,” today strategy must break free from a static plan that just sits on the shelf; it must become more adaptive and directive. A number of nonprofit organizations have developed successful strategic plans that inform both their current activities and their long-term vision—notable ones include The Brooklyn Public Library, American Kidney Fund, and Habitat for Humanity International. At Longwood Gardens, strategic planning helped our organization grow from a working farm in the 1700s to one of the best-in-class horticultural display gardens in the world—a place that aims to inspire its more than 1 million annual visitors through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts."


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Army Heritage Center named a Smithsonian Affiliate

The Associated Press, 31 October 2013


PENSYLVANNIA, USA "A military historical museum in central Pennsylvania has been named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle said Wednesday that it's the first U.S. Army museum or historical organization to join the select group of museums and cultural institutions. Smithsonian Affiliation offers museums, educational and cultural organizations the opportunity to have access to Smithsonian collections and resources."


Poland’s new Jewish museum to celebrate

The Olathe News, 30 October 2013


WARSAW, POLAND "In the heart of the former Warsaw ghetto, where Jews rebelled against their German oppressors 70 years ago, Poland is unveiling a new museum to commemorate 1,000 years of Jewish life and culture. Yet the $100 million Museum of the History of Polish Jews, whose gala inauguration Friday is timed to coincide with the anniversary of that uprising, is not meant to be another museum to the Nazi Holocaust. While one major gallery will be devoted to the mass killings of World War II that turned Poland into the primary killing ground for European Jews, seven others will show the history of Jews in this region starting from their migration in the 10th century. “It is not another museum of the Holocaust. It is a museum of life,” said Sigmund Rolat, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who chairs the museum’s North American council."


Government shutdown cost Smithsonian nearly $3m

Institution estimates revenue lost during the two weeks its museums were forced to close

The Art Newspaper, 28 October 2013


WASHINGTON, DC "The 16-day federal government shutdown cost the Smithsonian an estimated $2.8m in lost sales and around 800,000 visitors, according to a statement from the institution. The bipartisan Senate agreement that ended the shutdown last week will provide back pay for all furloughed federal workers, including 3,512 Smithsonian employees. It will take months for the Obama administration to calculate the impact of the shutdown on the entire US economy, but some economists have put the cost at over $3bn. The Smithsonian’s $2.8m figure estimates lost revenue from cafeterias, gift shops and theatres at the institution’s 19 museums and the National Zoo. (Admission fees were not a factor because entry to all Smithsonian museums is free.)"


Beyer Blinder Belle transforms maritime complex into Red Star Line Museum

WAN, 28 October 2013


ANTWERP, BELGIUM "Eight years in the making, the Red Star Line Museum opened in Antwerp, Belgium on 28 September. A European counterpart to New York’s Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the museum is housed in a former maritime complex of three brick buildings that have been restored and updated by New York architect Beyer Blinder Belle to house spaces for interpretive exhibits, areas for quiet contemplation, and a resource center, as well as support functions."


Bait al Zubair Museum to open - Gallery Sarah' 

Menafn.com, 27 October 2013


MUSCAT, OMAN "In memory of Sarah White who was arts advisor and museum director at Bait al Zubair Museum, a new gallery, which adjoins the museum, will be officially opened on October 30 at 7pm. Named Gallery Sarah' in honour of her life's work and contribution to the Omani art and culture space, the gallery is the first of its kind in Oman, and will house a range of Omani paintings and photographs. Gallery Sarah' will offer a comprehensive array of paintings and a huge collection of photographs which can be purchased and framed at the gallery. The new gallery will be a shining beacon for the growing arts movement in the sultanate and will support the cause of young artists within the emerging art scene. The new gallery will act as a window to Oman by showcasing local artist to the world and will also host international artists."


Ontario Science Centre and Science North confirm partnership with Chinese science museums

Attractions Management, 25 October 2013


TORONTO, ON "The Ontario Science Centre and Science North, with the financial backing of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, have formerly announced a partnership with two major science museums in China in order to expand their reach in the Asian markets. The partnership sees an affiliation confirmed in the formation of the Ontario Science Centre, Science North and the China Science and Technology Museum, located in Chaoyang District, Beijing and also in the establishment of the Ontario Science Centre, Science North and the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, located in Pudong New District, Shanghai."


Works halted in ancient Troy but museum still on the way

The construction of the Troy Museum continues but tor the first time in many years, the ancient city did not host any excavation teams this season after German excavators abandoned their work

Hurriyet Daily News, 25 October 2013


TURKEY "Excavation works have stopped in the ancient city of Troy after German excavation teams left the area. The ancient city is located within the borders of Tevfikiye village in the northwestern province of Çanakkale and sheds light on a history of 5,000 years. Five different archaeologists have worked in the ancient city for 150 years and for the first time this year, the city was not excavated. The first excavations started in the ancient city in 1863 by British archaeologist Frank Calvert. He revealed the Hisarlik Tepe during the works. German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann found treasures in the ancient city but he smuggled the treasures in 1873. However, he continued excavations until he died in 1890."


Quand la cuisine entre au musée

Artaujourd’hui.info, 24 octobre 2013


PARIS, FRANCE – « La cuisine est un art [...]Voici, à l’Ecole des beaux-arts de Paris, une sélection comprenant Alleno, Bottura ou Scabin, dont les œuvres sont décortiquées comme le seraient celles de maîtres anciens, à partir d’esquisses et de dessins préparatoires... »


Work on Memorial Museum for Freedom Fighters kicks off

The New Indian Express, 22 October 2013


INDIA "After two years of search for a suitable piece of land, construction of the Freedom Fighters’ Memorial Museum has finally started at Gouri Sankar Sahani Park here. The park, spread over 1.28 acres of land, is being developed by the Sambalpur Development Authority (SDA) along the Ring Road. Besides the museum, a library and an open air auditorium with a gallery to accommodate 200 people will come up in the park. The Road and Building (R&B) Department has been entrusted the construction work while Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) has sanctioned Rs 1.05 crore for the purpose."


Norway returns Inuit artifacts to Arctic Canadian community

Alaska Dispatch, 22 October 2013


NUNNAVUT, CANADA "People in Gjoa Haven, a community in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, are celebrating the official opening of the Nattilik Heritage Center today, the new home for a number of Inuit artifacts taken from the area by a Norwegian explorer in the last century. Along with displays showing traditional Inuit living, as well as soapstone and ivory carvings, the center houses items such as traditional oil lamps, harpoons and snow knives collected by Roald Amundsen in the early 1900s. They were held for the last century at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, Norway. Tom Svensson, a retired anthropologist from that museum, made the trip to Gjoa Haven to officially return some of those artifacts."


Czech Republic’s first 3D planetarium to launch next month

Leisure Opportunities, 17 Oct 2013


PLZEN, CZECH REPUBLIC "Work on the Czech Republic’s first 3D planetarium has been completed at the Techmania Science Centre in Plzen, with an opening date of 4 November. The planetarium, which cost CZK150m (£4.95m, US$7.98m, €5.8m) to build will include two large domes for education, a laboratory, workshops and clubs, and is housed inside the heritage listed ASAP Skoda cafeteria, built in 1917. “We have rebuilt a dilapidated building into an ultramodern planetarium where visitors can have the opportunity to learn about physics and astronomy in a fun way,” said Jiri Vlasak of Techmania."


Somalia: First Somali Cultural Museum in North America Set to Open

All Africa, 17 October 2013


MINNEAPOLIS, MN "North America's first Somali museum dedicated to the country's culture and history will celebrate a grand opening this weekend in Minneapolis. The Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum will be the first museum of its kind outside of Somalia. Many of the country's museums were destroyed in the civil war. The museum is the longtime vision of Minneapolis restaurant owner Osman Ali, who went back to Somalia in 2009 and realized many young people no longer understood the country's nomadic traditions. "And I said, the culture is going to be lost," said Ali."


Building starts on museum dedicated to Polish righteous gentiles

JTA, 7 October 7, 2013


POLAND "Construction has begun on a museum in Poland dedicated to Poles who saved Jews during World War II. The cost of building in the southeastern Poland village of Markowa is estimated at $1.8 million. Construction is being financed by Poland and the Subcarpathian region. The museum is scheduled to open in 2014. Stories will be presented on events that took place in the Subcarpathian region. The museum also plans to include exhibits on Polish-Jewish relations before and after the war. In 1944, the Nazis murdered eight Jews in Markowa from the Szall and Goldman families, and the entire Ulma family who was hiding them — Jozef and Wiktoria along with their six children. In 1995, Jozef and Wiktoria Ulma were honored as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem."


Clearing the Misrata War Museum

The impact of war is still visible in Misrata, where the "Martyrs' Museum" provides a vivid reminder of the suffering Libya’s third largest city endured in 2011.

MAG, 2 October 2013


MISRATA, LIBYA "The north-western city of Misrata was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting during the Libyan revolution, besieged by forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi during three months of bombardment. When Gaddafi’s forces fled, they left many of their weapons, ammunition and equipment behind. A group of young volunteers started gathering these munitions along the popular Tripoli Street, in order to display the arsenal to passers-by as a reminder of what the city endured. This is how the Martyrs' Museum, also known as the Misrata War Museum, was born."


Arts patron donates $5 million toward new WSU art museum

The Seattle Times, 1 October 2013


SEATTLE, WA "The president of a Portland commercial real estate company has donated $5 million toward an effort by Washington State University to build a new museum of art on the school’s Pullman campus. The donation comes from Jordan Schnitzer, president of Harsch Investment Properties and a collector of contemporary fine art prints. Including Schnitzer’s gift, WSU has raised $9 million for the museum. It has launched a public campaign to raise an additional $6 million."


George Lucas: Just Let Me Build My Museum Already

Mashable, 1 October 2013


USA "He may have retired and sold his Star Wars franchise nearly a year ago, but George Lucas isn't done building his legacy yet. In fact, the most lasting part may be yet to come. Lucas has been planning for years to build a Cultural Arts Museum, celebrating CGI and other digital arts alongside the storytelling paintings he's collected over his career (Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, et al.). He says the museum was part of the deal when he moved Lucasfilm into the Presidio, San Francisco's national park, in 2005. "


Chile to Honor Firefighters With Museum

On Saturday, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera attended the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Santiago Fire Department (Cuerpo de Bomberos de Santiago, CBS) in the city’s main square, the Plaza de Armas. At the ceremony, the President announced the construction of an institutional museum, part of the Bicentenary Legacy Project.

ilovechile.com, 30 September 2013


CHILE, SANTIAGO "After a tour of department headquarters, where he observed firefighter exercises and the changing of the flag, the President announced that the government will contribute the resources necessary to fulfill a long-standing aspiration, “which is to have a true museum for the Santiago Fire Department,” he said. In addition, he said, “this new museum, which will have immeasurable heritage value, will exhibit the old equipment, such as we have seen working today, and the building’s interior will be a plaza open to the public, with permanent access from Santo Domingo with a connection to the Museum of History. This will enable us to understand the department’s true contribution, sacrifice, heroism and commitment throughout the years.” "


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Singapore Investors Back New York Tower

The $1.3 Billion Project Contains Space for Museum of Modern Art

The Wall Street Journal, 29 October 2013


NEW YORK, NY "A prominent Singapore real estate family backed by a group of Asian banks is providing more than $1 billion to revive plans to build one of Manhattan's tallest skyscrapers and new gallery space for the Museum of Modern Art. The billionaire Kwee family, which controls property developer Pontiac Land Group, is making an equity investment of about $300 million in the metal and glass tower designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, according to people briefed on the deal."
[see also NYC Museum of Modern Art Condos Get Singapore Investor, Bloomberg.com, 30 October 2013]


Pavilions for Shanghai West Bund Biennial created by schmidt hammer lassen architects in just three months

WAN, 25 October 2013


SHANGHAI, CHINA "From 19 October until 19 December, the waterfront in Shanghai will burst into life as the city celebrates the fields of architecture, art and theatre with the Shanghai West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art. As part of this two-month festival, Danish architects schmidt hammer lassen were invited to design a usable art installation and a series of support facility pavilions which are now being explored by local visitors."


BIG-led consortium completes Danish National Maritime Museum in Helsingør

WAN, 21 Ocober 2013


HELSINGOR, DENMARK "Known to literary buffs as Elsinore in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Kronborg Castle in the Danish city of Helsingør is a UNESCO World Heritage site which is currently undergoing a 3-pronged renovation and redevelopment scheme involving the creation of two new buildings. One of these new additions is the Danish National Maritime Museum by Bjarke Ingels Group with Kossmann.dejong, Rambøll, Freddy Madsen and KiBiSi. Opened by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II earlier this month, the 6,000 sq m development explores Denmark’s rich maritime history in a variety of ways to engage with a large cross section of visitors."


Student-designed Visitor Center for Stavros Niarchos Foundation now open in Athens

WAN, 9 October 2013


ATHENS, GREECE "Renzo Piano’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is currently under construction in Athens, blending together a new home for the Greek National Opera, the 170,000 sq m Stavros Niarchos Park, and the headquarters of the National Library of Greece. Due to complete in 2015, the glass-rich design is slowly becoming a reality and this week, the SNFCC announced the official opening of a Visitor Center to educate the public about its immense €566m scheme. The Visitor Center was designed by two Greek architecture students - Agis-Panagiotis Mourelatos and Spyridon Giotakis - and selected from a plethora of entries by the architect behind the SNFCC, Renzo Piano. The significantly-smaller Visitor Center speaks directly to Piano’s design, using large amounts of clear glass with an overhanging roof structure."


Creative hub inspired by Libyan Revolution opens in Tripoli, courtesy of Libya Design

WAN, 9 October 2013


TRIPOLI, LIBYA "Libya Design, together with Allabina and HudHud, has completed a modest creative hub in the Libyan city of Tripoli. Opened in June 2013, the 140 sq m facility is now a thriving cultural base bringing together local artists to exhibit their work, express their ideas and socialise in an informal environment. Costing just £99,600 to complete, the build was inspired by the Libyan Revolution of 2011, as Chairman and Co-Founder of Libya Design Walid El-Turki explains: “Doshma is an architectural response to a country’s struggle.”  As such, the team has used the same materials and welding processed used to build defences by the Libyans, selecting their construction materials to ‘reflect the spirit of the revolution in their ‘back to basics’ approach’."


Controversy builds as footage emerges of 'completed' Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

WAN, 7 October 2013


BARCELONA, SPAIN "Jordi Fauli, the latest in a long line of architects working on the iconic Sagrada Familia, has made the bold prediction that Gaudí’s unfinished ‘cathedral of the poor’ will be completed by 2026. A video simulation issued by the Sagrada Familia Foundation shows how awe-inspiring Barcelona’s most famous landmark would finally look if he and his team succeed. The push for completion in 2026 is aimed to coincide with the centennial of the death of Antoni Gaudí. So impoverished was the architect and sculptor that when he was run over by a tram aged 74, people thought he was a tramp. It was the end of a chapter, but it certainly wasn’t the end of the story."


Auckland Art Gallery wins WAF Building of the Year 2013

Archilovers, 7 October 2013


AUCKLAND, AUSTRALIA – "The prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013 has crowned Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand, designed by Austrialian office fjmt | francis-jones morehen thorp and New Zealand architects archimedia winner of the 'World Building of the Year award'."


National Maritime Museum of China wins Future Project of the Year 2013

Dezeen, 5 October 2013


TIANJIN, CHINA – “World Architecture Festival 2013: the Future Project of the Year award at the World Architecture Festival has been given to a museum for China's maritime heritage, proposed in Tianjin. Brisbane studio Cox Rayner Architects' waterside scheme consists of five halls that radiate out to the harbour, which will each contain different exhibitions.”


ZhongRong Group and Arup unveil plans to rebuild treasured British cultural site

WAN, 4 October 2013


LONDON, UK – "A Chinese real-estate development firm has pledged £500m of investment to rebuild the Victorian Crystal Palace, a glittering heritage form that was originally constructed in 1851 for the Great Exhibition in London. The glass-rich original structure was designed for Hyde Park by Joseph Paxton and relocated to the borough of Bromley following the Great Exhibition where, after many years of public use, it burnt to the ground in a remarkable fire in 1936 which was possible to view from 8 counties. The first Crystal Palace was constructed using the cast plate glass method and wowed visitors with the vast amount of natural light that illuminated its cavernous interior spaces. ZhongRong Group intends to reconstruct this treasured development as closely to the original design as possible given modern security, safety and sustainability standards."


Grande-Bretagne: un groupe chinois prêt à reconstruire le Crystal Palace

Le Parisien, 3 Octobre 2013


LONDRES, UK – « Une société chinoise a annoncé jeudi un projet de 600 millions d'euros destiné à reconstruire l'emblématique Crystal Palace de Londres, bâti pour l'exposition universelle de 1851 et considéré à l'époque comme la plus grande structure de verre au monde. »


Inauguration of final phase of Moshe Safdie's Skirball Cultural Campus due on 19 October

WAN, 1 October 2013


LOS ANGELES, CA "The fourth and final expansion of the Skirball Cultural Center will be inaugurated on 19 October, 2013, marking the completion of a 30-year campus plan for one of the nation’s leading Jewish cultural institutions. The project represents the fulfillment of a shared vision between Uri D. Herscher, Skirball Founding President and CEO; the late philanthropist Jack H. Skirball (1896-1985); and architect Moshe Safdie, who together stood at the base of a barren hill in Los Angeles three decades ago and envisioned a place of meeting inspired by the parallels between Jewish values and American democratic ideals. The adjoining new buildings, Herscher Hall and Guerin Pavilion, will complete the Skirball’s 15-acre campus, which currently encompasses museum galleries and performance spaces, conference and event facilities, classrooms, courtyards, and gardens. The expansion will accommodate growing public demand for the institution’s resources by creating a new large-scale venue for its educational, cultural, civic, and community functions. "


Dominican monastery transformed into congress and cultural centre by ENOTA

WAN, 1 October 2013


PTUJ, SLOVENIA "An insightful adaptive reuse scheme is underway in Ptuj, Slovenia at the site of a former Dominican monastery. The 800-year-old building has been graciously transformed into a congress and cultural centre while many layers of history within its boundaries havev been preserved. Restoration works will continue now that the public areas of the building have been reopened. Over the years, this former monastery and church have seen a wide variety of uses from hospital care and social housing to museum exhibitions. This most recent move looks to protect the centuries of past use through considered restorative procedures and return the site to a use close to its original function (monasteries were once used as cultural and scientific centres)."


Serpentine Sackler Gallery by Zaha Hadid photographed by Luke Hayes

dezeen magazine, 27 September 2013


LONDON, UK "Here's a full set of photographs of Zaha Hadid's new extension to the Serpentine Gallery, which features a glazed restaurant with an undulating fabric roof (+ slideshow). Located five minutes walk from the main gallery building in London's Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery opened earlier this week. Exhibition spaces occupy a renovated nineteenth century munitions store, while the restaurant is housed in a new structure that curves out from one side. "The idea here was to use a new material - a tensile structure - and to look at domes and a shell structure to achieve a lightweight contemporary project," said Zaha Hadid at the launch."


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Architecture Students Create Unique Museum Displays for Archaeological Finds

Asian Correspondent, 29 October 2013


OXFORD, UK "OB1 LIVE, first year students in the School of Architecture who undertake real life design projects, have collaborated with the Pitt Rivers Museum and the East Oxford Archaeology and History Project (Archeox) to explore the connection between Architecture and Archaeology and the rigid preconceptions of museum display cases. Traditionally, valuable archaeological objects are displayed in plain glass cases or hidden drawers that can only be accessed by professionals in white gloves. "


The BIM revolution must begin with manufacturers

Tony Ryan: Divisional Building Technology Manager at Kingspan Insulated Panels

WAN, 28 October 2013


UNITED KINGDOM "Everywhere you look, people are talking about Building information modeling (BIM). In fact, it’s fair to say that awareness of BIM and its forthcoming impact on the construction industry is very high. That’s hardly surprising; when the UK government announced the use of BIM would be mandatory for all public sector projects from 2016, it created a powerful incentive for AEC professionals working in the UK to get educated on BIM, and fast. But it does raise the question; how do we get from high awareness to high adoption of BIM, and whose responsibility is it to drive this change?"


Disney creates on-screen textures

Leisure Opportunities, 23 October 2013


USA "Disney could soon transform the mobile technology sector after its research department announced the development of a way to allow users to feel textures on a screen. The technology uses tactile rendering of 3D features and textures, with varying frictions on a touchscreen creating the perception of a 3D bump without actually altering the screen’s surface as the user runs their fingers along it. The development is the culmination of two types of technology working together to create the necessary friction on-screen. Researchers have used electro vibrations to create a form of electrostatic force that creates the friction, which is then used in partnership with a specific algorithm which creates the required friction based on what’s being demanded by the visuals displayed on the screen."


Smithsonian SITES: Romare Bearden Apps

GuideOne is proud to present the Romare Bearden Apps in collaboration with the Smithsonian SITES traveling exhibition service.



guideonemobile.com, 22 October 2013


USA "The audio guide app includes expert interviews, commentary and storytelling to help visitors dive into the multiple themes that Bearden brought together in this re-creation of Homer's epic poem through watercolors and collages. The audio tour also features original music by DJ Spooky as well as musical selections from Brandford Marsalis. This app was recognized by Computerworld as a 2013 Laureate of The Computerworld Honors Program. The iPad app, “Black Odyssey Remixes” is a collage app designed as a companion activity for the exhibition, and allows users to remix and create their own versions of Bearden's collages. The flow is streamlined so that users can experience making a collage in a short amount of time and learn about Bearden and the Odyssey themes in the process. "


Saving digital art from an early death at the ZKM museum

BBC, 21 October 2013


GERMANY "When a renaissance masterpiece needs restoring, simple paints and brushes can do the job. It's all down to human skill. But what do you do when a piece of digital art worth over a million pounds and reliant on obsolete technology and old codes breaks down? The ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe Germany is trying to provide an answer. It has the world's largest collection of digital art, with over 500 pieces in its collection. It's also the global centre for digital art conservation. It is a Herculean effort to keep their artworks running in their original form on computers often decades old."


Le Metropolitan a organisé la première conférence live TEDx depuis un musée

Club Culture & Innovation, 20 Octobre 2013


NEW YORK, NY – « L’événement à guichets fermés a été diffusé en direct sur le site Web du Musée. Le Metropolitan Museum est le premier musée d’art du monde à recevoir une licence pour organiser une telle conférence sous la marque mondialement connue TEDx. »


Le street art parisien sous toutes ses coutures numériques !

Club Culture & Innovation, 21 octobre 2013


PARIS, FRANCE – « Deux initiatives numériques récentes visent à valoriser les pratiques et créations du street art à Paris. Le dispositif numérique « Tour Paris 13? et l’application mobile « my paris street art » sont lancés à l’occasion du « Mois du Street Art dans le 13e ».


4D music experience lets you ‘play with music’s biggest icons’

Leisure Opportunities, 17 Oct 2013


LONDON, UK "A new 40,000sq ft (3,716sq m) museum in London, UK, will offer visitors the chance to perform on stage with some of the biggest musical icons, living and dead. The Music Hall of Fame – set to open in 18 months’ time in Camden’s Stables Market – will have a 4d attraction that uses the same technology used at California’s Coachella Festival in 2012, which saw the holographic reincarnation of rapper Tupac Shakur who performed on-stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre."


Google will put 100 Indian monuments online

The Times of India, 3 October 2013


NEW DELHI, INDIA "The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Google have partnered to map and create 360-degree virtual views of 100 monuments in India. Once the data has been collected, it will be put online, allowing web users to get a virtual tour of a monument. Almost all major monuments, including the Taj Mahal, are part of the list. Google says that it has already photographed and mapped Qutub Minar. The virtual tour for this monument will be soon available to web users. Humayun's Tomb will be mapped next. The company says that creating 360-degree imagery of a monument takes around 7 to 10 days."


Team uses lasers to scan and preserve Sitka totems

Daily Journal of Commerce, October 2, 2013


JUNEAU, ALASKA "A lens in a tiny box affixed atop a tripod spins while the box oscillates. A tiny beam of light flashes repeatedly from the lens. It pulsates. It creates a unique scan of 19 individual totem poles in the Sitka National Historical Park. For two weeks this summer this little box completed this process three to four times around each of the poles from the ground level — and three to four times from the top of them."


Avec le thème Readymade, Tumblr se rêve en réseau social de l’art

Club Culture & Innovation, 30 Septembre 2013


FRANCE – « Baptisé “Readymade”, ce thème a été spécialement imaginé et développé pour les musées, galeries et fondations culturelles. “Readymade” permet à ses utilisateurs d’utilisé des outils spécifiques et de personnaliser leur page afin de présenter de manière adaptée leurs expositions, artistes et créations. »


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Nazi looted art 'found in Munich' - German media

BBC News, 3 November 2013


MUNICH, GERMANY – "A collection of 1,500 artworks confiscated by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s has been found in the German city of Munich, media reports say. The trove is believed to include works by Matisse, Picasso and Chagall, the news magazine Focus reports. Some of the works were declared as degenerate by the Nazis, while others were stolen from or forcibly sold for a pittance by Jewish art collectors. If confirmed, it would be one of the largest recoveries of looted art. Investigators put the value of the works at about one billion euros (£846m; $1.35bn), Focus said."
[see also Report of Nazi-Looted Trove Puts Art World in an Uproar, The New York Times, 4 November 2013]


Banksy's Nazi painting sells for $615,000 - setting record for priciest item ever sold at any Housing Works thrift shop

'The Banality of the Banality of Evil': Banksy's painting of a Nazi officer into a landscape of a mountain lake was recently sold for $615,000 at auction. That's the most expensive item ever sold a New York City Housing Works thrift shop

- A painting by British street artist Banksy was sold at auction for $615,000

- The original landscape was purchased from a New York City Housing Works thrift shop a few months ago

- It was then returned with the addition of a Nazi officer sitting on a bench, taking in the scene with Banksy's signature in the corner

- The thrift shop put it up for auction to raise money for their charity which benefits the homeless and those living with HIV/AIDs

Mail Online, 3 November 2013


NEW YORK, NY "A painting that British street artist Banksy donated to a New York City Housing Works thrift shop last month recently sold at auction for $615,000 dollars to a bidder named gorpetri. After discovering the artist behind their latest acquisition, the thrift shop, which benefits the homeless and those suffering from HIV/AIDs, decided to sell the painting at auction. Bidding started off at $74,000 but sold way above that at $615,00. After the auction the thrift shop expressed their gratitude to the elusive artist on Twitter. '$615,000! On behalf of our clients, staff & others living with HIV/AIDs, thank you, thank you, thank you #banksyny'. "

[see also Banksy in New York, one month later: Is he a jerk or a genius? Globe and Mail, 1 November 2013]


Egypt’s government cracks down on illicit sales

The country’s antiquities ministry has its eyes peeled as looted objects appear in foreign markets

The Art Newspaper, 31 October 2013


EGYPT "Organised gangs have looted sites across the country, due to a lack of security following Egypt’s January 2011 revolution, and have exported artefacts to foreign buyers. In recent months, the government has cracked down on illicit sales as the objects come to market. In March, for example, two ancient Egyptian wooden coffin lids, each cut in half into suitcase-sized pieces, were seized by Israeli authorities in a shop in Jerusalem; it is thought that the lids were smuggled out of Egypt to Dubai, and then brought to Europe before entering Israel."


Steve Jobs' boyhood home where he built the first 50 Apple computers designated a historic landmark

- The Los Altos home is where Steve Jobs built his first Apple computers

- Apple Computer was founded in the garage before moving to its nearby Cupertino headquarters

Mail Online, 29 October 2013 


LOS ALTOS, CA "The California home where Steve Jobs made the first Apple computers in his garage has been designated a historic site. The Los Altos ranch-style house where the tech legend first launched his hugely successful company has been named a 'historic resource' by the town's historical commission. The vote was unanimous, and will preserve the home exactly as it stand, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The documentation looks very complete, better than some of the books as far as accuracy goes,' historical commission chair Frank Bishop told the paper. The designation was made without current owner Patricia Jobs, the Apple founder's sister, permission, according to the Mercury News. She did speak to the board and has not raised any objections, Mr Bishop noted. Mr Jobs moved into the house with his family when he was in 7th grade, eventually building his first personal computers in the garage."


India’s 1st heritage lab in Ahmedabad

The Times of India, 24 October 2013


AHMEDABAD, INDIA - "Investing in the people of the Walled City and helping them realize the potential of being part of an emerging and dynamic cultural business sector is what the European Commission plans to do. To achieve that goal, the commission will set up India's first Cultural Heritage and Management Venture Lab in Ahmedabad. It is for the first time that the commission — through the Spanish body Casa de la India — has decided to invest in a heritage city in India. The venture lab will devise strategies to integrate heritage resources. For instance, the lab will deal with needs of programmes to preserve and promote local artisans and heritage resource-persons, and develop tourism."


Une fondation d’art contemporain aux galeries Lafayette

Toute la culture, 16 octobre 2013


PARIS, FRANCE – « Le shopping et l’art font parfois bon ménage! Cet écran du monde géant que sont les Galeries Lafayette auprès d’un public international s’apprête à ouvrir une fondation d’art contemporain au printemps 2016. »


Government of Canada Supports Exhibit on the First World War

Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada press release, 10 October 2013


HALIFAX, NS "The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding to the Army Museum Halifax Citadel for an exhibit on the First World War. This exhibit will be on display from May 2014 to November 2018. “Our Government is proud to contribute to projects that Canadians can reflect on and learn from for generations to come,” said Minister Mackay. “I am particularly proud that this exhibit will focus on Atlantic Canada’s contribution to the war effort at home and overseas.” The exhibit will provide an overview of the First World War from 1914 to 1918. It will also include displays that create awareness on the role of the First Nations, African-Canadian, Francophone, Acadian, and Jewish communities during that war."


Amazon : un acteur incontournable du marché de l’art ?

Culture et communication, 8 Octobre 2013


PARIS, FRANCE – « Nombreux sont ceux qui ont appris au mois d’août que le pure-player Amazon lançait une plateforme de vente d’œuvres d’art en ligne grâce à des galeries partenaires. Ce n’est certes pas la première galerie d’art virtuelle à voir le jour : la salle des ventes Christie’s vend en ligne depuis janvier dernier, la galeriste Nathalie Obadia dit qu’elle réalise une vente sur cinq par Internet et bien entendu Artsper »


Leonardo da Vinci experts identify painting as lost Isabella D'Este portrait

Portrait found among private Swiss collection has a Mona Lisa smile and same paint pigment and primer as those used by artist

The Guardian, 4 October 2013


ROME, ITALY "Researchers in Italy claim to have unearthed the portrait of a noblewoman by Leonardo da Vinci which has been lost for 500 years and features the same enigmatic smile as his Mona Lisa. The portrait of Isabella d'Este, which carbon dating suggests was painted around the start of the 16th century, has been found in a vault in a private collection in Switzerland, and has been verified by a leading authority on the renaissance polymath. "There are no doubts that the portrait is Leonardo's work," said Carlo Pedretti, an emeritus professor of art history at the University of California. If acknowledged as genuine – and if experts concur that it was painted before the Mona Lisa – the portrait could shake up academic studies of one of the world's most famous paintings."


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Gehry and Foster team up on Battersea Power Station redevelopment

dezeen magazine, 23 October 2013


LONDON, UK " Frank Gehry and Norman Foster have been appointed to design a series of buildings as part of the £8 billion redevelopment of Battersea Power Station in London. Los Angeles firm Gehry Partners will collaborate with London office Foster + Partners to carry out phase three of the Rafael Viñoly-designed masterplan, adding a shopping street to connect the old Victorian power station with a new London Underground station, and building residential neighbourhoods on either side. The two firms will co-design the retail stretch, known as The High Street, which will encompass shops, restaurants, a library, a hotel and a leisure centre. Foster + Partners will add residential buildings to the east, while Gehry will work on the residential zone to the west - the architect's first major project in the UK."


Multimillion-dollar astro-tourism project planned for Tekapo

eturbonews.com, 20 October 2013


LAKE TEKAPO, NEW ZEALAND "Tens of thousands of tourists flock to Tekapo every year to see Southern Stars, the Milky Way, and meteor showers. Now an astro-tourism operator wants to expand on the growing interest for dark, starry nights with a multimillion-dollar project. Up on the hill at Canterbury University's Mt John Observatory by Lake Tekapo, astro-tourism concession Earth & Sky is planning to reach for the stars. The company's founder, Graeme Murray, wants to build a $5m "window to the universe" facility on the lake's shore to cater for the growing interest in star-gazing. This will be part of a wider development plan around Lake Tekapo including a supermarket, hotels, and shops."


Comment créer de bonnes visites culturelles ?

Nouveau Tourisme Culturel, 18 octobre 2013


FRANCE – « Dans une région rurale, mais sans doute encore plus dans les villes, l’offre de culture est toujours abondante. Lieux de mémoire, maisons d’écrivains, anciennes usines ou centres d’art contemporain : la diversité des sites, en Europe, est telle que les « itinéraires » ont pu être construits à partir d’une seule thématique : itinéraires cultuels des pèlerinages, Route Napoléon ou Routes gastronomiques Parcours d’ Artisanats. Alors la tâche est rude, non tant pour pour choisir, pour les futurs visiteurs, ce qui sera le mieux, le plus agréable, le plus cohérent, en un temps imparti, de quelques heures à plusieurs jours. Comment créer de bonnes visites culturelles, dans ce contexte ? »


HKS Urban Design Studio in partnership with Langan

WAN, 11 October 2013


USA "Almost a year to the day after Hurricane Sandy hit New York, it is fitting that HKS Urban Design Studio in partnership with Langan held a workshop entitled ‘Waterfronts Today,’ addressing the needs and limitations for future development along waterfronts of all kinds. Whether building on the banks of the Mississippi or directly next to the Atlantic Ocean, Associate Principal Randall Morton and his team emphasized the fact that waterfront developments can face particular technical and social issues that rarely trouble landlocked sites."


Uruguay to Offer Disabled Tourists More Access to Historic Sites

Latino Daily News, 11 October 201


URUGWAY "Uruguay has launched an ambitious plan to make its tourist offerings more accessible to the disabled thanks to the support of Spain’s Fundacion ONCE, which on Wednesday participated in this capital in a seminar on the subject. The Ibero-American Conference on Awareness and Strategic Training on Accessibility in the Tourism Sector was inaugurated by Uruguayan Tourism Minister Liliam Kechichian and Fundacion ONCE representative Enrique Garcia. Kechichian thanked Fundacion ONCE for leaving “the door open” to Uruguay to approach this issue “with much seriousness and responsibility.”"


Marseille Provence 2013, et après ?

Nouveau Tourisme Culturel, 10 octobre 2013


MARSEILLE, FRANCE – « La période qui vient « après l’investissement » d’une capitale culturelle de la Culture est généralement observée de très près. Ce qui ressort des bilans des 45 capitales précédentes c’est surtout qu’investir est relativement plus facile que d’assurer, par la suite, le fonctionnement des nouveaux équipements et tout simplement la vie culturelle et touristique d’une région. »


Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding reveal 6 million sq m development: The Lagoons

WAN, 8 October 2013


DUBAI "Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, and Ahmad Bin Byat, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding, today unveiled the joint venture's masterplan of The Lagoons, a magnificent waterfront city within Mohammed Bin Rashid City (MBR City), inspired and built by the banks of the Dubai Creek, at Cityscape Global, the premier property exhibition. The mega-development for tomorrow’s youth is spread over an area of 6 million sq m (over 1,482 acres). In a joint statement, Mohamed Alabbar and Ahmad Bin Byat said: “The spectacularly designed project underlines the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to develop world-class urban projects that further establish Dubai as a global city of the future. The project gives a significant boost to Dubai’s economy by creating another dynamic urban hub that energises the property, retail and tourism sectors. It will create new jobs and strong business opportunities for our youth to prosper.”"


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