Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki: we remain optimistic about India
As we congratulate Architectural Digest India on their fifth anniversary, we in Tokyo are also marking the fifth anniversary of Maki and Associates’ professional engagement with the country. At the end of 2011, Maki and Associates was announced as the winner of an international competition for designing the Bihar Museum in central Patna. At the end of 2016, the museum was racing towards completion. At around the same time, we endured an unjustified removal as the master architects for the Amaravati Capital Complex in Andhra Pradesh—despite winning an international competition for the same in March 2016. These two experiences offer contrasting insights and lessons about the Indian architectural profession as it faces new challenges to its identity within the context of global practices.Read More
HCM City to build Natural History Museum
Việt Nam’s first natural history museum will be built in HCM City on an area of 23.9 hectares inside the Historical and Cultural Park in District 9.
The construction will include a 20-ha botanical garden and museum which will display over 20,000 species of flora and fauna of Việt Nam. It will also have a research centre as well as facility to preserve gene resources.
Lê Dũng, general director of the Science Technology and Production Corp (PTC), which is in charge of developing the project, said: “The museum is the first large-scale complex of culture and science in Việt Nam. Through exhibitions, publications and special programmes, the museum will introduce Việt Nam’s natural history and environment to locals and foreigners.”
Structures: On Legacy, History and Influence
In light of the recent passing of writer, arts advocate and former editor of artscanadaBarry Lord, senior editor Bryne McLaughlin reflects on the intersecting paths of our publication's history, and the theme of our spring issue.
In late January, I emailed the former editor of artscanada, Barry Lord. It was a simple fact-checking query to verify his tenure at the magazine in the late 1960s, the details of which, based on our office archive of artscanada issues and an online search, remained vague, even contradictory. His reply, for the record: “I took over at Canadian Art, published by the Society for Art Publications (directed by designer Paul Arthur) in September 1966. At the same meeting where I was appointed Editor, the Society decided to change the name of Canada’s national art publication to artscanada, and adopt the mag-in-a-bag format, including the discs [more on that to come], and much else besides. The first issue I edited appeared in January 1967.”Read More
Celebrating Women in the Arts: Batul Raaj Mehta, in the business of museum planning
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we profile a series of Indian women in the arts who are game changers in their respective fields. In the first of this series, we feature Batul Raaj Mehta, architect, and the person responsible for setting up Lord Cultural Resources in Mumbai.Read More
Revealed: Shortlisted Designs for UK Holocaust Memorial
The designs by the 10 shortlisted teams in the contest to design a £40 million national Holocaust memorial next to the Palace of Westminster have gone on public display.
Lord Cultural Resources is excited to be involved with not one, but two shortlisted teams for the design of the UK Holocaust memorial. Congratulations to Zaha Hadid Architects and Studio Daniel Libeskind!Read More
Viewpoint: A watery new museum for lakefront Toronto?
Museums are again in the wind in Toronto.
There has long been a need for a Museum of Toronto to locate large collections about the city’s history. That would attract mostly Torontonians.
An even better variant on that would be an “urban museum,” one that gives visitors from everywhere a sense of many actual and possible cities, from the past and into the future, a part of which would be dedicated to Toronto alone. Toronto, after all, is one of the most efficient examples of large and rapid urbanization in the world. That is our strength.Read More
Work on Science City project begins
A Science City in Patna may soon become a reality with work on constructing the boundary wall around its earmarked plot of over 20.48 acres between the Premchand Rangshala and Moin-ul-Haq Stadium in Rajendra Nagar beginning on January 10.
According to state science and technology department sources, Canada-based Lord Cultural Resources has prepared the master plan for the project while the bidding process for selection of architects to prepare its design is likely to commence in February. Targeted to be completed in three years, the Science City is to come up at a cost of Rs 200 crore.
Let’s bring Canada’s Charter back to where it belongs – in Winnipeg
Something has gone missing at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg: the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982. Gail Lord, the Toronto-based consultant who was a key figure in the creation and planning of the CMHR, has a great idea.Read More