As former Cranbrook Academy of Art director Reed Kroloff explains in a recent New York Times article, museums, schools, and cultural institutions are growing at a rapid pace following the recession. New facilities for and additions to existing arts institutions have led to high-profile commissions for some of the world's most renowned architecture firms.
Here, Kroloff discusses the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, designed by Heatherwick Studio; renovations to I.M. Pei, FAIA's National Gallery of Art East Building (set to reopen September 30); and new work by Herzog & de Meuron, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Steven Holl Architects, Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, and Ross Barney Architects.
While many of these projects involve new construction, several others employ adaptive re-use strategies: As Kroloff writes, "Thanks to pioneers like the Tate Modern, other institutions are discovering that architectural recycling may be good for more than just the environment."
Read the full story at The New York Times.
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Reed Kroloff as director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Kroloff left the position in 2014. ARCHITECT regrets the error.