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PARIS, FRANCE —" Fondée en 864, la Monnaie de Paris (6 earrondissement) est à la fois la plus ancienne institution française et la plus ancienne manufacture parisienne. Au XVIIIe siècle, le site fut entièrement repensé et rebâti par l'architecte Jacques Denis Antoine, qui articule alors un bâtiment de prestige, le Palais Conti, et une manufacture.
Côté palais, le monumental escalier, situé à la droite du porche d’entrée, va retrouver la lumière zénithale de ses origines. Il mène directement au premier étage de l’aile est (à gauche sur le plan), qui ouvre sur la grandiose salle Guillaume-Dupré."
Lordculture, the European office of Lord Cultural Resources, has played a significant role in this major project. Since the inception of the project, Lordculture has assisted the Monnaie de Paris in developing the cultural strategy, multi-media concept, positioning, functional program, public program, operational plan and interpretive plan. The firm also provided recruitment services for the Director of Cultural Programs and ongoing recruitment for key cultural positions and worked on content development and the exhibition design for the museum and temporary exhibitions.
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BBC News, 27 October 2014
KENT, UNITED KINGDOM — "A touring exhibition celebrating Kent and Medway's connections with the Magna Carta has been awarded £81,000 in Heritage Lottery Funding. Visit Kent will be given the money for an audio-visual display, which will be staged in Faversham, Canterbury, Maidstone and Rochester during 2015. It will feature a Magna Carta copy issued to barons of Faversham in 1300."
Lord Cultural Resources has been engaged by Magna Carta Canada to develop, design, oversee fabrication and act as tour manager for the exhibition. Commencing in Summer 2015 the tour will visit select venues across Canada.
BBC News, 30 September 2014
SALISBURY, UNITED KINGDOM — "Salisbury Cathedral has been awarded £415,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta in 2015. The cathedral is home to one of the four surviving original Magna Carta. The peace treaty is seen as the cornerstone of the development of constitutional law in England. The money will pay for a new permanent exhibition of the original 1215 document in the chapter house using interactive stations and film. Magna Carta was agreed at Runnymede in 1215 and outlined basic rights with the principle that no-one was above the law, including the king."
Metro News, 20 October 2014
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA — "The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax will be closed over the next six months to update current exhibits, and make room for the new stories of immigrants across the country. Marie Chapman, museum CEO, said when they became a national museum in 2011 their mandate shifted to telling the whole story of Canadian immigration, not just Pier 21, so now there’s 'a lot more to talk about.' Starting this Saturday until May 2015, the museum will undergo renovations to overhaul the current Pier 21 exhibit and install the national one where the rental hall is now, Chapman said. A new rental space will be built behind the Canadian exhibit. The project will be funded through the federal government, who promised $25 million over five years to upgrade the museum. Immigration is an ongoing part of our history and future in Canada, Chapman said, so part of the exhibit will be “evergreen” and they can add or change things as the years go on."
In 2010, Lord Cultural Resources completed an interpretive master plan that identified a roadmap for achieving the Museum’s expanded mandate. In 2011, the firm was further contracted to provide planning and design for the Canada Day 1 travelling exhibition in partnership with Kubik who provided fabrication services. Lord is currently engaged by the Museum to manage the design and fabrication of the new permanent exhibition, as well as lead the content development process for some 20,000 square feet of new exhibition. The exhibitions will be located in the historic refurbished pier, where 1000s of immigrants entered Canada. In order to facilitate this expansion, Lord provided the architects with the systems and standards required to ensure that all display spaces met the museum standards for environmental controls.
Idaho Statesman, 20 October 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — "The Smithsonian Institution has embarked on a major campaign to raise $1.5 billion and increase private support for the world's largest museum and research complex to fund programs in history, science, art and culture. The Smithsonian's Board of Regents announced the goal Monday and revealed more than $1 billion already has been raised in a quiet phase since October 2011. This is the first institution-wide fundraising effort and the largest campaign in history for any cultural institution, Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough said. The campaign will continue through 2017."
Lord Cultural Resources worked for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture leading the national public engagement process, the establishment of general museum and facility requirements, the development of a functional strategy, collections analysis, preparation for collections storage and operations planning. The firm also provided content development and communications services as part of the winning team of Ralph Appelbaum Associates for the exhibition design for the new museum. Moreover, the firm was engaged for concept development for the Resource Library.
Lord Cultural Resources was also contracted to complete interpretive planning and concept design services for the new exhibition for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Actualities, 17 Octombre
LORIENT, FRANCE — "La Cité de la Voile, depuis son ouverture, a vécu au rythme des expositions temporaires annuelles, des événements nautiques organisés à ses portes, des multiples opérations des entreprises qui l'ont choisie pour valoriser leur image. Elle a pleinement joué son rôle d'ambassadeur du pays de Lorient et de la Bretagne par sa thématique unique, son architecture étonnante et sa notoriété. Il s'avérait nécessaire de faire évoluer ses contenus, conformément au cycle de vie normal d'un équipement muséographique de ce type : les sujets traités évoluent, les records sont battus, l'innovation en matière de nautisme progresse de façon exponentielle et les visiteurs attendent toujours plus d'interactivité. La "version 2" de la Cité de la Voile ouvrira en mai 2015 et proposera de nouveaux concepts ingénieux, modernes et interactifs : nombreuses manipulations, films, simulateurs 4D, espace jeux enfants 3-6 ans, nouvel espace consacré à Éric Tabarly... Plus d'émotions, plus de sensations ! "
Lordculture - the Europrean office of Lord Cultural Resources - has been mandated by Cap Lorient to facilitate a programming study in order to renew the exhibition design and the general tour experience at the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly.
Nice Premium, 16 Octombre, 2014
NICE, FRANCE — "Le 27 juin dernier, le musée National du Sport avait ouvert ses portes à Nice au coeur de l'Allianz Riviera. Plus de 45 objets et 400 000 documents , forment l'une des plus grandes collections au monde. Hier, le Ministre Patrick Kanner, accompagné par le secrétaire d’Etat Thierry Braillard, du Préfet Adolphe Colrat, des présidents des collectivités Michel Vauzelle, Eric Ciotti et Christian Estrosi et en présence des parlementaires et élus locaux, l’a officiellement inauguré.
Conçu par l’architecte Jean-Michel Wilmotte , l’ensemble qui s’étend sur 4 800 m2 est rythmé par des moments forts qui mettent en regard les collections du Musée et des évènements de l’histoire du sport."
In collaboration with Vinci Construction and Wilmotte Achitecte, Lordculture - the Europrean office of Lord Cultural Resources - developed the concept and the design of the permanent exhibition and lobby of the National Sports Museum.
Business Vancouver, 6 October 2014
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — "Whistler’s Audain Art Museum (AAM) in Whistler has received its first major art donation from someone other than its founders. Vancouver art collectors Jacques Barbeau and his wife Marguerite Owen have agreed to allow 15 of their approximately 80 paintings by B.C. artist E.J. Hughes to hang on a 30-year lease at the under-construction, $30 million Audain museum, which will focus on B.C. art. Vancouver developer, art collector and founder Michael Audain and his wife Yoshi Karasawa are spending upwards of $30 million to build the museum, which will have a gallery dedicated to Hughes. That gallery will include both the art donated by Barbeau and Owen as well as at least four pieces that Audain and Karasawa own."
Lord Cultural Resources provided space planning and business planning services to the planning team and subsequently continued to provide advisory services to the Patkau Architects through the design and development phases of the project.
WorldPress.com, 30 October 2014
VIENNA, AUSTRIA — "Just in time for Halloween on Friday and a weekend devoted to the dead, Vienna's unashamedly morbid Funeral Museum is now closer to the action: the Austrian capital's huge Central Cemetery. In a city with a singular attitude to kicking the bucket – ‘Death himself must be a Viennese,’ one local song says -- the ‘Bestattungsmuseum’ was the world's first of its kind when it first opened in 1967. This month it reopened, updated for the digital age, in new premises at the Zentralfriedhof, the second-largest cemetery in Europe by surface area. But with some three million ‘inhabitants’, the graveyard is the biggest by number of interred."
U-T San Diego, 28 October 2014
WARSAW, POLAND — "The presidents of Poland and Israel on Tuesday joined Holocaust survivors for the formal opening of a multimedia museum that tells the 1,000-year history of Jewish life in Poland. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, on his first foreign trip as president, and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski attended the open-air ceremony at the neighboring monument that honors fighters of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Speaking in Hebrew, Rivlin said he came as the 10th president of Israel and a son of builders of the State of Israel."
[see also: Polish museum celebrates 1,000 years of Jewish life. BBC News, 26 October 2014]
Bloomberg Business Week, 28 October 2014
PARIS, FRANCE — "The much-anticipated Louis Vuitton Foundation (Fondation Louis-Vuitton), in Paris, is now open to the public. The massive museum for contemporary art, designed by Frank Gehry, is a spectacle: The gallery spaces are contained in cement blocks covered by massive, curved pieces of glass. Set in a public park in the Bois de Boulogne in the western part of the city, the structure seems to alight on the earth like a spaceship from the future."
[see also An Architect’s Big Parisian Moment, The New York Times, October 20, 2014]
Leisure Management, 28 Oct 2014
FINLAND — "The new wing of the Contemporary Art Museum Gösta Serlachius in Finland, designed by Spanish architectural firm MX_SI, has been opened after three years of planning and development. MX_SI won a competition back in 2011 to design and build the extension for the visitor attraction in Mänttä, which is now a fully functioning part of the museum, playing host to the new entrance, foyer, restaurant, conservation facilities and a shop. Constructed from locally sourced spruce, which has been laminated to create a sturdy framework, the structure blends into the surrounding landscape and aims to have minimal visual impact."
Leisure Management, 28 Oct 2014
DENMARK — "Denmark’s Moesgaard Museum – which is dedicated to the country’s archaeology and ethnography – is open to the public once more after completing a move across the city of Aarhus into its new £41m (US$66m, €52m) home. The new structure incorporates a distinctive sloping grass-covered roof on which visitors can relax both before and after their museum visit. The institute has relocated from its former site in the suburb of Højbjerg to nearby Skåde, with the Danish firms Henning Larsen Architects and Kristine Jensen Landscape Architects chosen to design a modern and accessible new 16,000 sq m (172,223 sq ft) building. The most striking result of their endeavours is the eye-catching roof, which from a distance, appears to grow out of the natural landscape. As well as offering visitors a view across the surrounding forest and out towards the scenic Aarhus Bay, the grassy slope will be used for summer picnics and winter sledging."
Kid Museum, 26 October 2014
BETHESDA, MARYLAND — "Over 1,300 people came out today to meet the new KID on the block. At KID Museum’s Grand Opening, children and their families could see (and hear and touch) all that the museum has to offer. Visitors quickly realized that this was a new kind of museum. Instead of looking, kids were building, playing, and experiencing. A young boy and his father connected circuits to power a fan and light up a bulb. Kids of all ages designed flying machines out of paper cups and pipe cleaners—and had a great time flying them in wind tubes. There was a rapidly growing army of Draw Bots scribbling wildly around a table. Visitors hammed it up in a high-tech photo booth. Surprisingly melodious music came from kid-generated electronics at the Beat Station. And, across the open workshop-like space, a screen displayed an ever shifting ‘painting’ that echoed the movements of kids in a light projector."
Reuters, 25 October 2014
PARIS, FRANCE — "The Picasso Museum in Paris reopened on Saturday after a five-year closure for a costly renovation with President Francois Hollande urging crisis-hit France to draw inspiration from the Spanish painter. The museum, situated in a 17th-century mansion in the Marais district, houses one of the world's largest collections of Pablo Picasso's work. The long-awaited reopening took place on Oct. 25, the birthday of the artist who was born in Malaga, Spain, in 1881 but spent most of his adult life in France until his death in 1973."
TribLive, 23 October 2014
RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA — "Construction of a museum honoring a world renowned author with Pittsburgh ties is under way in Red Cloud, Neb. The National Willa Cather Center is set to open in 2016. Cather, a writer known for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains and who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1922, lived and worked in Pittsburgh, first in 1896 as the editor of the Home Monthly. In 1898, she began work at the Pittsburgh Daily Leader, and in 1901, took a job teaching high-school students in Pittsburgh. She continued teaching high school until 1906, when she accepted a job at McClure's in New York."
Mercury News, 22 October 2014
LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA —"There's a name change in the works for the Museums of Los Gatos--it's NUMU, and it stands for the New Museum Los Gatos that opens next year at the civic center. The art museum on Tait Avenue and the history museum at Forbes Mill will be combined into one facility, taking over the old library that has been mostly vacant since February 2011. Earlier this month the town council appropriated nearly $1.4 million to upgrade the old library building with new heating, air conditioning, restrooms, lighting and an ADA-compliant elevator."
KTIV, 22 October 2014
SIOUX CITY, IOWA — "After ten years of planning and two years of fundraising, the Children's Museum of Siouxland has officially broken ground on their future site. A huge crowd, young and old, gathered to turn the dirt for the first time with some colorful shovels at the museum's location. Demolition on the building that stood there is still in process. Executive Director Kari Kellen says the visible progress has lifted everyone's spirits."
Business Journal, 21 October 2014
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA — "In April, The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum was named the largest motorcycle museum in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Already five stories and 144,000 square feet, the museum's founder, George Barber, is just getting started in making the Birmingham facility one of the top destinations in the Southeast. In the next six months, Barber said he plans to break ground on a 60,000 to 70,000-square-foot addition to the 144,000-square-foot museum that will house more cars and motorcycles, adding to the museum's record size."
AutoNews, 17 October 2014
BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY — "Construction to fill the massive sinkhole that in February swallowed eight Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., is scheduled to begin Nov. 10, the museum said. National Corvette Museum officials met with construction personnel and engineers Wednesday to manage the plan for fixing the 40-foot-wide, 50- to 60-foot-deep sinkhole and rehabbing the Skydome building, the site of the collapse."
UK Yahoo News, 15 October 2014
BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM — "The First World War's last surviving battleship is to be transformed into a floating museum. A £12 million lottery funding boost will enable the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) to turn HMS Caroline into a visitor attraction in time for centenary commemorations of the 1916 Battle of Jutland off the coast of Denmark. The derelict vessel, which is currently docked in the same Belfast shipyards where the Titanic was built, was in danger of rusting away or even being scrapped before moves to restore it started to build up steam two years ago. The Heritage Lottery Fund has now awarded £11.5 million to fund the work ahead of 2016."
Manchester Evening News, 15 October 2014
SADDLEWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM — "Museum vounteers say their centre will be safe for another 50 years after being awarded a £1m grant. Saddleworth Museum, which this year marks its 50th anniversary, is celebrating after its bid to Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) was successful. The charity which runs the museum will use the cash to fund the Into the Future project, which will protect the building in years to come. It will also be used to extend the front and side of the building, which dates back to 1862, creating new reception and retail areas. A new lift will also be installed giving full disabled access. And the money will also go towards improvements to the existing stores and conservation to the collections to continue to tell the story of Saddleworth and its people."
Bay TV Liverpool, 7 October 2014
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM — "The International Slavery Museum – situated on Liverpool’s Albert Docks – has received a big funding boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help develop its collections. The grant will help the museum enhance its exhibitions of the transatlantic slave trade and contemporary slavery collections which tell a moving and powerful story. The funding will also enable the museum to develop public programmes using the collections and their stories, history and research and give a voice to the objects."
HyperAllergic, 1 October 2014
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE —"Strangers become friends during a potluck picnic. Elderly people share their life experiences with museum goers. A law firm builds an adobe oven by dancing in mud. Tourists playfully push and hold the Parthenon. Truckers practice yoga in the museum. Visitors drink water from a spring formed by civil rights activists. Bands celebrate joggers in the park. This is art in Nashville.
FLEX IT! My Body My Temple is a living exhibit that evolves with participation. On view through January 10, 2015 at The Parthenon Museum and Centennial Park, FLEX IT! addresses obesity prevention through a series of socially engaged works designed to extend the museum experience to the park grounds on which it sits."
Brisbane Times, 1 October 2014
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — "Three heritage-listed cell blocks at Annerley's Boggo Road prison will be turned into a museum and dining areas similar to the Barracks precinct near Caxton Street. A $300 million facelift of the 131-year-old prison and its inner-city site were announced by Public Works Minister Tim Mander and Leighton Properties executive Gavin Tonnet on Wednesday.
Mr Tonnet eventually confirmed that the best preserved three-storey cell block, finished in 1901, would most likely become a museum."
Evening Echo, 1 October 2014
CORK, IRELAND — "PORT of Cork’s Custom House and Bonded Warehouse buildings are to be converted into a major €15m museum that will tell the story of Ireland’s emigration. It is part of a major Cork bid, backed by international dance star Michael Flatley, to be named home of Ireland’s National Diaspora Centre. In a joint venture, the City and County Councils and the Port of Cork are proposing a major centre which could attract up to 500,000 visitors per year."
Novinite, 30 September 2014
SOFIA, BULGARIA - "A children's science museum, called Muzeiko, will open in Sofia next year, reports Nova TV. Muzeiko will be aimed at children 5 and 12 years and will be the first children's museum in Bulgaria and the largest in Eastern Europe."
Fredericksburg.com, 30 September 2014
QUANTICO, VIRGINIA — "The National Museum of the Marine Corps announced plans Tuesday for an expansion that will nearly double the size of the facility.
The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, which raised the funds for the museum in Quantico, said in a release that an additional 120,000 square feet will be added to the museum. The expansion will house new galleries, a movie theater, a Marine Sports Hall of Fame, a combat art gallery and an expanded education suite. One of the new galleries will focus on “regional conflicts and humanitarian relief missions after the Vietnam War,” while the other will focus on the global war on terror from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to present day.
The Art Newspaper, 30 September 2014
NEW YORK, NEW YORK — "Guggenheim Museum is planning a new space in New York to house its collection and staff, The Art Newspaper has learned. Called the Collection Center, it is described by the Guggenheim as “one efficient, multi-use building” with a “dynamic public-programming component” aimed at New Yorkers. The Guggenheim plans to research “productive and hospitable office space designs”, staff will be glad to hear, and it is also considering whether to hold a competition to find an architect."
Yahoo News, 29 September 2014
WARSAW, POLAND — "The Vatican has pledged 100,000 euros ($125,000) towards preserving the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz in southern Poland, the site's museum said Monday.
"Given our limited resources, the amount is small," Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said.
"But it is an expression of our full support for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation" that oversees the upkeep of the former camp, where the Nazis gassed hundreds of thousands of prisoners in occupied Poland during World War II."
BBC News, 29 September 2014
DORSET, UNITED KINGDOM — "A new £1m visitor centre at the Dorset birthplace of author and poet Thomas Hardy has been officially opened.
The centre, at Thorncombe woods at Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, is close to Hardy's Cottage.
It aims to provide visitors with more information about the novelist and the landscape that influenced his work. The project, which secured a £525,000 from the Heritage Lottery fund, is a joint partnership between Dorset County Council and the National Trust."
Dhaka Tribune, 28 September 2014
DHAKA, BANGLADESH — "The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) Museum has been inaugurated on Sunday at the western side of Tejgaon runway adjacent to Agargaon in the capital.
Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari opened the museum as the chief guest, reports BSS.
The aim of setting up the museum is to retain and represent the glorious history, success and gradual development of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) to the new generation.
The museum is located at the eastern side of computer city (IDB Bhaban) and western side of the Tejgaon runway."
AllAfrica, 27 September 2014
EGYPT — "Irrigation Minister Hossam Mughazy said on Friday that he would open the Nile Museum in Aswan in November. The new museum is expected to boost relations with the Nile basin countries, the minister told reporters in Aswan. It would embrace documents, movies and story of the establishment of the High Dam, he added. Also, the building that covers 134,000 square meters will include a list of people died during the establishment of the High Dam and the Aswan Dam, he said."
Atkins Global, 28 October 2014
PLYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM — "Atkins has been appointed to design a new £21m history centre in Plymouth. The project - which has already received a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and is earmarked to receive £12.8m* in total - will see Plymouth’s existing museum refurbished and expanded to create a major new attraction in the city. Working alongside Faithful + Gould (cost management) and Ward Williams Associates (project management), Atkins will develop the detailed design to support a further application to the HLF in 2016. The new Plymouth History Centre will transform the existing City Museum and Art Gallery into a cutting-edge, interactive centre, three times its existing size. Scheduled to open its doors in 2019, it will provide a new home for the city's five most fascinating and vast historic collections, making them more accessible to everyone."
World Architecture News, 27 October 2014
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — " The new exhibition wing - the Philips Wing - of the Rijksmuseum will open on 1 November, completing the second and final phase of the 11-year transformation of the Dutch national museum. It was designed by Seville-based architecture firm Cruz y Ortiz, who are also responsible for the 2013 remodelling of the main building, and will showcase high-profile exhibitions from its own collection and art on loan from international and national collections."
Arch Daily, 23 October
HELSINKI, FINLAND — "The competition for the new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki closed last month, becoming the most popular architectural competition in history with 1,715 entries. Now, competition organizers Malcolm Reading Consultants have made every single one available to view online, with each anonymous proposal presented in a series of two images, and a short description fro the architects. “Since its inception, this competition has been organized to be welcoming, inclusive, and transparent, and the gallery presents a singular opportunity for the public to explore and consider the broad expanse of entries,” says Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum and Foundation."
[see also Design competition submissions for Guggenheim Helsinki revealed. World Architecture News, 23 October 2014]
Arch Daily, 22 October 2014
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — "Wright & Wright Architects has revealed their designs for the Geffrye Museum in East London, a £15 million redesign that will increase the museum’s total space by almost 40% through “unlocking” previously unused areas of the museum’s 18th century almshouses. The design replaces a scheme by David Chipperfield Architects, which last year failed to secure planning permission in part because of the hugely controversial proposal to demolish the former Marquis of Lansdown Pub that occupies the corner of the site."
Worldwide search for architect to design $450 million
Art Gallery of NSW expansion
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — "Will we get an inside out building like the Pompidou Centre in Paris, an organic twirl like the Roche Tower in Basel, or something totally different?
Some of the world's most innovative architects including Renzo Piano, who first came to fame with the Centre Georges Pompidou, will compete to develop the winning concept for a $450 million expansion of the Art Gallery of NSW. The project, Sydney Modern, is expected to double the size of the gallery. It will also create a great cultural plaza that connects the gallery with the Domain and the Royal Botanic Gardens of NSW."
Leisure Management, 17 October 2014
TOYO, JAPAN — "Consultancy and engineering firm Arup has won the contract to advise on venues and infrastructure for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The London-based firm says it has been appointed lead adviser to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with its duties covering venue and infrastructure development. Arup will masterplan the Games, as well as advising on transport, security, sustainability and post-Games legacy. It will also work with chosen architects Aecom to head design, construction and preparation phases for the event."
Attractions Management, 17 October 2014
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — "Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed plans for a new museum, school, library and centre for the research of genocide in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The project is the architecture firm's
first project in Cambodia and its first ever wooden construction. The centre
will be a place for the Sleuk Rith Institute to compile, analyse and preserve
information related to the Khmer Rouge era of genocide – which saw an estimated
death toll of between 740,000 and 3,000,000. The site, adjacent to a public
library and law faculty of the royal university of law and economics, was
donated by the Cambodian government in 2008.
World Architecture News, 13 October 2014
SHANGHAI, CHINA — "The Shanghai-based Long Museum has opened a second building - the 33,000 sq m West Bund - situated on the banks of the Huangpu river in the Xuhui district. The building was designed by Shanghai architecture firm Atelier Deshaus at this site which was previously used as the wharf for transporting coal. The firm's design works around the existing coal-hopper unloading bridge from the 1950s which is some 110m in length, 10m in width and 8m in height. It features umbrella-like vaulted shapes, which unite walls and ceiling planes, cantilevered overhangs and cast-in-place concrete surfaces."
team to build 'best museum in the country' in Milton Keynes
WOLVERTON, UNITED KINGDOM — "A host of top names feature in the team who will transform Milton Keynes Museum into a national attraction. The museum’s £7.3milion expansion through two major new galleries telling the area’s story from pre-history right through to the present day, was announced in March – made possible through funding from MK Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.
Since then the search has been on to put together the team of planners, architects, exhibition designers and builders to deliver the ambitious vision for a Museum that could welcome more than 100,000 visitors a year."
BBC News, 30 September 2014
PANAMA — "Panama has inaugurated a museum designed by the world-renowned Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry - his first in Latin America. The Biomuseo has been built at the entrance from the Pacific ocean to the Panama Canal. It bears Gehry's trademark metallic curves and canopies, made famous by the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, in Spain. The museum celebrates the history of the Central American isthmus as one of the world's richest ecosystems."
[see also: Biomuseo designed by Frank Gehry opens in Panama to celebrate country's biodiversity. World Architecture News, 2 October 2014]
The Hindu, 28 September 2014
INDIA — "In a one-of-its-kind gathering of architects, engineers, artists, planners, and academics on Saturday, the idea of setting up India’s first National Museum of Architecture in the Capital was mooted.
A brainchild of Greha, a Delhi-based non-profit knowledge-based society working in the field of environment development, habitat design and architecture, the idea immediately found three prominent hands of support. It was backed by the Council of Architecture (COA), a statutory body under the Architects Act, 1972, which regulates the architectural professional and education; Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), a 97-year-old Mumbai-based national body of architects in the country; and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)."
Museum 2.0, 29 October 2014
UNITED STATES — "You see a yellow dot. The text says "Press the yellow dot and turn the page." Suddenly there are two yellow dots. You follow the text. You press some more. You turn the page. More dots appear. You rub the dots. They change color. You shake the book. The dots move around. You clap. The dots get bigger. Either I'm really sleep-deprived, or Press Here is the most brilliant interactive children's book ever. Let's be clear: there are no pushbuttons or popups or electronics built into this book. Author Herve Tullet uses the most basic children's book materials (pages, words, and images) to create a responsive, dynamic adventure. Press Here is a "normal" book that uses book-ish tools--pacing, spatial arrangement of images on the page, text as instruction--to break the fourth wall and create an interactive experience."
Reuters, 27 October 2014
WORLD — "News apps are helping users share information about sights and hidden gems in cities and countries around the globe so other people can benefit from their knowledge. Findery, a free app for iPhone and Android available worldwide, lets people view trivia and stories about favorite locations, whether it's a building, beach, or a landmark like the Eiffel Tower."
Reuters, 24 October 2014
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — "Britain's Queen Elizabeth made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter.
"It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," the 88-year-old monarch tweeted at the opening of a new gallery at London's Science Museum."
CBC, 20 October 2014
CANADA — "With the huge amounts of information now available online, we take a look at how libraries are designing for the 21st century. Even though it's still weeks from opening, the new Halifax Central Library is getting lots of attention. And not just because of its 57 million dollar cost. It's earned international attention as one of the top buildings of 2014. It's been years since a library of this size and importance was built in Canada. And perhaps... it's no wonder. Much of the world's knowledge has moved on to the internet. Books have shed their covers--and even their paper--as they slip onto e-readers."
Calgary Sun, 14 October 2014
CALGARY, ALBERTA — "The Calgary Zoo's going Jurassic Park - though visitors won't become dinosaur prey. But zoo enthusiasts might think just that for a moment when an animatronic dinosaur suddenly comes to life with a roar."
Chicago Tribune, 9 October 2014
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — "Pledging to "challenge the way people think about museums," the coming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will feature "popular art from illustration to comics, an insider’s perspective on the cinematic creative process, and the boundless potential of the digital medium."
That's part of the most detailed vision yet offered publicly for the new museum backed by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and slated for Chicago Park District land in parking lots south of Soldier Field.
The museum quietly put up a new website this week that replaces a more basic site and lays out Lucas's vision in much more detail. Especially intriguing is a section that suggests the Lucas, in addition to its other roles, will come very close to being a museum of cinema and cutting-edge film presentation space."
Willmette Week, 8 October 2014
PORTLAND, OREGON — "Portland-based Instrument doesn’t talk a lot about what they do, but the digital creative firm has a client list ranging Red Bull to Nike to Google. It just added another that promises to raise the profile of the nearly 100- employee firm: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.Last month, Instrument and The Met released the first version of an app for the cultural institution, the largest art museum in the country and considered one of the most important museums in the world."
Washington Post, 8 October 2014
NOKESVILLE, VIRGINIA — "Voices of Freedom, a new mobile recording studio designed to collect wartime oral histories, is ready to roll. The mobile studio was unveiled at the annual open house of the Americans in Wartime Museum near Nokesville last weekend. Billed as a preview of the future museum, which is under construction in Dale City, the open house also featured living history displays and demonstrations of military vehicles, equipment and tactics."
Iran Daily, 6 October 2014
TEHRAN, IRAN — " The largest planetarium in the Middle East, Dome of Mina, was inaugurated at a ceremony attended by Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and a number of officials from Iran's Space Agency (ISA). The planetarium, which is located at Abbasabad neighborhood of Tehran, is designed as a sphere showing all stars, planets and other celestial bodies for entertainment and educational purposes, IRNA reported. Addressing the ceremony, Managing Director of Abbasabad Lands Renovation Company Ardeshir Nourian said the Dome of Mina project was essential for promoting astronomy among the elites and hailed the close cooperation between the ISA and the municipality in this respect."
The Art Newspaper, 30 October 2014
AL RAYYAN, QATAR —"The Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, is due to open a new permanent display of works drawn from its 8,000-strong collection on 1 November. The pieces are all drawn from the holdings of HE Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali Al Thani, the founding patron of Mathaf, who has amassed his collection in the past 25 years.
The new exhibition, with the straightforward title “Mathaf Collection: Summary Part 1”, includes works from Qatar, Iran, Turkey, and “other regions historically connected to the Arab Peninsula”, the organisers say. Artists represented include Farid Belkahia, Salman al-Mali, Ibrahim el-Salahi and Jassim Zaini."
Art Newspaper, 30 October 2014
ARLBERG, AUSTRIA —"An Austrian hotelier wants to add art to the après-ski programme by building a kunsthalle in the mountain resort of St Christoph am Arlberg. Described as “the highest art gallery in the Alps”, Arlberg 1800 will be located almost 1,800 metres above sea level. Florian Werner, the proprietor of the five-star Alberg Hospiz Hotel in the town, says he is building the centre because he “fell in love with art six years ago”.
Two thirds of the €26m construction will be located underground, with a 600 sq. m white cube gallery at its heart. The space will host biannual art exhibitions with works by local and international contemporary artists. A 250 sq. m concert hall, a project space for smaller exhibitions and two studios for an artist-in-residence programme will also be housed in the new building. "
BBC News, 27 October 2014
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — "Westminster Abbey in London is one of the most notable religious buildings in the United Kingdom where coronations and burials of monarchs have traditionally taken place.
BBC Newsnight's Stephen Smith reports from the abbey's triforium, a medieval level 70 feet (21 metres) above the nave floor that has never before been accessible to the public.
The triforium is to be converted to create public gallery and exhibition space in what will be the first major addition to the building since 1745.
The view from the space into the abbey was described by Sir John Betjeman as the greatest in Europe."
Iowa City Press-Citizen, 22 October 2014
IOWA CITY, IOWA — "The new University of Iowa Museum of Art will be built on a prime corner in downtown Iowa City through a public-private partnership with H+H Development Group and Mortenson Inc., UI announced Wednesday. The museum will be constructed at the southeast corner of Burlington and Clinton streets, a site known as Hieronymus Square that has sat empty for years. Various large-scale projects for the site have been put forth over the years, but each were ultimately abandoned."
Museum 2.0, 22 October 2014
"Imagine an institution with a commitment to rigor, depth, and delight in the exploration of contemporary culture.Imagine a prize competition to develop new experimental approaches to engaging audiences.Imagine these two together. The Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB) has just launched a new biennial Cultural Innovation International Prize. The theme this year is "audiences." They are soliciting project proposals for innovative forms of audience engagement. The strongest proposals will be wholly original and theoretically grounded. The winner will receive 10,000 euro ($12,720 ish) and the potential to mount their project at the CCCB."
Libération , 19 October 2014
PARIS, FRANCE — "Inauguration de la Fondation Vuitton, lancement de la Foire internationale d’art contemporain, réouverture du Musée Picasso : Paris se voit la semaine prochaine en capitale artistique dans une partition réglée entre mécénat d’entreprise, marché de l’art et institution publique.
Couac ou polémique médiatique indispensable à tout événement digne de ce nom, une oeuvre jouant sur l’ambiguïté entre un arbre et un sex toy, installée sur la très chic Place Vendôme, au coeur de Paris, a été vandalisée et son auteur agressé. L’Américain Paul McCarthy a finalement renoncé à réinstaller l’objet du scandale érigé dans le cadre du «hors les murs» de la FIAC (Foire internationale d’art contemporain)."
Les Echos, 17 Octobre 2014
PARIS, FRANCE —"La capitale en ébullition, s'apprête à recevoir le microcosme mondial de l'art. « Oui, cette rentrée sera exceptionnelle, par sa concentration d'événements. La Fiac au Grand Palais conforte sa position au plus haut niveau, marquée par la création d'une foire off à la Cité de la mode et du design. L'inauguration au bois de Boulogne de la Fondation Louis Vuitton [groupe LVMH, propriétaire des Échos] est très attendue, de même que les réouvertures du musée Picasso, dans le Marais, fermé depuis cinq ans, et des salons d'apparat de la Monnaie de Paris le long des quais », énumère Frédéric Morel, conseiller en art. Sans compter la multiplication d'expositions d'envergure, publiques ou privées.« C'est une année faste pour Paris, une fête de l'art contemporain qui va battre tous les records, le point d'orgue de tout ce qu'il y a de mieux sur le marché mondial de l'art », confirme l'art advisor Laurence Dreyfus, qui exposera elle-même ses coups de coeur à La Réserve, un lieu d'exception face au Trocadéro. « Que Paris devienne le centre du monde de l'art, ne serait-ce que quelques semaines, est magnifique, estime le consultant spécialisé Thierry Consigny. Dans le domaine de l'art, qui est tout sauf marginal, la France compte toujours beaucoup. Face à l'absence de croissance, la beauté est un moteur de développement sur lequel il faut investir."
ArtNet News, 14 October 2014
SLUBICE, POLAND — "The Polish town of Slubice is to erect a monument in honor of Wikipedia, the Telegraph has reported. The idea was proposed by Krzysztof Wojciechowski the director of the Collegium Polonicum, a local university in Slubice. The professor told the “I'm ready to drop to my knees before Wikipedia, that's why I thought of a monument where I could do it."
Wikipedia is incredibly popular in Poland. The Polish Wikipedia site is the 12th largest, with over 1 million entries. The online encyclopedia provides free information to anybody with a computer and internet access."
L.A. Times, 8 October 2014
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — "After taking a second look at Los Angeles County government's spending capacity for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the Board of Supervisors has added $54 million to the $84.7 million in arts and culture spending it had authorized in June when the board OK'd the main county budget.
The arts funding was part of a larger "supplemental budget" process that allocated hundreds of millions of dollars, including money that went unspent in the 2013-14 fiscal year that ended June 30, and revenues that weren't certain when the Board of Supervisors passed the primary budget in June."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 8 October 2014
GREENSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA — "The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, has been gifted an extensive collection of American figurative sculpture by Dr. Michael Nieland. The collection comprises 55 works by 35 sculptors including Hiram Powers, Isidore Konti, Frederick William MacMonnies and Harriet Whitney Frishmuth. Most of the works are bronze, but include marble, wood, porcelain, plaster and terra-cotta pieces. They range in height from 6 to almost 60 inches.
'The works will add significant depth to our current sculpture collection by broadening the artists represented and increasing the number of works by some well-known artists,' said museum director and CEO Judith O’Toole in a prepared statement. 'We are deeply grateful for this important gift.'"
BBC News, 7 October 2014
ALBERDEEN, SCOTLAND — "The £30m scheme to improve the Schoolhill building as well as Cowdray Hall and Memorial Court secured council approval last year.
Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: "HLF is delighted to support this transformational project."
Council leader Jenny Laing said she was "thoroughly delighted" at the news.
It is hoped the development can be completed by 2017."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 19 October 2014
TORONTO, ONTARIO — "To get a quick view of the demographic divide between this bustling Canadian city and Pittsburgh, just drop by the Urban Eatery in the city’s Eaton Centre on any weekday lunch hour.
The 980 seats are filled with customers whose faces reflect every hue of the human tapestry. Mandarin and Tagalog mix with English and Farsi as diners chatter with each other. And the food shops range from standbys like KFC and Subway to counters offering shrimp tom yum, chicken shawarma, nabeyaki udon and Moroccan stew."
Indian Express, 17 October 2014
BORIVALI, MUMBAI — "An ‘all natural’ look will be the highlight of the proposed medium zoo at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), Borivali. The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) team, which is currently “finetuning the plans”, is feeling “positive” about the medium zoo at SGNP. The CZA team from Delhi comprises P C Tyagi from the Wildlife Institute of India, and wildlife curator Dr A K Malhotra. “We are fine-tuning the proposed layout plan and the animal collection plan, and are positive about the project,” said Tyagi."
BlooLoop, 15 October 2014
JEBEL ALI, DUBAI — "The park, located in Jebel Ali, will be the seventh LEGOLAND theme park worldwide and the first in the Middle East. LEGOLAND® Dubai will comprise six themed areas including LEGO City, Adventure, LEGO Kingdom, Create, LEGO Factory and Miniland with more than 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions. The 3 million square feet theme park will have over 15,000 LEGO® model structures made from more than 60 million LEGO bricks.
Commenting on the announcementNick Varney, CEO of Merlin Entertainments plc, said, “We are delighted to be opening in Dubai and to be working with a partner as innovative and supportive as Dubai Parks & Resorts on this exciting new project. Dubai is the most important tourist centre in the Middle East and we believe that it is the ideal place for LEGOLAND. Not only is the LEGO concept already very popular here, but LEGOLAND’s unique appeal for families with younger children is universal, making it a must do visit not just for ‘local’ visitors from Dubai and neighbouring Middle Eastern states; but also tourists visiting the region from all over the world. Indeed, we have no doubt that LEGOLAND Dubai will add a whole new dimension to Dubai’s leisure scene.”
Variety, 13 October 2014
HONG KONG, CHINA — "Universal Parks & Resorts is to open a $3.27 billion (RMB20 billion) theme park in Beijing. The park is expected to open its doors on a first phase in 2019, though at a press conference in Beijing on Monday Universal declined to confirm the date. The first phase is expected to contain movie themed attractions, a City Walk and the world’s first Universal Hotel. It will also “integrate Chinese traditional and modern cultural elements,” according to the Beijing Daily. Subsequent phases could be substantially bigger. The park will be owned and operated in conjunction with Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Company, a consortium of four Chinese state-owned enterprises. It recently paid some $300 million for the land needed for the park in an East Beijing suburb called Tongzhou."
Heritage Lottery Fund, 7 October 2014
WORCESTERSIRE COUNTY, UNITED KINGDOM — "£5million HLF grant will allow trust to purchase and conserve site that includes the internationally significant Hurd Library. The Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust (HCPT), with partners Worcestershire County Council (WCC) and Museums Worcestershire (MW), have been awarded £5m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to preserve the historic Castle and its valuable assets. The trust can now buy Hartlebury Castle with its surrounding 43 acres of parkland and embark on programmes for conservation and activities."
The Star, 6 October 2014
TORONTO ONTARIO — "Who knew so many Torontonians were art lovers? Or that they were so young?
But if Saturday night/Sunday morning’s Nuit Blanche was any indication, the city positively teems with culture vultures. Indeed, they took over much of the downtown core on the weekend, transforming Toronto into one giant art gallery in the process.
Of course, it could have been that the sheer novelty of being able to roam the city with such a huge and happy horde was irresistible. Regardless, the annual all-nighter was a resounding success, though to be honest, this time around the art itself seemed distinctly less a part of things than it has in the past."
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