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Jean Nouvel's National Museum of Qatar Takes Shape as New Images Released

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

New images of the Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar have been released, as construction continues in Doha ahead of its projected December 2018 opening. The architectural concept for the scheme has been inspired by the desert rose, and seeks to create a dialogue between the fluid, contemporary architectural form of the museum, and the historic objects it will contain. As quoted in a recent press release by Qatar Museums, the scheme will “give a voice to Qatar’s heritage whilst celebrating its future.”

Datong Museum / China Architecture Design Group Land-based Rationalism D.R.C

© Guangyuan Zhang © Guangyuan Zhang

Historic Fortress Inspires Steven Holl's Competition-Winning Museum in France

The white concrete museum is inspired by an adjacent fortress. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl The white concrete museum is inspired by an adjacent fortress. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl

Steven Holl Architects has won an international competition for the design of the Angers Collectors Museum and adjacent hotel in the historic city of Angers, France. Working in collaboration with developers Compagine de Phalsbourg, Holl’s scheme draws inspiration from the nearby 9th century Chateau d’Angers fortress, and seeks to form a new cultural gateway to the city.

Nasher Museum of Art

The museum is composed as a series of five pavilions, each containing a specific component of the building program.

Cooper Hewitt Goes from Dowdy to Digital

The museum is now a far better place to view design than it was before its three-year, $81 million renovation.

MAD - Ordos Museum - Kang Ba Shi City - Inner Mongolia, China

image The museum is enwrapped in reflective metal shutters, such shutters we hope, would transform and reflect the ugliness or whatever appeals of the reality from of the surroundings.

Grand Canopy Wins the Competition for the Art Museum

Grand Canopy, SO-IL, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Art Museum, University of California, US, Florian Idenburg, permeable cover, public facility

Successful collaboration between US firms SO-IL and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson resulted with a winning proposal – Grand Canopy was awarded first prize on a competition to design an art museum at the University of California’s Davis campus. Their design envisions uniting indoor and outdoor spaces beneath a large steel roof – the canopy. Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art is therefore conceived as a landscape of galleries and workshops, referencing the flat plains of California’s Central Valley.

In the words of Florian Idenburg, of SO-IL, the museum of the future will be the one that needs to be able to accommodate a lot of change, therefore a museum on campus should be seen as a testing ground for new ideas. Their aim was to propose a building that would act as a platform, offering a stage on which different things can happen.

Kicking up a stink: Gianantonio Locatelli opens the Shit Museum

Talk of poo has suddenly moved from the gutter to cool design circles thanks to the debut this week of il Museo della Merda - or the Museum of Shit - in Castelbosco, Italy. The world's first cultural institution dedicated to doo-doo is the brainchild of Gianantonio Locatelli, an enterprising farmer who smelled more than just a stink wafting off the piles of organic waste produced by the 2,500 cows grazing on his dairy farm.

After 12 years of transforming 1,000 tons of dung annually into biofuel (which he has sold to the Italian government as an alternative energy supply), as well as into material used for bricks and plaster, Locatelli has converted the farm's 14th-century castle into a public museum dedicated to the undervalued and misunderstood material.

'It's a fantastic subject,' gushes Milan-based architect Luca Cipelletti who restored the ground floor of the medieval structure into nine thematic rooms featuring installations from various artists including Carlo Valsecchi, Daniel Spoerri and Claudio Costa. 'Shit has always been privileged in ancient cultures - the Egyptians and Etruscans used it in their architecture. Today, it's the new gold because you can use it to make energy.'

The museum's rooms take visitors through a tour of excrement's privileged past and its potential future, along with scientific research and information on excrement in culture, technology and history. Meanwhile, the grounds of Locatelli's faeces factory look more like fashion headquarters than a sewer, thanks to several artistic interventions by David Tremlett and Anne and Patrick Poirier.

Cooper-Hewitt Selects DS+R as Exhibition Designer and Local Projects as Media Designer

Diller Scofidio + Renfro were announced today as designers of the gallery and visitor experience for the reopening of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. New York exhibition specialists Local Projects will act as participatory media designer and develop engaging ways to access digital content at the museum and remotely. The museum campus is scheduled to reopen in 2014.