Issue No.304 // 28 September 2010
 
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Lille métropole musée d'art modern d'art contemporian et d'art brut reopens

Nestled in a vast expanse of open parkland near the metropolitan city of Lille is the self-titled Lille métropole musée d'art modern d'art contmporian et d'art brut. Originally opened in 1983, the museum has been the recipient of multiple generous donations over the years, including a vast collection of artworks from Geneviève and Jean Masurel in 1979, including pieces by Picasso, Léger and Miró. Heavy, crude concrete protrusions now scrabble around the raw brick edges of Roland Simounet's original museum, like the stubby fingers of a sticky-mouthed child clawing for something wildly out of reach. Flow is not something that comes naturally here. Whilst the internal refit completed by architect Manuelle Gautrand is almost seamless in integrating the existing building.....more

Safety fears for Commonwealth Games
Poor building work blamed as many athletes reconsider taking part in the 2010 Games: Concern is rapidly mounting for the safety of athletes and spectators at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in New Delhi – scheduled to commence on 3rd October.......more

An organic relationship
Behin + Ha's Living Pavilion spends the summer on Governors Island: In a show of classic community spirit, over seventy volunteers from New York have given up their time to carry a sustainable pavilion by Behin + Ha through to realisation. ‘Living Pavilion’ is the win......more

BDP enjoys continued success in China
WAN presents first images of BDP's regeneration masterplan for Foshan: BDP has been appointed as masterplanner, and designer for all of the main buildings, in a major urban regeneration project in the Sanshui district in the heart of the city of Foshan. Located.....more

Filling the black hole...
Bakers Architecten completes complex of six apartments with semi-underground parking: In Utrecht’s museum quarter, just south of the city centre, there was for many years a vacant plot on the corner of Lange Nieuwstraat and Vrouwjuttenstraat. This......more

Archial Group goes into administration
International company put on the market, presenting crucial opportunity for rival firms: Major player Archial Group – formerly SMC – has gone into administration. David Chubb and Graham Frost of PricewaterhouseCoopers, who were appointed joint......more

Handle with care
National Glass Museum in Leerdam gets an edgy extension courtesy of bureau SLA: The brainchild of Petrus Marinus Cochius – director of Leerdam glass manufacturers and founder of the Leerdam glass tradition – the Dutch National Glass Museum in Leerdam has......more

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