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Key Takeaways from Museums and the Web 2014

Presenter using Google Glass to photograph the audience, then tweet it

(Photo: Neal Stimler from The Metropolitan Museum of Art photographs the audience, displays it on the screen, and tweets it with the conference hashtag, all using Google Glass.)

Interview with Matthew Miller: Revisiting the "If You Build It" Documentary

The completed Windsor Farmers Market at dusk. From IF YOU BUILD IT, a Long Shot Factory Release 2013. Courtesy of Brad Feinknopf.

By now you've probably heard of "If You Build It" and you might have already seen the documentary. Since debuting in 2013, the feature-length film about design education has become a staple of the film festival circuit, bringing publicity to the design-build curriculum of Studio H co-founded by Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller. AAO spoke with Miller about his experience teaching ten teenagers in rural North Carolina while being filmed. When you cut 200 hours of footage down to 82 minutes, some parts of the story don't make the cut. Hear his thoughts on what was left out as the film chronicles an early stage of his design education career, and how he's currently working to transform high school shop class into a home for design education.

Rice Design Alliance Hometown Tour of Santiago, Chile

Skyline of Santiago, Chile

Join the Rice Design Alliance this June 8 through June 14 as we travel south to take in the architecture of Santiago, Chile. Rice School of Architecture Professor Carlos Jiménez and noted architectural historian Stephen Fox will be our guides for a one-week journey to the country's capital and cultural, political, and financial center, as well as nearby Valparaíso and Viña del Mar.

Shortlist Revealed for UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 Design Competition

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) today announced the shortlist for the design competition for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo.

The eight multi-disciplinary teams progressing to the second stage of the competition are (in alphabetical order with team lead first):

AL_A with The Nature Conservancy, The Future Laboratory, Exposure, Gross.max, Woodroffe Bassett, AKT II and Max Fordham

Natural History Museum Design Competition Concept Strategies Revealed

The Natural History Museum today released images of the five concept strategies put forward by the shortlisted teams vying to win the design competition to reshape the Museum’s grounds and reinvigorate its public setting in the heart of London’s South Kensington.

The images will go on show at a public exhibition at the Museum in London from today, as well as being available digitally through the dedicated microsite:

Member Spotlight: Seattle Design Organization Sparks Ideas Competition

Seattle-based Design in Public recently unveiled the winners to its latest ideas competition, "Redesigning the School Lunch Experience." In this interview with DiP Associate Director Katherine Wimble, we cover a few of the ins and outs of competition management, and share some helpful resources for fellow AAO Members.

UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 Design Competition

Designers and content specialists are invited to create a UK Pavilion which offers an unforgettable visitor experience.


The £6 million Pavilion will showcase Britain’s distinctive qualities of enterprise and creativity to a potential audience of 20 million international visitors. The competition presents a fascinating opportunity for an exceptional team to come to world attention.



Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) has been appointed to run the design competition for the UK Pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan.

The two-stage competition has a fast-track timetable and will launch in the third week of January on a dedicated website. A winner will be selected by May 2014.

Working to the Expo theme ‘Feeding the World: Energy for Life’, the UK Pavilion will showcase British creativity and innovation with a special focus on food, lifestyle, technology and sustainability. The Pavilion will have a high visual impact and provide a distinctive visitor experience.

Launch of Mumbai City Museum Design Competition

The Mumbai City Museum has launched a two-stage competition to find a team to design its new north wing.

The new addition to the existing Museum is expected to be 8,000 to 10,000 m2 (85,000 - 110,000 sq ft), providing new galleries and facilities including an interpretation centre, a library, an archive, conservation facilities and a new museum shop and café. At the heart of the new wing will be a permanent gallery to showcase contemporary


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