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Chicago plans global architectural expo for 2015

Chicago Tribune, 24 June 2014


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — "Aiming to boost tourism and elevate its status as a design center, Chicago next year will mount a global exhibition of cutting-edge architecture that will strive to duplicate the cachet and commercial success of a cultural spectacle in Venice, Italy.

The upstart exhibition, which Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to announce Tuesday, will be called the Chicago Architecture Biennial, a nod to the prestigious Venice Biennale, which just opened its 14th international architecture exhibition.

Chicago is billing its biennial as North America's biggest survey of international contemporary architecture, but the event faces a crowded field."

[see also: Chicago to host Architectural Biennial (video), Chicago Tribune]


Twentieth anniversary of ZOOM Children’s Museum

Wien International, 5 June 2014


WIEN, AUSTRIA — "The first children’s museum in Austria was founded in 1994 by a group of parents. The exhibitions were sold out from the first day. Today ZOOM Children’s Museum is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with new and ambitious plans.

Children are smart and hungry for knowledge and new experiences. For the last 20 years, this empathic view of children has been the recipe for success of ZOOM Children’s Museum in Vienna: 39 participative exhibitions, 35 art workshops, 27 cartoon programmes and 50 children’s lectures have been organised. The museum attracts 120,000 visitors every year."


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New museum concept on show

Yahoo News, 26 June 2014


PERTH, AUSTRALIA — "The new WA Museum project has taken visual shape for the first time.

The first conceptual illustration of the interior of the $428 million facility, complete with the famed blue whale skeleton hanging overhead, has been released with the results of a year-long project definition plan to confirm the scope, cost and delivery details before the tender phase."


A Contemporary Design Yields to the Demands of Prehistory

New York Times, 24 June 2014


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — "The Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has modified his grand plans to transform the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, altering the shape of his building to stretch across bustling Wilshire Boulevard and away from the neighboring La Brea Tar Pits, according to renderings provided by the museum on Tuesday. Critics of the original design had raised environmental concerns, saying it would have cast a shadow over tar pits rich with Ice Age fossils.

The proposed exhibition hall, which would replace four aging buildings if approved by Los Angeles County, has been compared to a water lily, an ink stain and a Jean Arp sculpture for its free-form, organic shape. Now it is acting more amoebalike, squeezing into a new space across Wilshire that is now a parking lot."


Royal Alberta Museum construction in Edmonton moving ahead quickly

Metro, 23 June 2014


EDMONTON, ALBERTA — "Steel should begin to rise from the new Royal Alberta Museum site by the end of this summer, which is just a small part of the nearly $5 billion the government is spending on capital projects this year. Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk spoke at a media event Monday and detailed the plan, as well as outlining the progress on the museum.

Klimchuk said the capital plan, which includes, roads, bridges, hospital and schools, is about preparing for the future, as Alberta continues to grow."


Dubai Culture highlights Al Maktoum Hospital Museum’s crowdsourcing initiative at ‘Museum Next’

Albawaba.com, 22 June 2014


DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — "The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage, highlighted the differentials of Al Maktoum Hospital Museum, a first-of-its-kind tribute to one of Dubai’s oldest hospitals, at ‘Museum Next,’ Europe’s biggest conference on innovation and technology in museums.

‘Museum Next,’ held in Newcastle, UK, brought together the leading themes, trends, and related best practices with the aim of providing a clear insight into how innovation and technology that are shaping institutions and the world around us, enabling visitors to gain an understanding of what truly sets Al Maktoum Hospital Museum apart. "

[see also:  Dubai Culture unveils ‘Al Maktoum Hospital Museum,’ a tribute to modern medicine, Albawaba.com, 18 May 2014 and Dubai Culture launches ‘Bank of Healing Words’ for Al Maktoum Hospital Museum, Albawaba.com, 18 May 2014]


Exposition universelle de Milan : Grontmij et XTU participent au projet de pavillon français

Batiactu.com, 20 juin 2014


FRANCE — " FranceAgriMer a choisi le groupement XTU (architectes mandataires), CMC (entreprise italienne de construction mandataire) et Grontmij Sechaud Bossuyt (ingénierie) pour mener à bien la conception et la réalisation du futur pavillon de la France à l'exposition universelle de Milan de 2015. "


100-day countdown begins today for CMHR opening

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights, 12 June 2014


WINNIPEG, MANITOBA — "Today marks 100 days until the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) opens its doors to the public as Canada’s new national museum on September 20, 2014.

As part of an ongoing national awareness campaign, new video spots have begun airing nationwide, promoting the CMHR as a stunning travel destination and global hub of human rights education. A media event was held today in the Museum classrooms to showcase the videos and the local talent behind them."


National Holocaust Monument, the first of its kind in Canada, will open in Ottawa 2015

National Post, 10 June 2014


OTTAWA, ONTARIO — "There was no hesitation on Fran Sonshine’s part when she was asked by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to help raise money for Canada’s first Holocaust monument.

The cause is a personal one for Ms. Sonshine, the daughter of two survivors herself. “We grew up with it,” said the Toronto resident. “It’s now our turn to tell the story.”

It’s been nearly 70 years since the tragedy, during which about 11 million people were murdered.

But like Ms. Sonshine’s parents, many survivors have since passed on, withering away the direct link of today’s younger generation to those who experienced the atrocity.

“Unfortunately the time is ticking,” she said. “Our survivors are going. There’s less and less of them. The direct discussion and storytelling is going to have to be done differently.”

The National Holocaust Monument will be the first of its kind in Canada, and will open in Ottawa in the fall of 2015."

[see also: Monument national de l'Holocauste du Canada à Ottawa : voyage dans l'étoile..., Le courrier de l'architecte, 18 June 2014]


Museum of the American Revolution Reveals Detailed Exhibit Plans, Overview of Museum Experience Designed to Engage in our Heritage

Museum of American Revolution Press Releases, 9 June 2014


PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA —  “The Museum of the American Revolution today announced details of its exhibition plans, which will bring to life the events, people and ideals of the founding of the United States and inspire a deep appreciation of the importance of the struggle that created American democracy.

The Museum of the American Revolution will soon be under construction in the “cradle of liberty” that is historic Philadelphia. When it opens in late 2016, visitors will have opportunities to join the Sons of Liberty under a life-sized Liberty Tree, board the deck of a privateer ship, experience the sensation of being on the front line of battle, and stand in the presence of original weapons, letters, and other objects from the era. With original artifacts, immersive galleries, dynamic theaters and large-scale tableaux, the experience will take visitors on a chronological journey from the roots of conflict in the 1760s to the rise of armed resistance, and from the bold Declaration of Independence of 1776 through the long years of warfare that achieved victory.”


A Museum Devoted to Movies Is Still Writing Its Own Script

The New York Times, 9 June 2014


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA  — “In the dim light of a gutted department store, through the dust of nearby construction, Kerry Brougher sees a flickering movie future filled with “hundreds of different cinemas.” For tiny screens. Vast ones. Theaters yet to be conceived.

His problem now is to fit an art form that is already bursting through old walls into a new film museum that is being developed on the grounds of the old May Company department store on Wilshire Boulevard here. Beginning on July 1, Mr. Brougher — until recently the interim director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington — will take charge of a still aborning Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, as its first director.”


Le Mucem a-t-il changé Marseille?

La Provence, 5 juin 2014


MARSEILLE, FRANCE — "Un an après son démarrage, l'équipement culturel bat des records de fréquentation et attire des initiatives dans son sillage "


Fundraising nets $400K for Cape Dorset Cultural Centre

CBC News, 3 June 2014


CAPE DORSET, ONTARIO — "A major fundraiser was held in Toronto last week for a new cultural centre and print shop in Cape Dorset.

The planned building would be 10,000 square feet and will be named after the renowned Cape Dorset artist Kenojuak Ashevak, who died in 2013. Jimmy Manning is president of the Inuit Art Foundation and a former manager of the print shop."


Les contours du M+ Museum se dessinent

AMA, 27 mai 2014


HONG KONG — "Conçu par le cabinet d’architectes Herzog & de Meuron, le nouveau musée M+ célébrant les arts visuels des XX et XXIe siècles devrait être achevé fin 2017.  Art pictural, design, architecture et art filmographique d’origine hongkongaise, chinoise et internationale y seront mis à l’honneur."


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Baltimore Museum of Art Reopens Main Entrance After Over 30 Years

Artnet, 25 June 2014


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — "Just in time for its 100th anniversary, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will reopen both its newly renovated American wing and its historic neoclassical main Merrick entrance, designed by American architect John Russell Pope, on November 23. Both are major milestones in the museum’s ongoing $28 million renovation project.

Since 1982, visitors to the institution have been entering through the lobby in at-the-time recently-constructed and more handicapped-accessible east wing (the Zamoiski east entrance, lobby, and gift shop have also been dramatically redesigned as part of the current construction work and will reopen in late September or early October). Now, on the occasion of the museum’s centenary, the BMA will fling open the front doors once more, providing more direct access to the American wing."


Delta Airlines opens a flight museum in Atlanta

Examiner, 25 June 2014


ATLANTA, GEORGIA — "A bright day for American aviation history: Delta Air Lines celebrated the grand opening of the new Delta Flight Museum, a 68,000 square-foot facility located at the airline's world headquarters in Atlanta. The museum traces Delta's history and the development of commercial aviation. The grand opening event marked Delta's 85th anniversary of passenger service, dating back to its first passenger flight from Dallas to Jackson, Miss., on June 17, 1929."


Museum, art gallery to share common entrance

The Windor Star, 25 June 2014


WINDSOR, ONTARIO — "The city’s new museum to be housed on the main floor of the Art Gallery of Windsor will share a common welcome desk and entrance with the gallery, the city committee overseeing the project decided Wednesday.

Three preferred layouts were presented to the Museum Project Steering Committee by architect Doron Meinhard of Hariri Pontarini Architects of Toronto, who have also overseen renovations at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The chosen layout will see the main entrance to the dual building remain at the south side, with access to the art gallery on the second and third floors gained through a long corridor to the building’s elevator."


Montpellier vote l’abandon du projet de musée de l’Histoire de la France et de l’Algérie

Le Journal des Arts, 23 juin 2014


MONTPELLIER, FRANCE — " Le conseil d’agglomération de Montpellier, réuni le 19 juin afin de délibérer sur le projet de Musée de l’Histoire de la France et de l’Algérie s’est prononcé en sa défaveur. "


Roerich to go van Gogh way

Business Standard, 22 June 2014


BANGALORE, INDIA — "A concept plan is being finalised for establishing the Svetoslav Roerich and Devika Rani International Museum in the Tataguni estate near Bangalore.

Attracted by the Himalayas, Svetoslav Roerich and his multi-faceted father Nicholas Roerich, both renowned Russian painters, had made India their home. They comfortably settled in to become part of the country’s cultural milieu.

Svetoslav later came to Bangalore and settled down at the Tataguni estate. He married popular Bengali and Hindi film actress Devika Rani, the then first lady of the Indian silver screen, who was the grand-niece of famous Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore."


Sing Sing's power plant could become prison museum

The New Zealand Herald, 22 June 2014


OSSINING, NEW YORK — "An old power plant at Sing Sing that once supplied the juice for the electric chair is being eyed as the site for a museum dedicated to the infamous prison.

Supporters envision thousands of tourists streaming "up the river" from New York to see artifacts including "Old Sparky," as the chair was known; a metal "head cage" used when prisoners were transported; and a display of prisoners' weapons, from axes made in metal shop to shivs fashioned from plastic forks.


‘Sing Sing is a brand name,’ said John Wunderlich, president of the Ossining Historical Society Museum. ‘You go anywhere in this country, in Europe even, everybody's heard of Sing Sing.’”


Monterey Pass museum construction nearly complete

Herald-Mail Media, 22 June 2014


BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, PENSYLVANIA. — “John Miller walks around the Battle of Monterey Pass’ new, but empty, museum and motions with his arms to describe his vision.

In one section will be signage and displays about the fighting soldier of the Civil War. Other sections will feature the “summer of crisis” in 1863, the Battle of Monterey Pass and the Union pursuit that followed the battle.

A timeline wrapped around the ceiling trim will detail to visitors what happened in the Civil War from June 15 to July 14, 1863."


Wordsley glass museum on track as plan and cash come together

Stourbridge News, 19 June 2014


STOURBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM — "AMBITIOUS proposals to turn a derelict Wordsley glassworks site into a glittering new museum are moving ahead as the project has scooped over £1million in funding and a plan for the first phase has now been submitted.

Complex Development Projects has been working with the British Glass Foundation on plans to transform the listed former Stuart Crystal factory site into a world glass centre for the last few years.

An application by Morris Homes for 48 new homes on part of the site was approved 12 months ago and described as a key part of making the £5.5million museum scheme viable."


Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum moves ahead on update, expansion after $15 million raised

Daily Reporter, 19 June 2014


DETROIT, MICHIGAN — “The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids will move forward with a planned expansion after a foundation raised $15 million for the project, officials said Thursday.

update came from those involved in the project including the late president's son Steven Ford, who is ending his term as chairman of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. He's being succeeded by Red Cavaney, who served on President Ford's White House staff.

Steven Ford and Cavaney said the project will build an 8,000-square-foot student learning center and create interactive exhibits at the museum in Grand Rapids. The foundation will move ahead with design plans as well as the revamped permanent exhibits. The museum is expected to announce a date for the groundbreaking date in the coming months.”


World War Two secrets go on display at Bletchley Park

BBC News, 18 June 2014


MILTON KEYNES, UNITED KINGDOM — "During World War Two, Bletchley Park was the top secret home for Britain's codebreakers.

A new museum, unveiled by the Duchess of Cambridge, showcases the work carried out by codebreakers who helped shorten the war by cracking messages from Germany's Enigma machines.

Gordon Corera reports from the ramshackle huts that have been given a new lease of life to house the new museum. "


Soseki museum planned at author's former home in Tokyo's Shinjuku

The Asahi Shimbun, 13 June 2014


TOKYO, JAPAN — "Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward is seeking donations to build a museum dedicated to famed Meiji Era (1868-1912) writer Natsume Soseki that will be built at the former site of his residence.

Construction on the Soseki Sanbo memorial museum is set to start in fiscal 2015 in the Waseda-Minamicho district of the ward, where the author spent the last nine years of his life."


Telegraph Museum Porthcurno reopens after £2.5m refit

BBC News, 14 June 2014


CORNWALL, UNITED KINGDOM —"A Cornish museum has reopened after a £2.5m refit.

The Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, in West Cornwall, has been closed for nine months to create new exhibitions and better access for visitors.

The museum was the British hub for international cable communications from 1870-1970.

A number of organisations and trusts have paid for the redevelopment including £1.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Frick Collection Plans Dramatic Expansion

Art in America, 10 June 2014


NEW YORK, UNITED STATES — "Long thought of as a museum where little changes, New York's Frick Collection has announced plans for an extensive expansion and renovation to its museum and library.

The plan, including construction of a six-story building on East 70th Street, is pending public reviews by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and other authorities, according to the museum. If approved, construction, during which the museum and library are anticipated to remain open, will begin in spring 2017, with completion projected for 2020. The museum declined to reveal the projected cost of the expansion, which would follow the Beaux-Arts style of the current building."


Bid for Schwitters barn to become art museum

Westmorland Gazette, 5 June 2014


AMBLESIDE, UNITED KINGDOM —"Kurt Schwitters, the German artist who fled to South Lakeland to escape the Nazis, has inspired plans for a £1million tourist attraction in Ambleside.

The remains of his ‘Merz Barn’ could be given a major overhaul to convert it into a rural art museum.

The building – a farm shed in Great Langdale – was Schwitters’ studio while he was living as a refugee in the area, and he turned it into an architectural ‘installation’ which came to be regarded as one of the great pioneering pieces of modern art."


One of Mexico’s largest aquariums launched by billionaire Carlos Slim

Attractions Management, 4 June 2014


MEXICO CITY, MEXICO —"The world’s second richest man, Carlos Slim, is poised to open a four-storey underground aquarium in Mexico City at a cost of approximately MX$250m (US$20m, €14.6m, £11.9m).

The 37,700sq ft (3,500sq m) Inbursa Aquarium is home to 5,000 marine animals (eventually to increase to 10,000) and features 230 different species (to increase to 307) of sea creatures, split across twelve different ecological zones through its 48 showrooms and five big tanks."


New truck museum planned

The Southland Times, 4 June 2014


INVERCARGILL, NEW ZEALAND — "A rare collection of early Fords from Darwin has propelled the development of a massive art deco-style museum in Invercargill.

The H W Richardson Group applied last month for consent to build its 5333-square-metre building, submitting plans and conceptual designs for its Bill Richardson Truck Museum to the city council.

H W Richardson Group director and Bill Richardson's daughter Jocelyn O'Donnell said her father had always hoped his collection would be loved and, after the Australian purchase, a museum seemed to be the next logical step."


Landmark may be museum again

Radio New Zealand News, 4 June 2014


WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND — "The Government is considering buying back the Dominion Museum building in Wellington to turn it into a war museum.

The museum opened in 1936 and housed the National Museum and Art Gallery until 1996, when both were relocated to Te Papa.

The Buckle Street building is now jointly owned by Massey University and the Wellington Tenths Trust.

Former Chief of Defence Force Rhys Jones is carrying out a feasibility study behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage on whether the building should be repurchased."


Le Musée Russe va ouvrir en 2015 une antenne à Malaga

Le Journal des Arts, 30 mai 2014


MALAGA, ESPAGNE — " La ville de Malaga accueillera en 2015 une annexe du Musée Russe. En même temps que l’ouverture du premier Centre Pompidou Provisoire. "


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HOK Unveils Obama Presidential Library Plans; Seeks To Expand Museum Campus South To Bronzeville

Curbed Chicago, 25 june 2014


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, "Architectural heavyweight HOK has just unveiled its design for the Obama Presidential Library. Although several institutions in Chicago have submitted their own bids for the new museum and library, the global architecture and engineering office states that it submitted this design in coordination with the Museum Campus Foundation, which is an organization comprised of a number of community groups located in Bronzeville. Headed by architect Peter Ruggiero, the proposal is comprised of a large campus that seeks to expand the city's Museum Campus south towards Bronzeville. Citing Chicago city planner Daniel Burnham as an inspiration, the team echoes the famous "make no small plans" quote and believes that this proposal would be a "comprehensive and bold" addition to Chicago.”


Phil Freelon Designs New National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta

Yahoo News, 24 June 2014


ATLANTA, GEORGIA - "The highly anticipated National Center for Civil and Human Rights, designed by architect Phil Freelon in collaboration with architect of record HOK, has opened in downtown Atlanta. The Center presents visitors with the evolving global human and civil rights story experienced through a seamless integration of the building’s architecture and exhibits.

The Freelon/HOK team was selected following an international design competition that included competing entries produced by some of the world’s best known architects. The Center’s final design evolved from the winning entry and reflects The Center’s powerful vision of inspiring individual action by inviting visitors to reflect on how they can help create a more just and humane future for all."


MET Studio to masterplan and design three galleries at Museo de Ciencias Ambientales

World Architecture News, 20 June 2014


MEXICO — "It has been confirmed that international experiential design practice MET Studio will create three of the six galleries for the Museo de Ciencias Ambientales (MCA) near the University of Guadalajara in Western Mexico. The team will also be responsible for masterplanning the site in a joint venture with Academy Studios. Three additional galleries will be designed by New York-based Thinc."


1,350 sq m complex for science, arts and business centres on 3D full dome theatre

World Architecture News, 19 June 2014


GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS — "The first full dome digital theatre in The Netherlands has opened to the public in Groningen. Initiated by Professor Edwin A. Valentijn (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute at the University of Groningen) and headed by design studio Architectengroep Archiview, the 1,350 sq m Infoversum provides an immersive experience for science, arts and business professionals, as well as the wider public.

At the core of the development is an immense dome theatre with 265 seats, supported by an entryway and foyer with associated exhibitions. Visitors enter the complex through a fissure in the Corten steel shell and access the ‘Infodome’ via a ramp. This metal ‘eye’ hosts a 20m-wide screen onto which 3D films are projected. This system is one of only twenty in the world and is the first full dome digital theatre in The Netherlands."


Fumihiko Maki designs China's "first major museum of design"

De Zeen Magazine, 18 June 2014


GUANGDONG, CHINA — "News: the V&A Museum will collaborate with developer China Merchants Group on content for the Shekou Museum in Shenzhen designed by Tokyo architect Fumihiko Maki.

The Japanese architect, who was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1993, unveiled models of the museum to coincide with the formal signing of an agreement between the V&A and the Chinese development company.

The developers and the V&A claim it will be China's first major design institution, pipping to the post the Herzog & de Meuron-designed M+ museum of visual culture in Hong Kong, which is scheduled to complete in 2017."


NL Architects Chosen to Design Arnhem’s ArtA Center

Arch Daily, 17 June 2014


ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS — "Amsterdam-based firm NL Architects have been selected to design Arnhem‘s new ArtA Center, a new public arts cluster that will house the Arnhem Museum and Focus Cinema. Coming out on top in a shortlist which included BIG, Kengo Kuma & Associates and SO-IL, NL Architects’ terraced design features a rooftop urban park with views over the Rhine, subterranean movie halls and an adaptable, open plan stepped museum.

The jury’s decision commends the design for the way it “radiates enthusiasm”, and the “simple and clear” concept, as well as praising the “inventive and innovative” mentality of the architects."


Live from Amsterdam: Pritzker Prize Award Ceremony with Shigeru Ban

Arch Daily, 13 June 2014


AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — "The 2014 Pritzker Prize Ceremony to honor laureate Shigeru Ban is taking place today in Amsterdam at 17:00 UCT.

The ceremony will occur outside of the recently re-opened Rijksmuseum. Speakers will include Martha Thorne (Executive Director of the Prize), Eberhard van der Laan (Mayor of Amsterdam), Lord Palumbo (Chairman of the Prize), Tom Pritzker (Preisdent of the Hyatt Foundation), and the 2014 Laureate Shigeru Ban."


Bjarke Ingels unveils spiralling museum for Swiss watchmaker

de zeen magazine, 13 June 2014


VALLÉE DE JOUX, SWITZERLAND — "Danish firm BIG has been commissioned to expand the headquarters of Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet by adding a spiralling museum that coils up from the landscape (+ slideshow).

The Maison des Fondateurs will be located at Audemars Piguet's historic workshop complex in Vallée de Joux, western Switzerland, where the company has been based since its establishment in 1875. Bjarke Ingels' firm will give the complex a new visitor attraction."

[see also: Luxury Swiss watchmaker selects design team for Maison des Fondateurs museum, World Architecture News, 13 June 2014]


Dessine-moi un musée...

Les Echos.fr, 13 juin 2014


FRANCE— "Comment met-on en valeur l'art aujourd'hui ? Depuis la forme du sandwich proposé à la cafétéria jusqu'à la taille de la vitrine accordée à une poterie ancienne, les patrons de musée, conservateurs et architectes racontent comment on exhibe l'art au XXIe  siècle. "


Queenstown, NZ, the latest addition to China's growing 'duplitecture' culture

Attractions Management, 12 June 2014


CHINA — "China’s latest piece of ‘duplitecture’ – architectural replicas of tourist areas and attractions around the world – will be a CN¥10.8bn (US$1.7bn, €1.3bn, £1bn) recreation of Queenstown in New Zealand, alongside imitations of Davos in Switzerland and a Scottish-style town.

The planned ski resort will be built with a “Queenstown-type feel” and will sit near another “mini-Queenstown” which will feature a scenic man-made blue lake, ski fields, a forest train, alpine pastures, attractions and theme parks.

Details on the Scottish town and Davos replica are yet to be announced, with developers currently seeking architects for each project."


Museum's Architecture and Design Center to Open This November

KMIR News, 11 June 2014


PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA — "The Palm Springs Art Museum announced today that its architecture and design center, which will be housed in a 1960s bank building, will open in November.

The Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion will house exhibits, programs, research space and storage for the museum's architecture and design collections and archives. The unveiling is slated for Nov. 9, according to museum spokesman Bob Bogard."


Coffey Architects win bid to create London’s Science Museum Research Center

Gizmag, 11 June 2014


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — "A new library and research facilities are at the center of refurbishment plans for the London Science Museum. The commission to refurbish around 400 square meters (4305 sq ft) of space on the ground floor and mezzanine levels was recently awarded to Coffey Architects. As well as providing space for research and study, the new facility will allow access to more than half a million sources contained in the Wroughton Library, including archives and original materials."


La Biennale d’architecture de Venise revisite la modernité

Lemoniteur.fr, 10 juin 2014


VENICE, ITALIE  — "Entre retour aux fondamentaux de l’architecture et relecture critique du Mouvement moderne, l’édition 2014 de la Biennale de Venise revisite, jusqu’au 23 novembre, les arcanes de la discipline à la lumière des enseignements du passé... "


V&A announces local partners for grain silo museum construction

My Community, 30 May 2014


CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — "The  V&A Waterfront hosted the official ground-breaking ceremony at the old Grain Silo yesterday and announced our new local partners for the construction of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.

V&A announces local partners for grain silo museum construction

The V&A Waterfront's historical grain silos took a step forward to becoming the permanent home of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA). At the official ground breaking today the V&A announced the local partners that will work alongside renowned British designer Thomas Heatherwick's team in the R500 million transformation"


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Revealed: How Minecraft can get more kids into museums and galleries

Leisure Opportunities, 24 June 2014


UNITED KINGDOM — “The online phenomenon known as Minecraft has been highlighted as a method of getting more children interested in museums and galleries.

Adam Clarke of The Common People offered ways in which Minecraft – a sandbox indie game which allows players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D generated world – could be used to educate children and simultaneously get them interested in museums and galleries worldwide.

A forefront creator within the online Minecraft community, Clarke has instigated numerous groundbreaking Minecraft projects and is widely involved in the use of Minecraft within cultural, heritage and educational settings.”


New tech, innovations and trends revealed at MuseumNext

Leisure Opportunities, 20 June 2014


NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM — "Delegates met at Newcastle, UK’s Sage Gateshead for MuseumNext – Europe’s biggest conference on industry innovation and technology – to explore ways of engaging visitors with new technology and industry trends.

“It’s all about the connection with the object beyond the four walls of a museum,” said Antenna International’s Jessica Taylor, during Friday’s (20 June) keynote address at the two-day event."


Abu Dhabi Science Centre aims to get kids interested in science

Attractions Management, 13 June 2014


ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES —" Plans for a new science centre to be built in Abu Dhabi have been revealed by the country’s Technology Development Committee (TDC), offering more than 200 interactive exhibits in an effort to get more young children interested in science.

Opening in 2016, the state-of-the-art facility – located in Masdar City adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport – features a planetarium, water play area and seven signature galleries for exhibitions as well as teaching spaces."


49ers museum revealed ahead of US$1.2bn Levi's Stadium opening

Attractions Management, June 2014


SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA —"The San Francisco 49ers American football side has released a raft of new details ahead of the scheduled opening of the team’s new US$1.2bn (€881m, £715m) Levi’s Stadium, including a new museum dedicated to the team. As the project nears completion, the team has revealed details of a 20,000sq ft (1,858sq m) 49ers Museum, which will be open daily and will give fans the chance to use a pass-and-kick simulator, recall historic plays and make use of an Xbox Kinect system to mimic moves made by players and cheerleaders.”


Ami Drach and Dov Ganchrow recreate Stone Age tools with 3D-printed handles

de zeen magazine, 8 June 2014


TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — "Designers Ami Drach and Dov Ganchrow have created a range of 3D-printed handles to give the ancient multipurpose hand-axe a series of specific functions (+ slideshow).

The hand-axe is a prehistoric teardrop-shaped stone tool that was intentionally chipped from both sides into a symmetrical form. It is likely to have been used as a "one size fits all" tool for a variety of purposes including skinning animals, preparing food and as a dagger for over 1.4 million years across Europe, Asia, Africa and North America"


Chinese company planning full-size CN¥1bn Titanic replica attraction 

Attractions Management, 3 June 2014


CHINA — "A Chinese company will spend CN¥1bn (US$160m, €177.6m, £95.4m) on building a full-scale Titanic replica to be permanently moored in the Qijiang river, Sichuan province, China.

The replica ship will be exactly the same size as the original - 269m (882ft) long and 28m (92ft) wide - and will be permanently docked in a reservoir as part of a tourism resort. 
The ship, which will be based on the original ship rather than the computer-generated model from the 1997 movie, will include a high-tech simulation cockpit, where visitors can experience the moment when the original Titanic met its fate by crashing into an iceberg."


Elmbridge Museum goes online as Weybridge gallery shuts

BBC News, 1 June 2014


SURREY, UNITED KINGDOM — "A permanent museum gallery in Surrey has closed and its collection of 40,000 artefacts can now be viewed online.

Elmbridge Museum said its "museum without walls" initiative would provide its services in a "more accessible, relevant and cost-effective" way.

The last day to visit the gallery in Weybridge was on Saturday and the website was launched on Sunday.

Elmbridge council said Surrey County Council owned the museum building and would make a decision about its future.

The borough council said the new website offered a brand new interactive online experience that represented the museum as a whole and showcased its services to various audiences."


How Google Glass could change the way we view art

The Independent, 1 June 2014


UNITED KINGDOM — “It is a frustration familiar to anyone who has attended a blockbuster exhibition – the scrummages around the information cards that make it impossible to read about the paintings on show. But the need for sharp elbows at art galleries could soon be a thing of the past thanks to Google Glass spectacles and pioneering research being carried out by British-based scientists .

A team from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is investigating how Google’s new wearable computers can be used to display instant information on artworks as visitors walk round museums, possibly replacing gallery guidebooks and audio guides entirely.”


New Virtual Library Offers over 250 Art Books for Free

The Getty Iris, 21 January 2014


UNITED STATES — “When we launched the Open Content Program last summer and released 4,600 collection images to the public (a number that has since more than doubled), I cited this quote from the most recent museum edition of the NMC Horizon Report: “it is now the mark—and social responsibility—of world-class institutions to develop and share free cultural and educational resources.” This dictum continues to inform our efforts here at the Getty, and today I am very pleased to share with you our latest project in this arena, the Virtual Library: An open, online repository of more than 250 Getty publications from our 45-year publishing history, available as high-quality scans to read online, or to download in their entirety, for free."


Growing a "giant artificial reef" could stop Venice sinking

de zeen magazine


VENICE, ITALY — "Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in the second part of our interview with Rachel Armstrong, the senior University of Greenwich lecturer explains how a synthetic "limestone-like" support structure could be grown underneath Venice to prevent the city's foundations being eroded.

‘The future of Venice really rests on its relationship with the tides,’ Armstrong explains. ‘They digest away the fabric of the city. The idea is to create a giant artificial limestone-like reef. This would spread the point load of the city over a much broader base.’”


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Louis Vuitton chairman announces October opening for his museum

The Art Newspaper, 23 June 2014


PARIS, FRANCE — "Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man and a prolific art collector, will launch the Frank Gehry-designed art centre with three days of free admission

The Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, the €100m Frank Gehry-designed museum in the Bois de Boulogne district, west of Paris, has announced that it will open to the public on 27 October. The French luxury goods group LVMH first unveiled the project in 2006 at the initiative of its chairman Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man and a prolific art collector."

[see also: Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton to open to the public on 27 October 2014, World Architecture News, 24 June 2014]


Comment « consomme-t-on » la culture à l'heure d'Internet?

Le Monde.fr, 23 juin 2014


FRANCE — "Nous vivons une époque paradoxale. Alors qu’il n’a jamais été aussi simple, grâce au numérique, de réserver une place pour un concert, une pièce de théâtre, une exposition ou d’acheter un morceau de musique ; alors qu’il n’a jamais été aussi facile, grâce aux réseaux sociaux et aux sites, de livrer son avis et son commentaire sur un livre lu ou un film vu, l’amateur de pratique culturelle se retrouve souvent... ‘e-perdu'. "


Mauritshuis is the rock super-group of collections

BBC news, 20 June 2014


THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS — "The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis reopens next week in The Hague, after a lengthy expansion project. The unveiling of this renovated 17th century Dutch palace will give visitors a chance to see some of the greatest masterpieces ever produced, reunited under one roof.

The Maurithuis's international strategy during its two-year refurbishment was simple: it would send its remarkable collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings out on a world tour. But only the very, very best would be selected; only the most masterful of its masterpieces."


Glasgow School of Art: Repair bill may cost up to £35m

BBC News, 17 June 2014


GLASGOW, SCOTLAND — "The final cost of repairing Glasgow School of Art's fire-damaged Mackintosh building is likely to be between £20m and £35m, MSPs have been told.

The art school's director, Professor Tom Inns, told Holyrood's education and culture committee that the restoration would probably take up to four years.

He said the cost could be met by government, insurance and donations.

Meanwhile, a £750,000 fund will be made available to students to recreate works they lost in last month's fire.”


Henri Museum New Addition Taking Shape

LEXCH.com, 17 June 2014


COZAD, NEBRASKA. — “There was a saying in the movie Field of Dreams that said, “If you build it, they will come.” In a similar way, construction will bring something wonderful to the Robert Henri Museum in Cozad this summer.

Not only will the addition of the 30 feet by 30 foot project under construction house a new art gallery, but once the addition is completed, a masterpiece by Henri is set to adorn its walls.

The art gallery, which will have a modern heating system that radiates heat from the concrete foundation, is being built to ultimately house the Henri’s masterpiece work, “Queen Mariana”, which is currently on loan to the Mississippi Museum of Art.”


Officials meet in Qatar to discuss heritage in the Arab Peninsula

Attractions Management, 13 June 2014


QATAR — “The two-day symposium, entitled Preserving Cultural Heritage Content Training – A legacy for the future, took place in Qatar’s National Convention Centre and was attended by around 40 delegates. These included senior representatives, professors and librarians from a number of libraries, universities and heritage bodies, including QNL, Qatar University, Kuwait University, King Hamad Digital Library in Bahrain, the California State University in San Francisco and the Library of Congress"


New DTLA Museum Planned for Old Bank District, Literalizes Connection Between Art and Money

Glasstire, 11 June 2014


NEW YORK, UNITED STATES — "It used to be that philanthropists, art collectors, and curators had a hand in founding museums. Now a property developer and an architect want in on the action. The Architect’s Newspaper reports that developer Tom Gilmore and architect Tom Wiscombe are planning to create a sprawling contemporary art museum in three adjacent bank buildings in downtown Los Angeles’ Old Bank District. Its name? The Old Bank District Museum."


Group wants to develop Wilmington Film Museum

WWAYTV3.com, 10 June 2014


WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA — "A non-profit group is spearheading an effort to build a museum devoted to Wilmington's role in the film industry.

According to a news release, the Wilmington Film Museum is a grassroots history project dedicated to the preservation, promotion and education of film and TV history in the Cape Fear area.

Kathleen Gehron, Education Director for the Cape Fear Independent Film Network, says the project is an effort between CFIFN and Jeff Goodwin, a film professional who was concerned that the legacy of the first filmmakers that started out here with Dino De Laurentiis might be lost in time, and a mutual desire to keep the craft of filmmaking alive and remembered in the community."


US$67m Charlie Chaplin museum to open at star's former home

Attractions Management, 4 June 2014


SWITZERLAND —"A CHF60m (US$67m, €49m, £40m) museum dedicated to the life and times of Charlie Chaplin at the former home of the Swiss cinema legend is set to open in 2016.

The currently run-down Manoir de Ban in Corsier sur-Vevey, where Chaplin died in 1977, was purchased by Luxembourgian investment firm Genii Capital in 2008 with the intention of designing a museum."


Ceramic art museum construction to begin

Alfred University News, 4 June 2014


ALFRED, NEW YORK — Construction will begin this month on a $10 million Alfred Museum of Ceramic Art. The University has received a private donation to cover the cost of the new museum, said Charles M. Edmondson, president of Alfred University.

‘The new museum will greatly enhance our educational programs, particularly those in ceramic art, for which we are already internationally known,’ said Edmondson. The University has had a museum of ceramic art for a number of years, but exhibition space has always been limited. ‘For the past 30 years, much of the collection has been in storage because we have not had sufficient space to display many of the objects at the same time.’”


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UNESCO launches pilot phase for South Sudan National Museum

Attractions Management, 23 June 2014


SUDAN, AFRICA — "The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO’s) overarching aim of ‘Building peace in the minds of men and women’, has moved one step further in Africa, with the official launch of the pilot stage of South Sudan's National Museum Project.

Currently in its formative phase, the ‘Travelling Exhibition' project is on tour throughout Eastern Equatoria, Western Equatoria and Western Bahr Ghazal, South Sudan. Head of the country's UNESCO office Salah Khaled said: “Cultural expressions of different kinds, help people understand one another better, overcoming social, ethnic and religious differences”.


Ad Astra: Historical museum to restore Heritage Square Park

The Wichita Eagle, 22 June 2014


WICHITA, KANSAS — "A Wichita park with a historic legacy is going to get a makeover.

The Wichita/Sedgwick County Historical Museum signed a five-year lease with the Wichita Board of Park Commissioners and will restore Heritage Square Park, east of the museum. The museum, 204 S. Main, plans to use the park as a place to host special events, concerts, weddings and perhaps even gallery exhibits.

Museum director Eric Cale said plans call for restoring a statue that used to be in the park but was vandalized. The museum, which has secured $200,000 in pledges for the project, also plans to replace fencing. A completion date for the restoration has not been set.


£2m extension to Free Derry Museum 'ready by 2016'

BBC News, 17 June 2014


LONDONDERRY, IRELAND — "A £2m extension to the Museum of Free Derry is to be completed by January 2016, according to the chairperson of the Bloody Sunday Trust.

The Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) signed off on funding for the museum in 2013.

There had been controversy over an apparent delay in the department confirming its funding."


Basic policy for Ainu cultural center in Hokkaido approved

The Japan News, 17 June 2014


HOKKAIDO, JAPAN —"The government approved at a Friday Cabinet meeting a basic policy for the management of a planned center for Ainu culture in Hokkaido.

Tentatively called the Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony, the center will open to the public in line with the opening of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, according to the plan. The government will speed up work to secure a budget for the center in fiscal 2015, which starts in April next year."


Illinois museums set to receive $20 million for facilities, added exhibits

The Republic, 14 June 2014


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — “Museums throughout Illinois are expecting millions of dollars in grant money to pay for facility improvements and added exhibits.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced Saturday that 47 museums operated by local governments or cities will get $20 million in capital funds. The money comes from a five-year $31 billion capital construction program passed in 2009. The Chicago Democrat says the investment will help museums attract more visitors, boost tourism and create jobs.”


Combined arts center, library possible in Kettering

Dayton Daily News, 13 June 2014


KETTERING, OHIO — “The city of Kettering and Dayton Metro Library could consolidate the Rosewood Arts Centre and the Wilmington-Stroop branch into a single facility as part of the library’s $187 million system-wide building project.

Kettering would fund its portion of the construction from current reserves, and no additional costs would be passed to residents, said Mary Beth Thaman, director of parks, recreation and cultural arts for Kettering. The proposed project would combine the programs Rosewood offers at its current location on Olson Drive with the services Dayton Metro provides at its Kettering branch on Wilmington Pike.”


New national park planned for Penghu

Taipei Times, 6 June 2014


PENGHU — "Four islets south of Penghu County are set to be designated on Sunday as Taiwan’s ninth national park, which will officially open in October, a Ministry of the Interior official said yesterday.

The new park, situated to the east of Wang-an and Cimei islands to the south of the Penghu islands, encompasses Dongji, Dongyuping, Siji and Siyuping islets, as well as their surrounding waters."


New York state parks office unveiling $2M restoration of Hudson Valley mansion's portico

The Republic, 5 June 2014


HYDE PARK, NEW YORK— "New York state parks officials are unveiling a $2 million project at one of the Hudson Valley's great estates from the Gilded Age.

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and parks supporters will gather late Thursday morning at the Staatsburgh State Historic Site in Dutchess County to discuss the project that restored the portico on the east side of the Mills Mansion.

Ogden Mills and his wife, Ruth Livingston Mills, built their mansion in the mid-1890s atop a grassy hill overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains in the town of Hyde Park. The family donated the mansion and estate to New York state in 1938.

State parks officials will talk about upcoming history tours and events being held at Staatsburgh over the next two weekends."


Comment bâtir une métropole culturelle?

Culture-communication.fr, 5 juin 2014


QUÉBEC, CANADA — " Montréal est aujourd’hui une métropole qui compte dans le paysage culturel international. Cependant, il y a une douzaine d’années, rien n’était moins sûr du fait de la compartimentation des secteurs culturels (danse, théâtre, cirque, musées, etc.). Les responsables des institutions culturelles pensaient avant tout au développement de leur secteur propre et non pas à un ensemble plus large à l’échelle de la métropole. "


Owensboro To Build Bluegrass Center

WMKY, 4 June 2014


OWENSBORO, KENTUCKY — "Ground is expected to be broken later this month on the International Bluegrass Music Center in downtown Owensboro. 

The city has already pledged three million dollars to the project and now Daviess County says it’s contributing a total of 500-thousand dollars over the next five years. 

County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly says the music center will be the next step in the development of downtown that already includes the new convention center and two new hotels."


Biodiversity park to come up at historic boat jetty

India.com, 3 June 2014


KERALA, INDIA — "Thiruvananthapuram: A centuries old boat-jetty here, once a major gateway of passenger and cargo transport from and to erstwhile state of Travancore, will soon be converted into a bio-park, showcasing terrestrial biodiversity of Kerala.

Planning is afoot by Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) to renovate the unused Vallakkadavu boat-jetty here and turn it into a biodiversity park, a first of its kind in the state.

The proposed park, planned at the two-story heritage building at the jetty, will comprise an amphi-theatre, exhibits throwing light into the biodiversity hotspots of the state, display of rare seeds and screening-boards showing nature conservation messages "


François Pinault crée une résidence d’artistes à Lens

Connaissances des arts, 3 juin 2014


FRANCE —  " Lundi, la Collection Pinault a annoncé la création d’une nouvelle résidence d’artistes dans la commune de Lens, dans le Pas-de-Calais, à proximité du Louvre-Lens. "


Tourism Ministry mulls turning part of state capital into heritage site
Borneo Post, 1 June 2014


KUCHING, MALAYSIA —  "The Ministry of Tourism will set up a panel of heritage experts to turn a corridor in the old Kuching quarters into a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Minister of Tourism Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said his ministry had identified a stretch starting from Padungan to the Sarawak Museum as the potential corridor.

“Listing these areas as a Unesco World Heritage site will take a considerable amount of time. We are however fortunate that these areas comply with all the criteria set by Unesco,” said Abang Johari at a press conference during a welfare visit at Kampung Masjid yesterday."


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