Brampton seeking public input for culture master plan
The City of Brampton is looking for ideas on how to shape its first culture master plan.
Local planners have embarked on drafting a new strategy for the delivery of municipal cultural services and investments over the next 10 years.Read More
Food is the new battlefield among museums, and Singapore has set the bar
Modern museumgoers have increasingly high expectations when it comes to the quality and inventiveness of food available to them at cultural institutions. As Gail Lord describes, “we are certainly living in a foodie age when people snap photos of food with the same enthusiasm they do for the Mona Lisa”. While the National Gallery Singapore is indeed setting a competitve standard with Michelin-quality dining on-site, Gail notes examples of museums from the 1980s onward which are integrating food into visitor experience.Read More
Wild Detectives Gathering Seeks a Place for Literary Community in Dallas' 2018 Cultural Plan
More than 60 writers, poets, publishers and book fans packed into a local independent bookstore and were split into smaller groups. The Office of Cultural Affairs, in conjunction with Lord Cultural Resources and buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, asked the groups three questions: What is good, or not good, about working in Dallas? What is missing from the local literary arts scene? What are you willing to do to make those changes happen?Read More
After Years of Neglect, Old City Hall Deserves Toronto’s Attention
Mr. Ortved's firm, CS&P Architects, has been studying Old City Hall along with a platoon of other consultants including museum specialists Lord Cultural Resources. Their recommendation, endorsed by city staff, is to re-purpose the building for a new city museum. This is something Toronto should have had 40 years ago, a huge missing link among its cultural institutions and a needed forum for discussion of the past and present. The consultants also imagine a new branch library, five times the size of the current branch in City Hall; and a variety of other "compatible uses," likely office space.Read More
Dallas’ Next Great Plan. Maybe.
The Dallas Cultural Plan is a new document in the works under the auspices of the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs, with help from a New York-based consultant called Lord Cultural Resources. When the plan is completed this summer, it will be the product of almost a year’s worth of research. Consultants, city staff and officials, and a steering committee comprised of local arts advocates have spent that time trying to better understand how the city supports the arts and what the city can do to better facilitate a more vibrant and equitable cultural scene.Read More
Finding Light Through the Concrete of Canada's Holocaust Monument
In 2007, Laura Grosman, an 18-year-old university student in Ottawa learned that Canada was the only Allied nation that didn’t have a monument to victims of the Holocaust. The granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, Grosman was incensed and began lobbying politicians. It was perplexing that Canada—a country that had played an integral role on the beaches of Normandy in 1944 and helped to end World War II—had no permanent marker for the civilian victims of that war.
Ten years later, Canada’s National Holocaust Monument—also known by its official title, Landscape of Loss, Memory, and Survival—finally opened to the public earlier this fall.Read More
Maria Balshaw Has the Art World on Her Shoulders
The normally staid world of museum exhibitions has been upended over the past two years by a series of protests that have made global headlines. In 2016, Greenpeace shut down an exhibition at the British Museum sponsored by BP Plc, the fossil fuel giant. In March climate activists in Paris staged dramatic protests demanding that the Louvre abandon its financial agreement with Total SA, another oil and gas behemoth.Read More
Visit Whistler’s Audain Museum: A World-Class Gallery in a Relaxed Ski Resort
The Audain Art Museum honors the stunning, unspoiled wilderness in Whistler, British Columbia, the most picturesque resort in town. The Audain Art Museum honors many past and present artists who have been inspired aesthetically and sipiritually by the powers of the landscape. Its permanent collection is a visual homage to the British Columbia's Indigenous people and its unspoiled nature.
Lord Cultural Resources prepared the Strategic Plan for the Audain Art Museum. “To see a collection you would expect to see in a major city in a ski resort and a building that is this sophisticated surrounded by mountains is a special experience.” -Gail LordRead More
Sister Act: Patna Museum is in stellar company with the newly minted Bihar Museum
The generous 5.3-hectare competition site along Patna’s Bailey Road allowed for a variety of planning approaches. Most competitors responded quite directly to the state’s desire to have an “iconic” building—creating dramatic forms, extensive cantilevers, and complex geometries. In contrast, we conceived the Bihar Museum as a “campus”—an interconnected landscape of buildings and exterior spaces with a modest but dynamic profile, in harmony with the land.
To create the “campus”, we gave each zone (entrance, education, exhibition and administration) a distinct and recognizable form within the complex. These independent, smaller-scaled forms were linked together via seven exterior courtyards, ensuring that all spaces were connected to the surrounding landscape, while remaining sheltered and comfortable throughout the year. Each courtyard had a unique theme, configuration and spatial quality; several were strategically located to shelter the existing trees on site.Read More