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Shortlist Announced for Leading Culture Destinations Awards 2015 - The Oscar for Museums
PR Web, 22 September 2015

LONDON, U.K. – The shortlist for the prestigious Leading Culture Destinations Awards, including the world’s most visionary museums and cultural institutions, has been announced. The award scheme celebrates the vibrancy and vitality of museums and institutions around the world, which are constantly evolving. Today cultural destinations are not only dedicated to art experiences and education; they have become social hubs for visitors to spend time, dine, shop, work and even sleep. This year the judging panel is chaired by Gail Dexter Lord of Lord Cultural Resources, one of the world’s leading consultancies for cultural capital. It includes Justine Simons OBE, Head of Culture at the Mayor of London's office, fashion designer Neil Barrett, and ArtNet CEO Jacob Pabst.

Magna Carta Exhibit Has 13th Century Copy on Display in Toronto
Toronto.com, 30 September 2015

TORONTO, CANADA – This fall, learn a piece of history when the Magna Carta comes to Toronto. Historic Fort York hosts an exhibition all about the iconic document, with a copy on loan from Durham Cathedral in the United Kingdom. The Magna Carta, a legal document from 1215, is considered the first step towards UK’s constitutional charter and greatly influenced laws in the UK, Canada and the US. It was used the basis for the United States Bill of Rights (1791), the British North America Act (1867), the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), and Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982).

[see also Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy, Toronto.com, 30 September 2015]

Lord Cultural Resources has been engaged by Magna Carta Canada to develop, design, oversee fabrication and act as tour manager on behalf of Magna Carta Canada. The Magna Carta exhibition opens in Toronto on October 4 at Fort York National Historic Site. For the tour schedule, click here.


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Herzog and de Meuron designs art museum made of stacked wooden boxes in Vancouver
dezeen.com, 29 September 2015

VANCOUVER, BC – The Vancouver Art Gallery has unveiled a conceptual design for its new building by Herzog & de Meuron, featuring a series of stacked volumes clad in wood (+ slideshow). The 310,000-square-foot (28,800 square metre) building by the Swiss architecture studio will be located in downtown Vancouver, Canada. It will house 85,000-square-feet (7,900 square metres) of gallery space, more than double the museum's current exhibition footprint. It will also include a 350-seat theatre, a library, and an education centre, with spaces distributed over seven floors. Two levels of parking will be placed below ground. The lower levels of the building will be more transparent, with floor-to-ceiling glazing, in order to engage the street. The ground floor will include free exhibition space, a cafe and a ticketing area, all overlooking an enclosed courtyard.

Building a mystery: Vancouver Art Gallery to finally reveal its long-delayed new expansion design
Globe and Mail, 25 September 2015

VANCOUVER, CANADA – Could this be the plot of land that transforms Vancouver? On Tuesday, the Vancouver Art Gallery will publicly reveal the concept design for its 300,000-square-foot building proposed for this block. The design has been kept under wraps publicly, but has been shown to a few – including City Hall types, potential donors and others connected to the gallery. It has been described by various people as an out-of-the-box design unlike anything architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron has done before, a spectacular but fairly modest design that’s sure to surprise people – and generate an endless amount of debate. “It’s really going to stimulate discussion and controversy for months to come,” says Vancouver’s outgoing chief planner Brian Jackson, who has seen the design. “But, you know, I think that’s really positive for the future of dialogue on architecture in Vancouver,” he quickly adds.

Lord Cultural Resources has conducted a site selection and business plan for the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Human rights exhibit uses play to teach respect, equality
CBC News, 24 September 2015

WINNIPEG, CANADA – A new exhibit under construction at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will look strikingly different from the norm. Colourful walls, bins of sparkly beads and construction paper are integral parts of XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness. The new "play-based" children's exhibit opens next month at the museum's level one gallery.  "We began in the past and now move to the future, with a wonderful exhibition aimed at the next generation of human rights defenders," CMHR president and CEO John Young said in a news release Thursday. XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness uses play and creativity to explore ideas around human dignity, respect and equity, said the CMHR.

Lord Cultural Resources have worked with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights since 2000. We have helped to develop the concept and to craft the three-volume Master Plan and business plan, provided the space program, assisted with the international architectural competition that selected Antoine Predock to design the building, and organized and facilitated the cross Canada consultation process that gathered human rights stories from thousands of Canadians in 19 cities. We have continued to provide advisory services to Board and senior management on all aspects of implementation, content and the inauguration.

Tate Modern to become social space as it unveils £260m revamp
The Telegraph, 22 September 2015

LONDON, U.K. – In decades gone by, a visit to a leading national art gallery would usually mean a gentle meander around silent galleries to peer intently at the country’s finest works. Those days, it appears, are a thing of the past as Tate Modern unveils new plans to suit the modern era: a gallery built for socialising. A £260m revamp of the London gallery will see the majority of its space turned over to interaction, debate and discussion to suit the needs of visitors in 2015. Sir Nicholas Serota, director of Tate, said visitors would be welcome to use its galleries as a "social and recreational space", after modern art changed the way people view institutions forever.

Lord Cultural Resources was commissioned to conduct Visitor Audit Services for both Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

In new talks on Richmond's slave history, some ask if all voices are being heard
Richmond Tribune, 15 September 2015

RICHMOND, USA – As Richmond restarts discussions on how to memorialize its slave history, the debate is being shaped by questions of scope, and authenticity and the standing of those whom city officials have chosen to lead the talks. With a combined $19 million in city and state funding waiting to be used to commemorate the slave trade in Shockoe Bottom, Mayor Dwight C. Jones and others have said Richmond is in its strongest position yet to spotlight a part of the city’s history that long has been ignored.

Lord Cultural Resources has been assisting the Slave Trail Commission in telling the story of the Enslavement and Freedom Heritage Sites in Richmond, VA.

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The World's 14 Coolest New Museums
Air Canada EnRoute, 28 September 2015

WORLD – From a rooftop toboggan run to cellular structures and treetop galleries, get to know these new institutions inside and out:
Off the beaten path:
Arquipélago – Centro De Artes Contemporâneas, Ribeira Grande, Portugal, Visual and performing arts, by João Mendes Ribeiro, Menos é Mais Arquitectos
Back to Nature:
Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, Wembley, Albert, Canada, Paleontology, by Teeple Architects
Shanghai Natural History Museum, Shanghai, Natural science, by Perkins+Will
Haute Culture:
Fondazione Prada, Milan, Visual and performing arts, by Rem Koolhaas

Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey: 'Museums are for more than just observation'
The Telegraph, 27 September 2015

LONDON, U.K. – When Ed Vaizey, the Culture Minister, was a young child, he went to a modern art museum with his mother and asked her which artist was responsible for the air-conditioning unit. How far our museums and galleries have come. Today, the best focus on families, providing children with dynamic displays and hands-on experiences. Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery in Carlisle is one of the most exciting. Here you can you fire a Roman weapon, climb Hadrian’s Wall and sneak into a badger’s sett (a disclaimer: the badgers are stuffed). It is the thoroughly deserving winner of this year’s Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award, run with Kids in Museums. The contest, which received a record-breaking 850 nominations, is the largest of its kind and the only one in which visitors pick the winner.

The National Museum in Sarajevo Re-Opens
Museum Association, 24 September 2015

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA – The National Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo has reopened following a three-year agreement to finance it. The museum, which opened its doors on 15 September, and six other cultural institutions in Sarajevo will receive funding from a number of government sources until the end of 2018. It has also been agreed that the legal status of the museum will be clarified, allowing for a permanent funding arrangement to be put in place. "The museum’s reopening marks a significant moment for the city and for the whole region. The museum holds artefacts from across the Balkans," said Amila Lagumdžija, the programmes and partnerships manager at the British Council. "The funding agreement is a signal of a willingness to reinvest in culture. This is a cultural, political and economic statement." But the institution is not able to just rely on government funding, and has received substantial support from the American government agency USAID. It is also looking for assistance from the wider international community. To this end the British Council is creating links between the museum and institutions in the U.K. that it could collaborate with.

Crowds expected as $140 million Broad Museum opens to public
My News LA, 20 September 2015

LOS ANGELES, USA – The Broad contemporary art museum opens its doors to a curious public Sunday eager to get a peek at the new $140 million home of the 2,000-piece art collection built over several decades by billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and wife, Edye. With more than 105,000 advance tickets already booked through to the end of the year, large crowds are expected to continue flowing in over the coming months, museum officials said. The Broad’s inaugural exhibit features works by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker and Takashi Murakami — all part of a collection that the Broads have been loaning out to other venues around the world for the past 30 years.

The Broad doesn't want museum guards between you and the art
LA Times, 17 September 2015

LOS ANGELES, USA – Given the rare chance to create a new museum from scratch, the Broad is trying some innovative approaches. The one visitors might notice first is an absence of traditional museum guards who look and act as if their primary job is shooing away viewers who get too close to the art. Visitors to the museum, which opens to the public Sunday, will see a friendlier, less institutional approach to security. The watchers in its galleries will be men and women who wear black clothes of their own choosing instead of uniforms — and who are trained to be affable, approachable founts of information about the art collection and anything else about the Broad and its environs that a visitor might want to know.

Vatican opens museum at papal summer estate and rail link to Rome
Toronto Su, 14 September 2015

CASTELGANDOLFO, ITALY – If you've ever wanted to see the world from the viewpoint of a pope, now you can. The Vatican has turned part of the lavish papal summer estate south of Rome - which the frugal Pope Francis has never used - into a museum and linked it to Rome via a train. Both were inaugurated on Friday and one of the main draws is a chance to stand at the window overlooking a large courtyard from where popes before Francis blessed crowds every Sunday for weeks during their summer breaks. Seven large rooms in the now unused villa house a papal portrait gallery and pontifical artefacts, such as intricately embroidered liturgical vestments, elaborate thrones going back hundreds of years, and several pair of papal slippers, including those worn by Pope Pius V, who died in 1572.

Whitney Museum of Art is New York’s newest masterpiece
LA Times, 5 September 2015

NEW YORK, USA – Two things to remember about the Whitney Museum of American Art: Buy tickets in advance online, and don't go on a weekend, especially Sundays. Those are the best ways to avoid the lines that sometimes snake around New York City's newest masterpiece. Another thing to remember: Don't miss it. The venerable Whitney moved in the spring from Madison Avenue and 75th Street to a stately steel-and-glass home adjacent to the High Line Park on Manhattan's Lower West Side in one of the city's hippest neighborhoods. The area's popularity explains some of the crowds that gather here regularly. But the museum's outstanding collection, recognized as one of the world's finest holdings of 20th century American art, is the real draw.

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A question of space and time
World Architecture News, 29 September 2015

BEIJING, CHINA – The Beijing Air and Space museum is located at the heart of the Beijing Futura City scheme in China. This vast mixed-used development on the outskirts of Beijing features high-density residential, cultural attractions and retail outlets plus a myriad of entertainment and food and beverage venues. Hetzel Design wanted to break away from the standard city grid formation and introduce meandering boulevards leading to a large central park. This park provides an urban living room for the residents and even indoor gardens during the cold winter months.  The Air and Space Museum, which is nearing completion, is a 43,000 sq m facility within the Futura City development housing 18 interactive exhibits, three theatres and a children’s astronaut training centre.

Hadid becomes first woman to win Royal Gold Medal in her own right
Architects’ Journal, 24 September 2015

LONDON, U.K. – Baghdad-born architect Zaha Hadid has won the 2016 RIBA Royal Gold Medal in recognition of her lifetime’s work. She is the first woman to be sole recipient of the 167-year-old accolade – previous female winners Sheila O’Donnell (2015), Patty Hopkins (1994) and Ray Eames (1979) were all recognised alongside their husbands and practice partners. Hadid, described by RIBA president Jane Duncan as a ‘formidable and globally influential force in architecture’, won the Stirling Prize in both 2010 and 2011 with her MAXXI Museum in Rome and the Evelyn Grace Academy in London respectively.

Los Angeles Has Become the Hottest Destination for International Architects in America
Dezeen, 19 September 2015

LOS ANGELES, USA – Los Angeles ;is turning into a "dystopia gone right" and is now the most interesting place in the USA for new architecture, according to international and local studios who are prospering from the city's combination of low rents and big projects. The Broad in Downtown LA is one of this year's most anticipated buildings and opens today. But Diller Scofidio + Renfro's contemporary art museum is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of major new architecture and urban design projects in the city. "LA is booming, and you have a lot of potential projects," said Dixon Lu, an associate partner at Ma Yansong's China-based architecture firm MAD. "It's very exciting being here. This has become the hottest destination."

Architecture firm turns to virtual reality to show off building designs
Beta Boston, 10 September 2015

BOSTON, USA – You might not think architects have much to learn from video game enthusiasts. But when it comes to creating interactive virtual spaces, gaming technology has the edge. That’s why architects at Tsoi/Kobus & Associates in Cambridge have started using the processing system that powers virtual reality games to put clients inside development projects before they are built. Using a cloud-based system called Revizto, architects can create a digital hospital down to the last brick, and then invite a client to “walk” through the space to see if the ceilings are high enough or the windows provide enough light.

In Cuba, Architecture and Design Blossom Under New Laws
Curbed, 9 September 2015

HAVANA, CUBA – This May, visitors were allowed into Havana's long-defunct Tallapiedra electric plant for the first time since it was shuttered in the 1960s. They could climb the grated stairs to the plant's nave, see how the light glinted off unchipped white and green tiles set in place in 1915, how tiny, stalky trees had grown out of clumps of dirt where machinery once sat, how the high, church-like central space and the split-level, open workspaces on one side might be adapted to any number of uses. The opening—for locals and some of the thousands of tourists in Cuba for the Twelfth Havana Biennial—was the work of Claudia Castillo and Orlando Inclán, and their eight-year-old think tank, Habana Re-Generación.

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New Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science research centre unites art and science
ArtDaily, 29 September 2015

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – A new research centre, the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS), launched last week. Minister of Education, Culture & Science Jet Bussemaker officially opened the centre during an event at the Rijksmuseum. The unique NICAS research centre brings together art history, conservation and restoration with the natural sciences, with the aim of improving the preservation of cultural heritage. This multidisciplinary approach connects art history research with chemistry and physics expertise, as well as with ICT in order to develop specialised programmes. ‘This approach facilitates the development of new applications that help us to better understand, preserve and visualise national and international heritage’, explains Robert van Langh, Chairperson of NICAS and Head of Conservation and Restoration at the Rijksmuseum. 

U.S. museum develops tool aimed at predicting, preventing mass killings
CTV News, 21 September 2015

WASHINGTON, USA – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., hopes its new online tool will do just that by making both sophisticated statistical analysis and feedback from experts publicly available for the first time. The goal is to produce early warnings that can help governments, policy makers, advocacy groups and scholars decide where to concentrate their efforts. From past genocides in Darfur, Bosnia, Rwanda and the Holocaust, we have learned what the clear early warning signs are that precede mass violence," said Cameron Hudson, director of the museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. "Tracking those indicators in at-risk countries around the world will, for the first time, allow us to look over the horizon to implement smarter, cheaper and more effective polices that prevent mass violence."

With Help From Kickstarter, Chicago Gets a Museum That Relishes the Hot Dog
New York Times, 18 September 2015

CHICAGO, USA – Foodseum opens its first exhibition, "The Hot Dog and Encased Meat of the World," on Saturday at Block 37 in Chicago’s Loop; it runs through Dec. 20. The free pop-up food museum was financed through a Kickstarter campaign last year that raised more than $33,000. "Because we are a Chicago-based organization, we wanted to do something as a tribute to our city," said Kyle Joseph, the executive director of Foodseum. "The hot dog is very core to the city."

large-scale 3D printer plans to build homes using organic materials
Design Boom, 18 September 2015

ITALY – Standing at 12 meters tall, ‘big delta’ is an undertaking to take 3D printing to a much larger scale. Over the past three years, Italian enterprise WASP (world’s advanced saving project) formulated their dream of a giant 3D printer that could contribute to the dramatic global issue of housing. The United Nations calculated that over the next 15 years, there will be a need for an average of 100,000 new houses every day. WASP project believes quick 3D printers will aid with this drastic demand. Supported by a sturdy frame a movable nozzle that acts as a mixer will layer mud and clay raw materials to build full-scale homes.

The Brave New Museum Sputters Into Life
The Wall Street Journal, 7 September 2015

CLEVELAND, USA – With so many visitors—particularly the young—obsessively attached to digital devices as instruments of learning and sharing, even the most traditional art museum officials can no longer deny the imperative for technological interventions in what used to be a relatively unmediated relationship between viewer and object. First there were audio guides and websites. Now art museums are embracing everything from apps to robots to interactive pens, hoping to discern how best to enhance the gallery experience for savvy digerati, without ruining it for diehard technophobes.

Heritage Daily, 3 September 2015

IRELAND – When Mr Ó Foghlú used the replica artifact as a mouthpiece, the ancient Irish horn had a richer, more velvety tone. "Suddenly the instrument came to life," said the ANU College of Asia-Pacific PhD student. "These horns were not just hunting horns or noisemakers. They were very carefully constructed and repaired, they were played for hours. Music clearly had a very significant role in the culture." Complex bronze-age and iron-age horns have been found throughout Europe, especially in Scandinavia. However, the lack of mouthpieces in Ireland suggested the Irish music scene had drifted into a musical dark age. Mr Ó Foghlú was convinced mouthpieces had existed in Ireland, and was intrigued by the so-called Conical Spearbutt of Navan. Although he could not gain access to the original bronze artifact, Mr Ó Foghlú used the exact measurements to produce a replica using 3D-printing and try it out with his own horn.

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At UN, global initiative launched boost protection of cultural heritage targeted by terrorists and traffickers
UN News Center, 27 September 2015

NEW YORK, USA – With a host of world leaders meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York as part of the opening of the 70th session of the General Assembly, key UN agencies joined Interpol today to launch a major new initiative to enhance the protection of cultural heritage targeted by terrorists and illicit traffickers. The ‘Protecting Cultural Heritage – An Imperative for Humanity’ initiative was presented at the UN by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Italy and Jordan, with the participation of principals from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Interpol and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as well as ministers from various Member States. “Culture is on the frontline of conflict – we must place it at the heart of peacebuilding,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. For his part, the Executive Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, said it was important address trafficking and the destruction of cultural property as “crimes that strike at the very core of our civilization and heritage”.

Canada Must Be a Nation That Supports Arts and Culture
Huffington Post, 26 September 2015

CANADA – Canada must be "a 'Nation in arts', a leader in the field." Those are the words of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation. The Liberals, under Justin Trudeau's leadership, are determined to make this happen, determined to make Canada, more than ever, a place where cultural expression is created and enjoyed whatever its roots, foreign or domestic. After all, that's what Canadians want: today more than ever, we love the arts for the joy they bring us, and for being a true and lively reflection of our diversity and identity. Arts and culture are also a powerful economic lever, a source of inspiration that makes our whole nation more creative and innovative, a generator of jobs for the middle class and those who aspire to join it. And to promote Canada abroad, what excellent ambassadors our artists and creators are! However, our cultural policies need to be adapted to the challenges of the day -- especially the digital revolution. In Canada, arts and culture are at a crossroads. They can either move forward or backward, depending on the choices we make. For them to move forward, it will be more than ever necessary for the federal government to play a leading role.

India's First State-Run Global Artist Village Set to Open in Kerala
NDTV, 25 September 2015

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA – India's first state-run global artist village will be thrown open for art buffs at Sreekandapuram in northern district of Kannur on September 29. The Kerala Lalithakala Akademi, under the Department of Cultural Affairs, has designed the village of international standards to provide artists from the country and abroad a common platform to live and work together. State Minister for Culture KC Joseph will inaugurate the village, comprising studios-cum-residential complex at Kakkannanpara in Sreekandapuram, an official release said in Thiruvananthapuram today.

China to receive British art treasures
BBC, 21 September 2015

BEIJING, CHINA – Chancellor George Osborne, who is in China for talks aimed at boosting cultural ties, has pledged £7m in funding for the programme. A further £750,000 will help take the British Museum's 'History of the World in 100 Objects' exhibition to China. The exhibition, featuring art through the ages, is currently on a world tour. Leaders of some of the U.K.'s biggest cultural institutions, including representatives from the British Library, the Southbank Centre and Shakespeare's Globe, have joined the chancellor in China. Before going, Mr Osborne sat down with BBC Radio 4's Samira Ahmed, who quizzed him for Front Row on his reasons for going. "I think the British people are fascinated by China; they have a combination of curiosity about this great force in the world and frankly a bit of anxiety," said Mr Osborne. "And one of the best ways people's cultures express themselves is through their theatre and their paintings and their art... and what better way to explain to many, many Chinese people about Britain than letting them hear a Shakespeare play in Mandarin or see a David Hockney picture...there in China?"

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Creative Economies, Creative Cities, Innovation and Urban Planning, Cultural Tourism


Iran, Armenia museums sign MoU
MEHR News Agency, 28 September 2015

TEHRAN, IRAN – The MoU was signed by Head of Iran's ICOM (International Council of Museums) as well as Cultural Heritage and Tourism Research Center Seyed Mohammad Beheshti, and Head of Armenian ICOM Mr. Gorjian. Under the MoU, the two sides will hold exhibitions and training courses related to cultural heritage of Both Iran and Armenia. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exhibition which coincided with International Museum Day in Europe, Beheshti highlighted the deep historical background of Iran and Armenia and its role in expanding bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of culture.

U.K. Signs MOU with China over Tourism
Museums Association, 22 September 2015

UNITED KINGDOM – The U.K. government has signed a memorandum of understanding with China that will see increased cooperation on tourism by improving travel connections and funding museums to create cultural collaborations with China. The culture secretary John Whittingdale and arts minster Ed Vaizey met with their Chinese counterparts last week to agree the deal, which includes more than £4m of U.K. government funding to support cultural exchange between the two countries.

First Chicago Museum Week joins a dozen area museums
Chicago Tribune, 8 September 2015

CHICAGO, USA – For the first time, Chicago museums this fall will band together to offer discounts, special programming and more in a promotion they are calling Chicago Museum Week. The Oct. 1-7 event, scheduled to be formally announced Wednesday, will play out across a dozen city institutions, from the Museum of Science and Industry to the south to Lincoln Park Zoo to the north to the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture to the west. "We've seen the way that rallying around a common theme can help, like fashion week or restaurant week. Why not do museum week?" asked Gary Johnson, president of Museums in the Park, the umbrella organization that came up with the idea.

Waterfront park is no fantasy island
Crains, 7 September 2015

NEW YORK, USA – Many New Yorkers know about Pier55, a world-class park and performance venue planned for Hudson River Park. It was made possible through a gift from Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, who will contribute at least $140 million—the largest philanthropic gift for a public park in New York City history. Pier55 is noteworthy not only for its donors' munificence, but also for its prudence. So it's unfortunate that some have recently dubbed the project "Diller Island"—or, as Crain's put it recently, "Barry Diller on the Hudson." Catchy, no doubt. But such terms trivialize the gift and misrepresent the project. Far from a billionaire's do-what-I-please, public-be-damned fantasy island, Pier55 is the culmination of a deliberate, collaborative planning process.

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