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Inside David Adjaye’s Design for the New Princeton University Art Museum

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In the historic core of its campus, Princeton University will soon receive a new cultural beacon. Unveiled recently, the design for its art museum by AD100 and Royal Gold Medal–winning architect Sir David Adjaye will create a porous, flexible building, a replacement for the current home of the university’s collections on the same site. In collaboration with museum director James Steward and architecture firm Cooper Robertson, Adjaye has proposed a reconstruction that will double the square footage of the existing facility, introduce a contemporary design that references its historic neighbors, and give the museum a new sense of accessibility when it opens in 2024.

<div class="caption"> The entrance hall and Grand Stair provide welcome and access to the second and third floors. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy of Adjaye Associates</cite>

The entrance hall and Grand Stair provide welcome and access to the second and third floors.

Photo: Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

The existing museum is a “patchwork of different expansions and times that have been welded together,” so navigating its galleries is difficult and some spaces have become more prominent than others due to visibility, explains Adjaye. Its current form “constrained curatorial opportunities,” adds university architect Ron McCoy, and “did not meet the academic needs of a modern teaching museum and had no dedicated space for public events.” The new three-story building will be composed of seven connected pavilions that allow a substantial number of works to be exhibited at the same time on one level. In addition to creating more opportunities for discovery within the collection, the design plans galleries that alternate in size, reducing the fatigue that sameness can bring to a visitor. “The interior enhances the storytelling of art,” says Adjaye, who cites the triple-height lobby, connected to the existing library, and the Grand Hall, a space at the heart of the building for open storage display or lectures, as other elements of the new museum that will bring students, faculty, and visitors

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Air Zoo museum in Portage offers virtual science education labs for children

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PORTAGE, MI — The Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Museum is deploying virtual learning programs through its museum in Portage and across the country in an effort to expose kids and their parents to science education, the museum announced in a news release.

The Air Zoo’s virtual programs are for children age 3 and up, and designed up to immerse kids in hands-on science education courses. Financial aid and scholarships are offered to help both individuals and groups that meet requirements and cover the cost of most of their educational programs, Air Zoo said in the release.

“As we build on the outstanding success of our new, immersive and engaging virtual summer camp programs, that reached children and families across the country, and even into Mexico, the dedicated team here at the Air Zoo is so proud to announce that it has just launched a new and exciting arsenal of science programs, we refer to them as our Virtual Learning Labs,” Air Zoo President and CEO Troy Thrash said in the release.

The Virtual Learning Labs include [email protected] and Virtual [email protected] programs for classrooms as well as newly developed programs for Girl Scouts, Scouts BSA, Cub Scouts, libraries and other organizations.

“As the year progresses, the Air Zoo commits to exploring even more ways to encourage, engage, and ignite our future technical workforce, support our dedicated educators and inspire our community leaders,” the Air Zoo said in the release.

Air Zoo’s [email protected] programs are geared toward families that are not only homeschooling their children, but also those with children in virtual or hybrid classrooms, learning from home. The 75-minute programs are segmented by age and offered once per month, now through May 2021, the release said.

The cost for registration is $6 per child, plus shipping for those with