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Expo 2020 Dubai likely to be postponed until 2021

Expo 2020 Dubai has announced that it will likely be postponed by a year as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Representatives of the event have been working in consultation with key UAE and international stakeholders, as well as the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the governing body for World Expos, to ascertain the impact of the coronavirus and determine whether or not to go ahead as planned. A proposal made by the Steering Committee, supported by Expo 2020, on
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Feilden Fowles to create National Railway Museum's Central Hall

A team led by Feilden Fowles has won the National Railway Museum 's competition to design its new Central Hall with an elegant timber-frame rotunda. Run in partnership with Malcolm Reading Consultants, the competition was launched in September 2019, with a shortlist of five teams announced in February 2020. Proposals were sought for a £16.5m ($22m, €20m), 4,500sq m (48,400sq ft) centrepiece building to provide a new entrance space and integrate the museum estate, which is located in the historic
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Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours of museums and galleries during closures

Google Arts & Culture has partnered with more than 500 cultural institutions to offer 'virtual museum exploration', following the temporary closure of thousands of art galleries and museums during the COVID-19 pandemic. An online platform designed to provide public access to gallery and museum collections across the globe, Google Arts & Culture uses the same technology developed for Google Maps Street View to enable users to 'walk' through world-famous galleries and museums and explore collections and exhibits, via clickable artworks
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Kengo Kuma and K2LD to create Singapore Founders Memorial

Kengo Kuma & Associates, working with K2LD Architects, have won a competition to create the Singapore Founders’ Memorial with a design that "draws from monuments of the past and the context of the present to create a space for the future." The Founders' Memorial International Architectural Design Competition was launched in January 2019. It sought an integrated building and garden experience, with exhibition galleries, landscaped spaces and art installations, as well as stories about Singapore’s first generation of leaders. The
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Musée d'Orsay announces major expansion plans following €20m donation

The Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France, has announced plans for a major expansion project following an anonymous €20m (£17.6m, US$22.4m) donation. The project, called Orsay Grand Ouvert – or Orsay Wide Open – is thought to have been in development for a period of several months and has now been made public following the donation. A new wing and a 7,000sq ft (650sq m) Education Center, as well as an International Research and Resource Centre, are planned. Set to open
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Therme Group gets go-ahead for £250m wellbeing resort

Wellbeing developer Therme Group has been given to the go-ahead to build a £250m ($325m, €287m) wellbeing resort in Manchester, UK, aimed at addressing the need for physical and mental wellbeing for all. Expected to open in 2023, Therme Manchester will cover an area of 28ac (11ha), with a 65,000sq m (700,000sq ft) main building that will house wellbeing facilities, a waterpark and botanical gardens. It will be designed by Therme Arc, the in-house architecture department that has delivered all
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Standing box column

A Living Museum

"It’s extraordinary to take in the authenticity of the site, the enormity of the space, and begin to contemplate the narrative of the museum exhibit"

Behind the scenes of New York’s 9/11 Memorial Museum – a place of collective memory, learning and inclusion
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In the Worlds Collide exhibit, life size statues of animals stampede to illustrate what happened when Panama was formed

Biomuseo

A year on from the opening of Frank Gehry’s museum of biodiversity in Panama, we speak to the people who made it happen
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The twist

Crossing the line

These museums double as bridges and bring art to the lives of ordinary commuters
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Long beams are angled to allow the maximum amount of natural light into the art galleries

Interview: Moreau Kusunoki

Nicolas Moreau & Hiroko Kusunoki

"With big projects like this one, there’s always going to be controversy. Of course people are concerned"

The shock winners of the competition to design the Guggenheim Helsinki have kept a low profile – until now. Magali Robathan goes to Paris to meet them
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The Next Level marks Turrell's largest museum installation to date

Interview: James Turrell and Morten Schmidt

"We will create an experience of real colour and energy"

Using colour and energy for their vast ARos Aarhus Art Museum installation
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Foundation Hall features the ‘slurry wall’ and the 36ft-high ‘last column’ covered with inscriptions, missing posters and mementos

A museum for everyone

"We set out by saying that our intention was to reflect the present with the Memorial Pavilion, whereas the two waterfalls going into the footprints of the two towers reflect the past"

Creating the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York involved meticulous planning. Its director Alice Greenwald tells us more
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Dan Pearson was commissioned to do the planting for Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge

Interview: Dan Pearson

"It’s a public space that’s managed very beautifully and has a strong message of sustainability"

It’s a huge source of sadness that the Garden Bridge became as political as it did, says the project’s landscape designer
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