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Whats are the architectural elements that symbolizes a museum for this century?
Hisham Mohammed
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Museum
Hisham, what about either a cube of glass or a cube of concrete? or of course the latest fashion in architectural designs, a cube dropped from a great height.
Frank John Snelling
Museum
Please elaborate, I am not sure I understand your question? As far as I am aware there are no symbolic elements that characterise a museum. Looking at museum design around the world, I do not see any recurring elements.
Shiraz Allibhai
Museum
According to Homi Bhabha, everything has a form of identity. Something comes from somewhere. In architecture you can identify a building by its style, form or layout. I'm asking is there a defining element for a museum in the 21st century?
Hisham Mohammed
Museum
Okay understood. My sense when entering new museums is that I feel like I am in an IKEA. I have a certain path that I am expected to follow. I look at set peices and end up in a cafe and have to pay for my purchases when I leave. It is not so much an architectural element, but rather forced circulation and consumption that defines a 21st century museum.
Shiraz Allibhai
Museum
Thanks you Shiraz
Hisham Mohammed
Museum
Shiraz, I agree completely with your post of March 23rd. The original educational element of museums has been changed to commercialism with the "customers" being lead around a maze or should that be labyrinth?
Frank John Snelling
Museum
With public funding cuts in many countries museum are doing what they can to survive. As far as I am aware. the only financially sustainable museum is Madame Tussaud's in London.

This has fostered a climate of commercialisation that has moved museums away from their primary education role and into one of survival.

If you think about it, IKEA is the perfect museum of human habitat.
Shiraz Allibhai
Museum
Shiraz, Ouch! re your "IKEA is the perfect museum for human habitat" and I thought I was a cynic.

And as for Madame Two-Swords in London, I think it is the ghastly and gruesome exhibits that people go to see rather like a Victorian freak show.

The ancient Roman recipe for keeping the masses in Rome quiet was "Bread and Circuses" and that was what the Colosseum in Rome was built for.
Frank John Snelling
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