2016 International Museum Construction Conference
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2016 International Museum Construction Conference

2016 International Museum Construction Conference

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Spuistraat 175, 1012 VN Amsterdam, Netherlands

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November 13, 2016
W Amsterdam

Day 1

8:00AM – 8:30AM Registration Desk
(Light Continental Breakfast will be provided)

8:30AM – 9:30AM: Museum Building in the Netherlands and Northern Europe

Speaker: Mårten Janson

A look at planned and newly built museum buildings and rebuildings in the Netherlands and its environs: the projects, the architects and the public controversies.

9:30AM – 10:30AM: Constructive Water: NeMo Science Center

Speaker: John Kraus, Royal HaskoningDHV

NeMo, the science center in Amsterdam is build on a tunnel and actually floating, making use of the upward pressure on the water. The construction is primarily a steel one, rare in the Netherlands. Another example is a small museum in the province of Zeeland, which is housed in a huge concrete caisson. The caisson was sunken on a location where the dyke broke through in 1953 during our worst flooding in recent history. The caisson also floats on the upward pressure of water and the museum is dedicated to commemorate the flooding, a perfect example of how content and container can go together.

Using water as a supportive element for a foundation is not new, but it has gained new relevance in view of climate change, ‘intelligent’ coastal zone management, rising sea levels and the development of public venues dedicated to environmental issues. There are also quite a number of initiatives worldwide to build floating museums as a part of new water front projects to revitalize redundant dock areas.

10:30AM – 11:00AM: Networking Coffee Break

11:00AM – 12:30PM: Climate Change – Our Challenge & The Lighting of the Voorlinden

Jack Plumb, National Library of Scotland
Bart Kramer-Segers, Arup
Solmaz Esmailzadeh, Arup
Siegrid Siderius, Arup

Part 1: Climate Change – Our Challenge
“Most of us are in the Museum / Archive sector where we look after the National Heritage of our countries, be that in the form of Art, Libraries or Museums. These collections are stored or exhibited in controlled environmental conditions – but does this have to be at the expense of our environment. Not surprisingly we think the answer to that question is a resounding NO!

Today we have brought together designers, building operators and suppliers, at the cutting edge of providing sustainable Museum and gallery environments that quiet literately do not cost the earth”.
Part 2: A Discussion on the Lighting at the Voorlinden Museum
The newly opened Voorlinden Museum designed in close collaboration with the museum owner Joop van Caldenborgh, displays his collection of contemporary art in a modern but classical building with symmetrical shape and generous dimensions.

The design consists of six parallel walls allowing the interior to open up to the surrounding park. An elegant white colonnade bears the ingenious daylighting roof structure and the façade alternates dune sand-colored stone and thin glass fronts.

The interior was designed in three sections to accommodate different programs: collection presentations, temporary exhibitions and permanent works. It includes twenty day-lit exhibition spaces, an auditorium, a library, educational space, a restoration workshop and a museum shop. Arup was responsible for all building services related to the interior climate and museum experience, such as lighting, mechanical and electrical engineering, fire safety, building physics and acoustics. 

12:30PM – 2:00PM: Networking Luncheon (provided in registration)

2:00PM – 3:30PM: Discussion on Cities, Museums and Soft Power

Book Preface by Richard Florida
Read Chapter 1 
32 Ways to Activate Your Soft Power

Ngaire Blankenberg, Lord Cultural Resources

3:30PM – 5:00PM: Discussion on the Centro Botin Project (*NEW SESSION!)

Emanuela Baglietto, Renzo Piano Building Workshop

The Centro Botin project is a space for art. culture and education, overlooking the Bay of Santander, Spain. The re-conversion of the pier de Albareda offers the change to revitalize a large part of the waterfront and bring it back to the life of the city. It also allows a dialogue between the built form and the landscape. The proximity to the sea, marine environment and the atmospheric light shimmering on the rippling of the water surface, is essential for the orientation of the building and the facade material.

The building nestled between an urban park and the sea, restores the link between the historical centre and the bay. 

It becomes a cultural destination fostering the social and economic development of Cantabria. 

5:00PM – 6:00PM: Networking Reception

November 14, 2016 

Day 2
W Amsterdam

8:30AM – 9:00AM: Registration Desk
(Light Continental Breakfast will be provided)

9:00AM – 10:30AM Europe’s New Museum Development Frontier

Yanko Apostolov, RIBA, Cooper Robertson

Eastern Europe may have largely missed out on the global museum building boom of the last 30 years, but recent developments are pointing to a brighter future. EU funding for culture, together with the region’s relatively low construction costs, are allowing significant national museums to modernize and once again plan for growth. Unveiled to the public in 2015, Phase 1 of the expanded Bulgarian National Gallery is one such example – an integrated design and funding approach to reinventing museum institutions in the context of a larger European cultural framework. In this session, Yanko Apostolov, RIBA, the architect of the museum complex, will talk about the process and lessons learned over the past 5 years.

10:30AM – 11:00AM Networking Coffee Break

11:00AM – 12:30PM Successful Projects and Lessons Learned

Walt Crimm, Walt Crimm Associates
David Greenbaum, FAIA, LEED BD+C, SmithGroupJJR
Martha Morris, George Washington University
Carole Wharton, Carole Wharton, LLC

This session will present the state of recent museum building based on important international studies and lessons of multiple museum conferences. Speakers will share data on trends, standards andbest practices of successful projects; outline the key steps in the building process and share red flags that can point to potential problems in a project’s realization.

12:30PM – 2:00PM Lunch (On Your Own)

2:00PM - 3:00PM Exploring the Rijksmuseum Renovation and Maintenance Plan

Karen Keeman, Rijksmuseum
Igor Santhagens, Rijksmuseum

5:00PM – 6:00PM Networking Reception

6:00PM Evening On Your Own

November 15, 2016 
Day 3 - Rotterdam Day Trip

8:30AM – 9:00AM Registration Desk
(Breakfast On Your Own)

9:30AM – 11:00AM Trip to Rotterdam
Group will board buses to Rotterdam *(Transportation is included in registration fee)

11:00AM – 12:15PM Plenary Session - Past and Future of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Discussion on the new Collectiegebouw Building

Mr. Sjarel Ex, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Jean Hilgersom, Toorend Partners

12:15PM – 1:15PM Networking Lunch at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

1:00PM – 3:00PM Museums Tours (group will tour the following museums) :

3:00PM – 4:30PM Travel Back To Amsterdam

*Agenda Subject to Change
**English is Official Language for the Congress

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