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A New Story Told at Ground Zero

New York Times, 16 May 2014


NEW YORK, UNITED STATES — "When the twin towers collapsed, multiple floors of concrete, drywall, carpeting and furniture were compressed into single, meteorlike objects. Two of these fragments, known as composites, were recovered during the excavation and were among the many thousands of artifacts considered for display in the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Though the composites had been tested and showed no evidence of human remains, debate ensued. Should the objects be included in the museum at all? If so, how should they be preserved? And where?"

[see also: Bridging the past and the future, World Architecture News, 16 May 2014]


Holocaust Monument in Ottawa corrects 70-year mistake

The Star, 14 May 2014


OTTAWA, ONTARIO — "One question lingers about the Holocaust memorial to be built in Ottawa. What took so long? Why has Canada waited 70 years to build a Holocaust monument in its capital city? The U.S., Great Britain and Russia all have Holocaust monuments or museums in their capital cities. So does South Africa. It was a tragic mistake that the Holocaust was left out of the story when the Canadian War Museum was built. Now at last that mistake will be corrected. As announced by the federal government on Monday, the winning proposal for the National Holocaust Monument came from a dazzling team led by Gail Dexter Lord, co-president of Toronto consulting firm Lord Cultural Resources."

[see also:  National Holocaust Monument design unveiled, The Globe and Mail, 12 May 2014

Winning design for Canada’s new National Holocaust Monument unveiled in Ottawa, news.nationalpost.com, 12 May 2014,

National Holocaust Memorial Competition winner announced and Video: Holocaust Memorial, ottawacitizen.com, 12 May 2014

Monument de l'Holocauste: le projet coûtera 8 millions, lapresse.ca/le-droit, 12 mai 2014

Un nouveau monument à Ottawa, journaldemontreal.com, 12 mai 2014

Libeskind trumps Adjaye in Canada's National Holocaust Monument contest, dezeen.com, 12 May 2014

Daniel Libeskind design wins Canadian National Holocaust Monument competition, archinect.com, 12 May 2014

National Holocaust Monument design team announced, cbc.ca, 12 May 2014

Design for Canada's National Holocaust Monument unveiled, ctvnews.ca, 12 May 2014


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10 Days till the Luminato Festival

Jorn Weisbrodt shares his excitement about the upcoming Luminato Festival.

luminatofestival.com, 28 May 2014


TORONTO, ONTARIO "The festival is 10 days away and there is not really time to breathe but the excitement is definitely felt all around – but all in a good way. Artists are starting to arrive in town this weekend. I will head over to Banff to see a final run through of Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must FallLive – a graphic novel animated in real time with a live soundtrack. I am really excited to see this as I doubt anything like this has been done before. I cannot wait to see all the sets and the direction by the Oscar nominated KK Barrett. What an amazing artist Kid Koala is to always come up with something new and fun. And the great thing is there is no language, it is something for all cultures and all audiences. Who does not want to see a robot falling in love with another robot?"


New towers and theatres for Brisbane cultural precinct under draft master plan by Cox Rayner and Urbis

Architecture & Design, 23 May 2010


BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — “The Queensland government, through Arts Queensland, has released a draft cultural precinct master plan to guide future development and investment of the precinct over the next 20 years. Developed by Cox Rayner, Urbis and Lord Cultural Resources, the masterplan covers Queensland’s cultural precinct on Brisbane’s South Bank, in the area adjacent to the CBD.


The might of oil flows into culture

The Art Newspaper, 19 May 2014


DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — " In March, at the Art Dubai fair, Saudi Aramco, the hugely powerful oil and natural gas company whose headquarters in Dhahran represent almost a kingdom within the Kingdom, announced further details of a cultural centre under ­construction. The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, named after Saudi Arabia’s first monarch, is to open in late 2015 and, according to Laila Hussain Al-Faddagh, the contemporary Middle Eastern art co-ordinator for Saudi Aramco, it will offer visitors an experience “unlike anything seen before in the Kingdom”."


Plans announced for museum dedicated to Dubai’s oldest hospital

The National, 18 May 2014


DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES "Plans to build a museum dedicated to the Al Maktoum Hospital, the first hospital in the city, have been announced. Dubai Culture and Arts Authority has gathered stories about the hospital from its first doctors and patients as part of the first phase to establish the Al Maktoum Hospital Museum in Al Wasl district."


La Cité des Civilisations du Vin honore ses mécènes

France 3, 16 mai 2014


FRANCE — "Visite de chantier, ce midi, de la Cité des Civilisations du Vin à Bordeaux pour les 58 mécènes du projet de 65 millions d’euros. Des mécènes du monde du vin et grandes entreprises qui financent le projet à hauteur de 25 %. Livraison le 31 mars 2016 du « Center for Wine and Civilization » qui déjà est bien sorti de terre.... "


UNStudio chosen to design new theatre in West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

Attractions Management, 15 may 2014


HONG KONG, CHINA — "UNStudio, a Dutch architectural practice in collaboration with the Hong Kong based AD+RG, has been chosen to design a fifth arts venue in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), Hong Kong. Scheduled for completion in 2019 with schematic designs being released in Q3 of this year, the new 1,200 seat Lyric Theatre will be Hong Kong’s first dedicated facility for dance performances. The venue will also be used for the staging of major events in the WKCD, such as drama, opera and concerts.”


Le projet du Pavillon France à l’Exposition Universelle de Milan 2015 dévoilé

Le Journal des Arts, 29 avril 2014


PARIS, FRANCE — " Les premières images du Pavillon France à l’Exposition Universelle de Milan 2015 ont été dévoilées lors d’une conférence de presse au Petit Palais, à Paris. Le projet retenu a été conçu par l’agence X-TU et le Studio Adeline Rispal. "


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Royal Navy Museum completes £4.5m refurb for WW1 centenary

Leisure Opportunities, 28 May 2014


PORTSMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM — "The Babcock Galleries at The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard have opened to the public following a £4.5m renovation. The opening coincides with the centenary of the First World War, with the Galleries house to host a new permanent exhibition which explores 100 years of life in the Navy and the personal stories from those who served at sea.”


New Brunswick Museum seeks $40-million expansion

CBC News, 27 May 2014


ST. JOHN'S, NEW BRUNSWICK — " The New Brunswick Museum is pondering a move from its home in Saint John's Market Square and planning a $40 million addition to its facility on Douglas Avenue. Jane Fullerton, the museum's chief executive officer, says the Market Square space limits what the museum can do."


A Montpellier, le maire enterre le Musée sur l’histoire de la France et de l’Algérie

Lesinrocks.com, 23 mai 2014


MONTPELLIER, FRANCE — " Philippe Saurel, maire (DVG) et président de l’agglomération de Montpellier, a décidé de transformer le Musée sur l’Histoire de la France et de l’Algérie, qui devait ouvrir en 2015, en centre d’art contemporain. Le Conseil scientifique du Musée se mobilise contre cette décision. "

Présentation de quelques œuvres de la collection : La Tribune de l’art


Construction approval granted for FIFA World Football Museum

Fifa.com, 23 May 2014


ZURICH, SWITZERLAND  — " Following the completion of the initial dismantling phase in the “Haus zur Enge”, work on building the FIFA World Football Museum can now finally begin. Construction approval has been granted and the museum, which will embody all facets of the football world, is due to open in early 2016. The interactive, multimedia “world of experiences” will demonstrate how football touches people’s lives and the world every day, while FIFA’s extraordinary history and the unique experience that is the FIFA World Cup™ are also major areas of the exhibition concept."


IKEA to convert original store into company museum

Building Design Construction Network, 22 May 2014


ÄLMHULT, SWEDEN — "Global retail giant IKEA has announced that it will transform its original store, in Älmhult, Sweden, into a museum celebrating the history of the company and its hugely popular products.

Given its cult following, especially in Europe, the retailer expects the IKEA Museum to draw some 200,000 visitors to the rural town in southern Sweden."


Hunley Museum Authority formed, tasked with planning, financing

The Post and Courier, 20 May 2014


COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — "The state Hunley Commission took the first step toward building a museum for the Civil War-era submarine on Tuesday, more than a decade after it was first proposed. The museum will be built on the Cooper River inside the old Navy Base, house the Confederate submarine, a collection of 19th century maritime artifacts and will cost at least $40 million. On Tuesday, Hunley commissioners reached an agreement with the agency charged with redeveloping the base to create a Hunley museum authority, which will now be responsible for planning, financing and building the museum."


Museum of Innocence wins European Museum of the Year Award

Museums Association, 20 May 2014


ISTANBUL, TURKEY — "The Museum of Innocence in Istanbul, Turkey, has won the European Museum of the Year Award (Emya) at ceremony during the European Museum Forum’s annual assembly in Tallinn, Estonia. The museum, which was created by writer Orhan Pamuk as an object-based version of the fictional love story of his novel of the same name, was presented with a trophy, the Egg by Henry Moore, at the ceremony. The judges praised the museum’s sustainable model and said 'its radical, in-depth exploration of the psychological meaning of the collecting process and its insight into material objects as metaphors and as carriers of emotions, memories and cultures [...] inspires and establishes innovative, new paradigms for the museum sector.'"


Massive makeover plans slated for Burlington's Joseph Brant Museum

Burlington Post, 16 May 2014


BURLINGTON, ONTARIO — "Joseph Brant Museum, the cornerstone to downtown Burlington for more than 70 years, is gearing up for a massive makeover. Its fundraising arm, the Burlington Museums Foundation, is three-quarters of the way toward raising $2.1 million — its share of the $9.5-million renovation.

“That’s fantastic support,” said the foundation’s chair, John Doyle, of the project that has been 10 years in the works. “Especially considering we are still at the preliminary drawings phase of the project,” he added. The city has already committed to a $2.1-M share of the bill. Doyle also said negotiations are underway to convince the provincial and federal governments to split the remaining cost of the project."


Outgoing president excited about museum's future

The Star Pheonix, 14 may 2014


SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN — "The Saskatoon Children's Discovery Museum has outgrown its current location in Market Mall and staff are overjoyed to be moving into the old Mendel Art Gallery building by early 2017. Although the move is years away, plans to raise funds and create new exhibits are underway. StarPhoenix reporter Andrea Hill sat down with the museum's outgoing president, Erica Bird, to discuss its future. The following is an edited and condensed transcript of the interview."


Elon Musk says yes to The Oatmeal's $8M request for Nikola Tesla museum

autobloggreen, 14 may 2014


UNITED STATES — "Matthew Inman is known for his lengthy, often wordy online comics called The Oatmeal. He's also a huge fan of Nikola Tesla, and helped gather $1.37 million via crowdfunding in 2012 to buy up Tesla's laboratory and set the stage for a Tesla museum, the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe. It was such an Internet hit that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk even chipped in $2,500 and Tweeted that he "will do more in the future." Well, Inman is getting ready to call in that favor. Yesterday, The Oatmeal published a glowing review of sorts on how great the all-electric Model S is (slightly NSFW). In it we learned that Inman is bonkers in love with his EV, calling it his "intergalactic spaceboat of light and wonder" and saying the acceleration is "freaky." He adores the door handles, the frunk, the advanced powertrain and pretty much everything else. In fact, part one is so positive it reads like an over-the-top Tesla advertorial. But then comes part two, where Inman gets down to business."


Newark's Magnus museum work may reveal Civil War scars

BBC News, 13 may 2014


NEWARK, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE — "Work on a new National Civil War Centre is expected to uncover damage from the conflict it will commemorate. The 500-year-old Magnus building in Newark, Nottinghamshire, is being converted into a museum as part of a £5.4m project. It survived three sieges in the English Civil War, during which nearly a fifth of the town's buildings were destroyed. Experts said they had begun to uncover original roof beams which may bear scorch marks and shell splinters."


Corvette Museum Considering Making Giant Car-Swallowing Sinkhole A Permanent Exhibit

The Architect's Newspaper, 12 May 2014


KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES — "The sinkhole that opened up underneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky has quickly become one of the institution’s most popular exhibits. Just three months after eight prized automobiles slid down Planet Earth’s jagged gullet, visitors from around the country are flocking to the Bluegrass State to see the damage. In fact, attendance at the museum has spiked since the 40-foot-wide, 60-foot-deep, hole did its thing. Visits are up 20 percent in the first quarter of this year, and over 50 percent in March."


Tennis Hall of Fame to launch $16M expansion

USA Today, 10 May 2014


NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND — “The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Rhode Island is set to break ground in the first phase of a major project to expand and upgrade its facilities.

The $15.7 million project will upgrade the museum with new technology and exhibitions, add additional tennis courts and facilities and improve campus-wide amenities, including the tennis stadium. The campaign also aims to revitalize the streetscape on nearby Memorial Boulevard."


Les musées : des institutions universelles?

La Grande Table (2e partie) - France Culture, 9 mai 2014


FRANCE — " Nous nous penchons aujourd'hui avec lui sur la place des musées dans la mondialisation, à l'occasion notamment de l'exposition "Louvre Abu Dhabi. Naissance d'un musée" au musée du Louvre.

Comment le Louvre interrroge ses collections et se positionne par rapport à l'exportation d'oeuvres ? Et au-delà, qu'est-ce qu'un musée universel, du XXIe siècle ? Quels sont les stratégies des grandes institutions muséales ? "


Armenian Genocide Museum Planned in Buenos Aires

Asbarez.com, 8 May 2014


BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — "The City of Buenos Aires will donate a property to the Armenian community for the construction of an Armenian Genocide Museum, according to Undersecretary for Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism Claudio Avruj. In dialogue with Prensa Armenia, Undersecretary Avruj stressed the importance of the project “that joins the efforts of both Buenos Aires and Argentina” to recognize the Armenian Genocide and added that it is an initiative that will benefit both the Armenian community and people in general.”


SFMOMA close to hitting $610 million fundraising goal to fuel expansion

San Francisco Business Times, 6 May 2014


SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — "The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has been closed since last June, but officials have been busier than ever, overseeing a massive expansion of its South of Market complex and pushing to hit a $610 million fundraising goal. SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra said Tuesday that the museum's South of Market complex, which will add a 10-story, 235,000-square-foot new Snøhetta-designed addition to its existing building by Mario Botta, is on time and on budget. SFMOMA is 94 percent of the way to raising $610 million in capital for the new complex, a big expansion of its endowment, and funds to keep going until the expanded museum reopens in the first quarter of 2016."


The Army Museum at the Halifax Citadel Unveils Much Anticipated First World War Exhibit

Parks Canada, 6 may 2014


HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA — " The Army Museum, located at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, unveiled its brand new exhibit, The Road to Vimy and Beyond on Sunday, May 4th, 2014. Parks Canada is a proud partner of this non-profit organization, who, with contributions from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the province of Nova Scotia, among many other supporters, has created a remarkable exhibit which commemorates the service and sacrifice of the soldiers in the First World War."


Un musée des arts de l’Islam construit par Jean Nouvel près du World Trade Center ?

Le Journal des Arts, 2 mai 2014


NEW YORK, UNITED STATES — "Le promoteur immobilier Sharif El-Gamal prévoit de faire construire un musée des arts et de la culture de l’Islam à deux blocs des anciennes tours du World Trade Center. Il affirme avoir engagé Jean Nouvel, auteur de l’Institut du monde arabe à Paris, pour dessiner le projet. "


Smithsonian's dinosaur exhibitions close for 5-year museum renovation

Los Angeles Times, 29 April 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C. — "Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History visitors shouldn't expect to see mega-sized dinosaur bones or the newly arrived fossil superstar Tyrannosaurus rex any time soon. The museum's Fossil Halls closed Monday for a five-year, $48 million renovation -- the biggest in the museum's history -- that will change not only the physical space but also the way it presents the planet's fossil timeline. Exhibitions at the Washington, D.C., museum that haven't changed in three decades -- Life in the Ancient Seas, Dinosaurs and Ice Ages -- will be dismantled to make way for what will be called Deep Time Hall. And T. Rex will get its own place of prominence too."


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Gehry unveils plan for renovation, expansion of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Building Design + Construction, 21 May 2014


PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — "In a special exhibit to open this summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will display the comprehensive plan that Frank Gehry has created for the renovation and expansion of its home on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Museum officials recently released renderings of Gehry's final design, which reorganizes and expands the building, adding more than 169,000 sf of space. The project will ultimately transform the interior of one of the city’s most iconic buildings, enabling the museum to display much more of its world-renowned collection."

[see also: Gehry plan for the renovation and expansion of the Philadelphia Art Museum unveiled in a special exhibition, World Architecture News, 27 May 2014]


Alvar Aalto museum in Denmark to be modernised

Kultur Styrelsen, 21 May 2014


AALBORG, DENMARK — " Northern Denmark is home to an architectural treasure, constructed in white marble: KUNSTEN – Museum of Modern Art. The museum houses a unique collection of contemporary art by Danish and foreign artists. But it is not only the collection that is unique; so is the building. It is the only museum outside of Finland to be designed by the world-renowned architect, Alvar Aalto.

In 1957 he conceived the design of the museum in collaboration with Elissa Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël. The result was an art museum which is a work of art in itself. The building was designed in a light, organic, modernist style with an entirely unique distinctive inflow of light. Throughout the building, the choice of materials is unique: ranging from the custom-designed copper Aalto lights to the marble on the floors and outer walls. Today, this museum building is listed. So it is no wonder that the building’s imminent and radical restoration and modernisation have caused quite a stir.


Design unveiled for agriculture museum in Blissfield

Lenconnect.com, 16 May 2014


BLISSFIELD, MICHIGAN — "Drawings showing the design concept for the Agricultural Awareness and Preservation Museum being planned for Blissfield were unveiled Thursday.

Friedrich St. Florian, who designed the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., presented his designs to the museum board and village officials. St. Florian visited the area in October and assisted the board in selecting Blissfield as the site for the museum."


Indoor-skydiving to star at new experiential mixed-use Berlin development

Attractions Management, 15 May 2014


BERLIN, GERMANY — "J. Mayer H. Architects has been announced as the the winning firm to carry out the proposal for ‘Volt Berlin’ – a new mixed-use development in Berlin’s city centre. Volt Berlin aims to be a new concept for shopping and urban experience within Germany’s capital. Situated near Alexanderplatz, the site is more about providing an exhilarating adventure for the visitor, than reliving the normal confines of a shopping mall. The development will consist of around 7,500sq m (24,606sq ft) of hotel space and 13,000sq m (42,650sq ft) of retail space and will also offer extreme sports on its main entrance level. This intermediate space will host the centre’s most important attractions: indoor-skydiving and a surf wave."


Lyric Theatre to be revealed this autumn

World Architecture News, 14 May 2014


HONG KONG, CHINA — "It has been announced that a joint venture of Dutch firm UNStudio and local practice AD+RG is to complete the design and administration of the construction for the Lyric Theatre in West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong. Designs will be unveiled in autumn 2014.

UNStudio / AD+RG Joint Venture said: ‘It is indeed a great honour for our two companies to join forces and be given this distinguished opportunity to contribute to the creation of one of the largest and best arts and cultural districts in the world. We will actively synergise our creativity, insight and experience, and produce a facility that Hong Kong and the world can be proud of.’”


Argyle Design selected as interactive exhibit designer for Children's Museum of St. Tammany

The Times Picayune, 14 May 2010


LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES — "Following a nationwide search, Argyle Design, an exhibit designer from Brooklyn, NY, has been selected as the creative force behind exhibits to be included in the 20,000 square foot interactive Children's Museum of St. Tammany. The museum — with no announced projected completion date as of yet — is expected to be a focal point of the cultural arts district slated for a 48 acre land parcel just south of Covington, on the north side of I-12 between the Colonial Pinnacle Nord du Lac shopping center and the Tchefuncte River. The selected firm's credentials include design work for the Children's Museum of Houston, Boston Children's Museum, American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution."


New Britain Museum of American Art breaks ground on 17,000-square foot addition

New Britain Herald, 13 May 2014


NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT — The New Britain Museum of American Art broke ground Monday on its 17,364-square foot addition. Guests included Gov. Dannel Malloy, who participated in the ceremony. Director Douglas Hyland led the institution through its past campaign and transformation. He said the museum was ‘thrilled to again be working with [architect] Ann Beha and her outstanding team. We look forward to a seamless and beautifully designed addition that will be enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors for years to come.'"


Legacy comes first for Populous in design of 2014 Incheon Asian Games Main Stadium

World Architecture News, 9 May 2014


INCHEON, KOREA — "The official end of construction at the Populous-designed Main Stadium for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games has been marked with a celebration in the South Korean city. The multipurpose stadium has been designed to hold 60,000 spectators during the Games this September, with the intention to reduce this number by half following the culmination of the event. When approaching the design process, Populous - who worked with local practice Heerim Architects and Planners - specifically created a 30,000-seat stadium with the ability to host an additional 30,000 spectators for a set period of time. In effect, the design team conceptualised a legacy stadium before designing a venue for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games."


Knoxville firms win Manhattan Project tribute

The Daily Herald, 3 May 2014


OAK RIDGE, TENNESSEE — "Three Knoxville firms and an exhibit design specialist out of Ohio have been awarded a subcontract to design components of a tribute to Oak Ridge’s role in the Manhattan Project during World War II, including a building replicating part of a huge uranium enrichment facility.

Also on the drawing boards: a viewing tower to overlook the footprint of the former K-25 structure, a mile-long, U-shaped building recently razed in an expensive, years-long effort."


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Art Goes High-Tech at These Four Innovative Exhibits

The Daily Beast, 29 May 2014


UNITED STATES — "When it comes to art, degrees from MIT, collaborations with leading medical practitioners, and the infamously awkward Google Glass aren’t necessarily the first things that come to mind. But, in an age where technology is taking over almost every aspect of our lives—cars park themselves, drones can deliver our mail, and smartphones are now a major cause of anxiety—tech-fueled art is becoming less of a surprise and more of an expectation (at least if they want to keep our attention)."


P2P, big data and robotics all highlighted in 2014 museum trends report

Attractions Management, 27 may 2014


WORLD — "The 2014 TrendsWatch report has highlighted a number of predicted museum developments for the coming year, including the rise of social entrepreneurs, the economy of collaborative consumption and robots in the workplace. The report – an annual overview of trends observed in the course of the last year, compiled from a variety of mainstream news sources, blogs, research reports, pop culture and writers – summarises six worldwide trends in the museum sector and offers observations on what each means for the industry.”


Ces grands musées qui choisissent de donner librement accès à leurs collections en ligne

Le Monde, 21 mai 2014


FRANCE " Une infinité d'œuvres d'art sont accessibles en ligne en quelques clics – souvent en petit format, dans une définition moyenne, mais, surtout, qui ne sont pas exploitables sans autorisation. Face aux usages des étudiants en art, de leurs professeurs comme de n'importe quel spécialiste ou amateur, qui utilisent Internet pour consulter ou utiliser des reproductions facilement et rapidement, certains musées prennent les devants pour offrir en libre accès des images grand format et de qualité. Petit état des lieux de l'offre muséale en ligne. "


The New Museum Brings Art, Tech, And Design Together With First Members Of Its NEW INC Incubator

Fast Company, 20 May 2014


NEW YORK, UNITED STATES — "The business world is teeming with tech incubators and co-working spaces geared toward startups, and they’re populated with young entrepreneurs looking to develop the next big blockbuster idea. But what of the creative entrepreneur--those more interested in mashing up art and culture and commerce in the spirit of experimentation? For them, there’s NEW INC. Founded by New York’s New Museum, it’s the first museum-led incubator dedicated to art, design, and technology that intends to fill in that gap between the art and startup worlds by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration."


Mobile in museums: design services, not websites

The Guardian, 16 May 2014


WORLD — "Back in June I co-wrote a piece in this very spot arguing for a greater focus on audiences in the development of mobile tools for the cultural sector. Even then, the unbridled optimism around mobile was fading. Certain organisations were having great success with very specialised, site-specific products (the oft-cited Museum of London StreetMuseum for example) but there was broad acceptance that this success wasn't easily reproduced. "Mobile" wasn't a product you could simply replicate and drop into any museum; to be successful it was necessary to design strategically with specific, well-researched audiences in mind.

Months on, this focus on audiences looks like it's gathering momentum. There's been a surge in the number of organisations taking a more proactive approach to understanding their audiences by gathering data and testing their digital products."


Hack The Box: Re-Programming The Museum Honored With Muse Award

Integrated Solutions Online, 12 May 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C. — "Brivo Systems and Brivo Labs, a business unit of Brivo Systems focused on social access management through the Internet of Things, in March 2014 joined the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design and [topcoder] community in an ongoing collaboration to enhance the museum experience. The cloud-based technology company explored ways to enhance and engage people to interact with physical spaces using innovations in both beacon and wearable technology. Combining the expertise of the distinguished Washington, DC cultural institution and from the crowd sourcing community drove ideas to real life implementable solutions leading to the Muse Award, a technology award presented by the American Alliance of Museums."


UK museum launches digital WWI database

Inquirer.net, 12 May 2014


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — "A British museum is launching an ambitious online database to remember the lives of the millions of men and women who served in World War I. The Imperial War Museum hopes that the history project, timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of WWI, could form a permanent digital memorial to the scores of soldiers, nurses and others from Britain and the Commonwealth who contributed to the war by piecing together their life stories.”


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Art and Culture



Washington poet Maya Angelou’s cultural contributions

Authint Mail, 29 May 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C.  — “As news of celebrated poet Maya Angelou’s death spread, those who knew and worked with her were full of tributes, particularly in the nation’s capital. President Barack Obama remembered her as “one of the brightest lights of our time.”

In 2011, Obama awarded Angelou with America’s highest civilian honor  a Presidential Medal of Freedom  for her prose and poetry, which spoke to the con science of the nation.

Around the cultural heart of Washington on Wednesday, Angelou was remembered as the rare figure whose work was scholarly and accessible."


Glasgow School of Art's famous building badly damaged by fire

The Art Newspaper, 24 May 2014


GLASGOW, SCOTLAND — " Initial fears that Glasgow School of Art's Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building would be gutted by the fire that engulfed his Arts and Crafts masterpiece have given way to hope that much of the structure has been saved. Fire broke out in the basement of the art school around noon on Friday, 23 May, and quickly spread. Seventeen fire crews fought the blaze yesterday while staff and students who had escaped the burning building watched from the street, with many in tears."

[see also: Glasgow School of Art announces bursaries for students affected by fire, The Guardian, 27 May 2014]


Bulgaria to Build New Museum of Aviation at Bozhurishte Airport

novinite.com, 21 May 2014


SOFIA, BULGARIA — "Bulgaria will have a new museum of aviation on the territory of the Bozhurishte airport. The agreement was signed Monday by Vasil Vasilev, Deputy Minister of Culture, and the owner of the terrain, an Italian consortium, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio. Vasilev emphasized in a statement that the building would be accessible to all citizens and would demonstrate the striving to preserve history and culture. The Italian company will cover the expenses for the construction of the museum and will subsequently donate it to the Ministry of Culture."


Pulitzer announces an expansion project, and a name change

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 21 May 2014


ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI — "Change is coming to the Pulitzer Foundation later this summer — and through the winter months. First, effective immediately, there's a name change, from the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Along with fewer keystrokes, it means a greater clarity about the museum's emphasis on the arts, and about presenting them in innovative and persuasive ways."

[see also: Tadao Ando to expand Pulitzer building, World Architecture News, 23 May 2014]


WW2 US airbase art in East Anglia to be preserved

BBC News, 20 May 2014


UNITED KINGDOM — "Hundreds of examples of World War Two wall art drawn by US bomber crews at airbases in the East of England are to be documented in a new project. Eighth in the East aims to preserve the cartoons, murals and graffiti painted by the crews between 1942 and 1945. The £575,000 Heritage Lottery-funded project also wants to look at the legacy the US Eighth Army Air Force (8th AAF) left for the east. About 28,000 US personnel occupied 70 airfields over the three years. The study is looking at airfields spread across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire."


Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum Is Expanding to New York

ArtNet News, 19 May 2014


MANHATTAN, NEW YORK — " Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum will open a second location in New York City in 2017, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Although the iconic pop artist is a native son of the city in western Pennsylvania, Warhol spent the majority of his adult life and career working and living in the Big Apple. The expansion plans were announced over the weekend during a party celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Pittsburgh institution’s opening. Initial plans call for a 10,000-square-foot museum built as part of the Essex Crossing development on the Lower East Side."


Uffizi Gallery to reopen Renaissance art rooms after €600,000 gift

The Guardian, 13 May 2014


FLORENCE, ITALY — "The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is to renovate and reopen eight rooms showing Renaissance art after a €600,000 (£488,000) donation from the luxury goods company Salvatore Ferragamo. About 50 paintings from artists including Luca Signorelli, Lorenzo di Credi, and Pietro Perugino, are to be exhibited within the course of a year, officials said. Ferragamo is the latest in a long line of names from the Italian fashion world to come to the rescue of the country's struggling cultural heritage."


Managers of Dracula's Castle say it's not on the market

CTV News, 12 May 2014


TRANSYLVANIA, ROMANIA — "Reports that Bran Castle, the spookily medieval structure long linked to the Dracula legend, is up for sale have been greatly exaggerated. The managers of the 800-year-old castle nestled in the hills of the Romanian region or Transylvania, say in fact the castle is not on the market and that several reports saying that the castle needs a new buyer are erroneous. The castle’s management says in fact they are in the middle of renovations and hope to soon open a tea house and cafeteria on the grounds. As well, the castle continues to host several events each year around Romanian holidays, Halloween, and also hosts a Medieval Tournament, and several corporate and private receptions and dinners."


Board of Public Works Approves Harriet Tubman State Park Visitor Center Construction Project

Delmarva Town Crier, 30 April 2014


CAMBRIDGE, MARYLAND — "The Board of Public Works (BPW) today approved a $13.9 million construction contract for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Visitor Center in Dorchester County. Design and construction is being managed by the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) in collaboration with the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources (DNR), Transportation (State Highway Administration) and Business and Economic Development (DBED), as well as the National Park Service. The project honors the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman, a Dorchester County native who courageously led slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

‘Harriet Tubman is one of our country’s greatest heroes and one of Maryland’s greatest legends,’ said Governor Martin O’Malley."


E-transformation des musées– slideshow

Par Audrey Chatel, 24 avril 2014


FRANCE — " Présentation de l'e-transformation des musées, réalisée dans le cadre de la formation MBA MCI (Marketing et Commerce sur Internet) - Avril 2014 - Promotion Part Time."


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Ancient Christian sites in Syria threatened

The Art Newspaper, 28 May 2014


MAALOULA, SYRIA — "The Syrian government claims that there has been extensive damage to ancient Christian sites in Maaloula, a small town where Aramaic (the language of Jesus’s time) is still spoken. It lies 35 miles north-east of Damascus, at the base of mountains rising up from the desert. There has been extensive fighting around Maaloula since last September and in April president Assad’s government forces regained control from the rebels."


Underwater park planned to protect fish in northern Peru

Peru This Week, 26 May 2014


PIURA, PERU — "An underwater statue garden and artificial reef is planned for construction off the coast of Piura, in northern Peru. Officials in the Talara province of Piura in northern Peru are planning to construct a new park. However, it’s not your typical park: its average visitors won’t be parents with small kids, but fish. Don’t you worry, dear reader, this isn’t a case of government spending gone wild on bizarre special projects. The park will be part underwater sculpture garden and part artificial reef, and will help to attract fish species as well as protect them from illegal trawlers."


Should ancient wells stay or go? The experts disagree

South China Morning Post, 23 May 2014


HONG KONG, CHINA — "A disagreement has arisen over the future of relics unearthed at a railway construction site in Kowloon City between conservationists who want them preserved as they are and archaeologists who want to pull them to pieces for study. Four wells dating back to periods between the Song dynasty and the 1960s and thousands of artefacts have been removed from the site of the Sha Tin-Central link's To Kwa Wan station. The government has announced that one square well dating back to the Song (960-1279AD) or Yuan (1279-1368) dynasties will stay where it is. But the future of two other wells, one square and one round, and a collection of relics including a nullah and house structures from the same period remains uncertain."


Boost for waterfront attraction plan

Sault Star, 9 May 2014


SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO — "A planned waterfront attraction on the former St. Marys Paper site is now one step closer to reality. Science North Enterprises, along with the architectural firm Yallowega Belanger, has been hired to assist in the advancement of Destination North. The project is set to repurpose the historic Pulp Tower into a cultural, educational and recreational centre. The Sudbury-based development specialists will work with local stakeholders to help plan the next steps."


Royal Mint Unveils Plans for First-Ever Visitor Centre

Coin Update, 7 May 2014


UNITED KINGDOM — "The Royal Mint recently unveiled plans for it’s first-ever Visitor Centre which is scheduled for completion this time next year. For the first time in the Mint’s 1,000 year history, Britain’s oldest manufacturing organization, and the world’s leading export mint, will officially open its doors to the general public, allowing them to get behind the scenes and see for themselves the people and processes that put the pounds and pennies in their pockets."


North Korea announces plan to develop tourism zone

NKNews.org, 5 May 2014


MOUNT KUMGANG, NORTH KOREA — "The Choson Mt. Kumgang International Travel Agency has revealed special considerations for individuals and companies which are interested in the Mt. Kumgang tourism business. According to the agency on May 1, North Korea’s goal is to develop Mt. Kumgang as a special international tourism zone, with Pyongyang encouraging corporations and individuals from foreign countries and South Korea to invest."


L’hôtellerie de luxe à la rescousse du patrimoine un peu partout en France

Les Echos, 2 mai 2014


FRANCE — " L’essor du tourisme mondial et la volonté des villes de se doter de structures d’hébergement haut de gamme, poussent à la reconversion des vieilles pierres. "


Les grands chantiers culturels de l'après Marseille 2013

Télérama, 2 mai 2014


MARSEILLE, FRANCE — "La saison II de Marseille-Provence 2013, un nouveau cap pour le MuCEM, des événements culturels à fort potentiel touristique... Zoom sur les chantiers d'avenir de la cité phocéenne."


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