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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #30 on: March 29, 2007, 12:28:52 AM »
That's because Case's new dorms are the most ridiculously uninspiring buildings ever constructed.  Gothic architecture was interesting in the 1600's because it was stretching the structural capabilites of the time.  Simply pasting a faux gothic facade is a slap in the face to gothic architecture and shows how lazy some architects are.
"Oh, the building next door is gothic, let's copy off of that."
That's not how a design process should go.

I wouldn't say tear anything down.  The reason gothic cathedrals are incredible structures is because they were done with Middle Age construction methods.  Their beauty is derived from that fact.  If those construction methods have progressed to what they are now, why hasn't the architecture.  Copying a design just leaves so many unresearched concepts and possibilities on the table.  The designer isn't striving for anything other than fitting into the context.  That is not what gothic designers strived for.  They strived to create dynamic spaces, make a difference, and represent a city.  Architects that simply copy a design are doing none of that. 

The more times I look at the CWRU new dorms, the more genius I realize they are.  They are unique, up to the street, and keep the same flow of the surrounding buildings. These dorms will last a long time, and that's how it needs to be.  Things i know about the dorms off the top of my head

-7 building designs, all are unique from each other (to get away from the cookie-cutter style of dorm)
-no two rooms are alike, other than the rooms immediately above or below.
-the dorms are actually the walls to the football (and soccer) stadium.
-Built SOLID. All brick and copper roofs. Here to stay.
-Built right up to the road and keep the same feel of the surrounding neighborhood, yet still look modern... 1600???  I don't understand.
-Every lobby is based off a Cleveland Art Museum painting with custom made furniture matching the theme (not architecture, but still cool)

Here are some pictures I took 3 days ago..even the pictures don't do it justice to how great they look:
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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #31 on: March 07, 2008, 11:58:47 PM »
[Don't get too excited about this... ;) ]

http://blog.cleveland.com/architecture/2008/03/evolution_is_a_serious_topic.html

Cleveland Museum of Natural History shows early expansion concepts by Fentress Architects
Posted by Steven Litt/Plain Dealer Architecture Critic
March 06, 2008 17:19PM
Categories: Architecture

http://blog.cleveland.com/architecture/2008/03/large_cmnhoverview.jpg
A model of an expansion concept for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History includes a curving glass lobby and a skylight shaped like a giant leaf. The skylight is considered too expensive and may not be built.
 
A model of an expansion concept for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History includes a curving glass lobby and a skylight shaped like a giant leaf. The skylight is considered too expensive and may not be built.

http://blog.cleveland.com/architecture/2008/03/large_cmnhlobby.jpg
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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #32 on: November 04, 2008, 11:30:03 AM »
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http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2008/11/cleveland_museum_of_natural_hi.html
Cleveland Museum of Natural History plows ahead with expansion plans despite economic turmoil
Posted by s litt November 03, 2008 17:56PM

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is chugging ahead quietly with plans for a large-scale renovation and expansion, despite the financial chill caused by the global economic crisis.

Museum officials figure that by the time they finish architectural plans, obtain cost estimates and complete a feasibility study, conditions for fundraising may improve.

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #33 on: November 04, 2008, 11:56:12 AM »
Perhaps this should be in a different subsection since the expansion is/will be an ongoing project

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2008, 12:01:53 PM »
Agreed, but beyond my limited control.

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #35 on: November 04, 2008, 12:08:47 PM »
^^ done.

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #36 on: November 05, 2008, 10:47:20 AM »
I took my kids to the museum a couple weeks ago and they loved it. They're 4 and 2, and I thought their heads were going to explode. They were going from display to display saying "ooh look at this...look at this"

That is, right up until the octogenarian working the front desk came over and shushed them.

Oh well. What I did notice was, outside of my wife and kids, the place was dominated by little cells of elementary school aged kids on school trips, looking devastatingly bored as additional octogenarians were lecturing them on whatever display they were in front of.

The place is a wonderful learning tool, but needs desperately to be upgraded to be more interactive, if they ever want to appeal to younger generations. I'd support , either financially or otherwise, whatever efforts they undertake.

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #37 on: November 06, 2008, 07:34:20 AM »
as a librarian, I am anti-shh.  I also dislike shushing of any kind. 

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #38 on: July 09, 2010, 08:58:26 AM »
And pending renovations/expansions from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History being guided by its new director:

Evalyn Gates takes helm at Cleveland Museum of Natural History as expansion plans gel
Published: Friday, July 09, 2010, 4:00 AM   
 John Mangels, The Plain Dealer



CLEVELAND, Ohio — In the cool hush of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's "rare book room," a wood-paneled nook overseen by lifelike statues of water buffalo, giraffes and other exotic animals, Evalyn Gates is brainstorming.

A major traveling exhibit on climate change is coming, and though it won't arrive until next summer, the museum's new executive director thinks a year isn't too early for her staff to start thinking about how to improve it for Cleveland audiences. Perched on the edge of her chair at the head of a long conference table, Gates gently prods a half-dozen division heads for suggestions.

In its 90th year, the venerable institution is at a pivotal moment, poised for a top-to-bottom makeover of its exhibits and an expansion of its Wade Oval campus.

The changes, which will take years and could cost $30-50 million or more, are the most significant in the museum's long history. At completion, its sleek, modern facade will be sheathed in limestone and glass, shedding the stodgy "dentist office" look that has suffered in comparison to the renovated Cleveland Museum of Art just down the road.

In keeping with the project's focus on sustainability, the building's re-design will include storm water recycling, energy-efficient heating and cooling, and a new parking deck with a plant-covered "green" roof and outlets for electric cars to recharge.

http://www.cleveland.com/science/index.ssf/2010/07/gates_takes_helm_at_cleveland.html

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #39 on: July 05, 2012, 01:12:47 PM »
This should be taken out of Complete Projects.

Peter Anagnostos will head the $50 million-plus campaign to expand and renovate the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History never abandoned plans for an ambitious expansion and renovation during the 2008 recession. Instead it slowed the project until the economic climate improved.

Now, after four years and the appointment of a new director, particle physicist Evalyn Gates, the museum is jumping back into the highly competitive world of raising big bucks for a big cultural project in University Circle.

That’s why it’s announcing it has hired veteran fundraiser Peter Anagnostos of Shaker Heights to head a capital campaign that could run $50 million or higher.

http://blog.cleveland.com/architecture/2012/06/peter_anagnostos_will_head_the.html

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #40 on: July 05, 2012, 01:38:06 PM »
good. the natural history museum is the weak link in university circle and needs a major upgrade

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #41 on: July 05, 2012, 01:52:53 PM »
Former museum director Bruce Latimer once called the building’s main entrance a "brown hole," and said "it sucks all the energy out of you."

I agree with this 110%.

I think a "Welcome to Jurassic Park" gateway entrance or equivalent is in order.

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Re: Cleveland: University Circle Developments (General)
« Reply #42 on: February 20, 2015, 11:38:28 AM »
First look: Cleveland Museum of Natural History $150 million expansion plan to commence in spring

CLEVELAND, Ohio - After nearly a decade of planning, design and redesign, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History will begin construction this spring on the first part of a five-year, three-phase, $150 million expansion and renovation.

The project is aimed at giving the nationally respected institution a sustainable, light-filled, high-tech home better suited to its mission and collections than the dowdy, architecturally dull, midcentury complex it occupies on Wade Oval, where it has grown through accretion since 1958.

"I think it's going to completely transform the experience of all of our visitors," Evalyn Gates, the museum's director since 2010, said of the expansion project in an interview Thursday.

"It will play a leading role on a national level in terms of what natural history museums can and should do for the public and the understanding of science."

Gates said about a third of the total project cost has been raised so far, (up from $39 million last year) and that the museum has cash in hand to start the $20 million first phase, which includes construction of a 300-space parking garage off East Boulevard on the north side of the complex and a new Perkins Wildlife Center on its south side, off Jeptha Drive.

The cost of the project will be $25 million more than estimated three years ago.

Designed by the nationally respected Denver architecture firm of Fentress Architects, with a team of consultants on exhibits, sustainability and other specialties, the project will involve tearing down about a fifth of the museum's existing, 230,000-square-foot complex, and then rebuilding and expanding the footprint.

http://www.cleveland.com/architecture/index.ssf/2015/02/first_look_cleveland_museum_of.html#incart_m-rpt-1

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Re: Re: Cleveland: University Circle Developments (General)
« Reply #43 on: February 20, 2015, 11:59:08 AM »
^ Wow this looks really great. The landscaping plan looks very well thought out.

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« Reply #44 on: February 20, 2015, 12:09:09 PM »
This is really impressive... Way beyond any of the renderings we had seen previously. I think it's going to be great!

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #45 on: February 21, 2015, 05:11:39 AM »
Moved this thread out of 'Completed Projects' from when the renovations were underway - now it's on to the expansion! :-)

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #46 on: February 21, 2015, 06:45:40 AM »
Wow!  I never heard a peep about this project.  The long term expansion reminds me of the art museums undertaking from 2006 to 2012.  This is great!

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #47 on: February 21, 2015, 07:27:08 AM »
I am pretty impressed. I just hope the bobcats use the sky tunnels. That will be awesome.


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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #48 on: February 21, 2015, 07:35:55 AM »
Very nice, now lets see if they deliver design wise on that 300 space parking garage.

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #49 on: March 17, 2015, 11:52:29 AM »
MANY more graphics here:
http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/drcagenda/2015/03202015/index.php


City Planning Commission
Agenda for March 20, 2015

C2015-004 – Cleveland Natural History Museum New Construction: Seeking Schematic Design Approval for Perkins Wildlife Center and Conceptual Approval for Phase 1 of the Entire Project
Project Address: 1 Wade Oval Drive
Project Representative: Laura Rees, AECOM









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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #50 on: March 17, 2015, 06:42:47 PM »
^ Where will they put my beloved Stegosaurus?

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #51 on: March 17, 2015, 06:45:11 PM »
^ Where will they put my beloved Stegosaurus?

Second graphic, labeled "steggie".

EDIT: steggie has been there since I was a little kid and in my dinosaur phase. Of course, I'm old enough that my "dinosaur phase" involved running from the carnivores and hunting the herbivores! :)
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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #52 on: April 16, 2015, 10:56:12 AM »
Steven Litt ‏@steven_litt  3m3 minutes ago
Despite qualms, @goCMNH expansion plans wins design review approval: http://bit.ly/1HxANDk  @inthecircle
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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #54 on: June 16, 2015, 12:19:26 AM »
Cleveland Museum of Natural History breaks ground on $20M Phase I of $150M expansion

Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Wearing white hard hats, dignitaries including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson dipped shiny shovels into a trough of mulch on Monday and officially "broke ground" on the $20 million first phase of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's expansion and renovation.
 
Scheduled for completion in 2020, the year of the museum's centennial, the project will cost $150 million, of which $50 million has been raised so far.

The first phase of the project will involve moving the museum's Perkins Wildlife Center from the north side of the institution's complex to a wooded hillside on the south side along Jeptha Drive.

http://www.cleveland.com/architecture/index.ssf/2015/06/cleveland_museum_of_natural_hi_2.html


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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #55 on: September 17, 2015, 10:04:24 AM »
EUCLID CORRIDOR DESIGN REVIEW
EC2015-028 – Cleveland Museum of Natural History Parking Garage New Construction: Seeking Final Approval
Project Address: 1 Wade Oval Drive
Project Representatives: Chris Kaczmar, Kaczmar Architects
Dave Kaplan, Kaczmar Architects
Bill Mason, AECOM
Sonia Jakse-Barone, AECOM
The above project was Tabled by the Design Review Committee on 9/17/15 and Withdrawn for this meeting.

http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/designreview/drcagenda/2015/09182015/index.php

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« Reply #56 on: September 17, 2015, 11:54:28 AM »

The above project was Tabled by the Design Review Committee on 9/17/15 and Withdrawn for this meeting.


Just in case you missed that on the bottom
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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #57 on: September 17, 2015, 12:05:04 PM »
^It was only for the parking garage, not the entire project, as I read it.

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« Reply #58 on: September 17, 2015, 12:16:14 PM »
Same here. I'm just guessing no action was taken.
Regardless, the plans are posted. I like that they are proposing a solar panel/roof system for the garage

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Re: Cleveland: Natural History Museum Renovation and Expansion
« Reply #59 on: October 23, 2015, 04:31:40 PM »

only clearing of land, but the leveling of the woods sure opens up thhe area to 105 and also East blvd (by the WRHS)