Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 720
Weight: 1229 g
Dimensions: 256 x 181 x 39 mm
Edition: 3rd Edition
After the first glow of razzle-dazzle, museums have to "work," and no one understands better how to see to it that a museum will work for the long run than Barry and Gail Lord. This work is a bible for museum survival. -- Robert A. M. Stern, founder and senior partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture
There are no short cuts to successful and sustainable museum development. The Manual of Museum Planning provides a comprehensive and systematic approach to planning museums as developed over the past 30 years by the world's leading museum planning firm. An invaluable resource now in its third updated edition, the Manual demonstrates how LORD Cultural Resources continue to learn and innovate. -- Duncan Grewcock, course director, MA in Museum and Gallery Studies, School of Art and Design History, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Kingston University, U.K.
[A] 720-page compendium specifically designed to be a comprehensive instruction manual for any group wanting to establish, upgrade, or expand their museum....Informed, informative, comprehensive, and thoroughly 'user friendly', the "Manual Of Museum Planning" will prove to be indispensable and is highly recommended addition to museum, historical society, community, and academic library reference collections. * Midwest Book Review *
This highly readable and greatly revised third edition updates the 2001 second edition, edited by G. Lord and B. Lord. As stated in the introduction, this manual has been considered a classic of museum literature for nearly 30 years. This latest edition is sure to continue that tradition. Its subtitle sums up the 21st-century changes to the volume. Authoritative, definitive, and dense, the volume offers up-to-date information and serves as the go-to resource for best practices for both beginners and seasoned museum practitioners. Of special note are the changes from earlier editions, which were divided into three parts covering people, collections, and construction. This new edition is in five parts: "Planning for People," "Planning for Collections," "Planning for Operations," "Planning for the Building," and "Implementation." Each part features several chapters, for a total of 21 chapters that are further subdivided by section. Included are extensive and descriptive figures and tables. The list of contributors reads like a Who's Who in the museum field, making the volume a very approachable essay collection. Chapters address such issues as sustainability, planning documents, facility strategies, site selection, design and construction processes, project management, and the issue of "right sizing" new facilities. Of special note is the introduction by the editors, covering what to look for in the new edition and how to use the manual, along with a discussion of the dimensions of sustainability. Summing Up: Highly recommended. * CHOICE *
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