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AIA New York’s Future of Cultural Centers Series Explores New Visions for 21st-Century Museums

The fall 2020 installment of the series will feature five conversations with museum professionals, focusing on how cultural institutions can use this unprecedented moment to adapt to the changing times.

The AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee, in collaboration with DVDL DD, has launched the second part of the series “The Future of Cultural Centers,” which seeks to explore how arts and cultural institutions can be reimagined to adapt to our changing times. Supported by Microsol Resources, the conversation series will pair cultural forecaster and museum expert David van der Leer of DVDL DD with museum professionals from the US and beyond.

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As the world rapidly changes around us, it is becoming less certain whether old frameworks for the programs of museums will be relevant for tomorrow’s institutions. Changes in technology, along with the challenges of COVID and growing demands for racial and social justice, have forced us to reconsider how we experience and consume art and culture, and how institutions can better foster a sense of inclusion and community. In this series, Van der Leer engages in informal conversations with museum professionals to ask, “What would museums for the 21st century become if we were to take this unprecedented time to explore new missions, visions, and programs for existing and new institutions? And ultimately, how does this impact how architects design the museums of the future?”

The first four programs in the fall series will feature critical conversations between Van der Leer and museum leadership:

  • Courtney J. Martin, Yale Center for British Art (October 20)
  • Miranda Massie, The Climate Museum (October 27)
  • Uzodinma Iweala, The Africa Center (November 10)
  • Estuardo Rodriguez, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (November 17).
  • The series will culminate with a December 1 panel, NextGen Reflections, which invites young museum professionals Naiomy Guerrero, formerly Perez Art Museum; Lisa Kennedy, Museum of Dissent Collective and The Science Museum; and Alice Power, Victoria & Albert Museum, to reflect on and reimagine what’s in store for cultural institutions.

“Museums are notoriously intricate institutions that today have a responsibility and opportunity that goes beyond the care, presentation, and interpretation of objects,” says Van der Leer. “Museums can help us see things differently, help us make sense of an increasingly complex world, and be a true part of everyday life. In our conversation series, we have learned that museum professionals are often stifled by the bureaucracies and frameworks they operate in, but also that so many of them care deeply and that they want to speak up about great ideas for change they have for the field. This series provides exactly that platform for dialogue and innovation.”

“As technology providers, we have supported the design and maintenance backbone of cultural centers for over 30 years; as denizens of the world, we have benefited immeasurably from what they offer to us and our families for even longer,” says Emilio Krausz, President of Microsol Resources. “How could Microsol Resources pass up on the incredible opportunity to support these invaluable institutions? We are delighted to be able to be sponsors of such a worthwhile series.”

“The events of the last several months have brought into stark light the shifts and ruptures that our world is undergoing,” says Mercedes Armillas, AIA, Program Director of the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee. “Our cultural centers can play a vital role in helping our communities heal and rebuild. These conversations offer architects the opportunity to hear directly from professionals from a variety of museums and cultural centers about their visions for reframing relationships with communities.”

The fall installment of the series will be followed up by a spring 2021 installment, with themes, speakers, and dates to be announced in the new year. Videos recordings of the complete summer 2020 session are available on the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee page.

To register for the fall 2020 upcoming sessions, you can go here.

 

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Using Autodesk Subscription Products OFFLINE

Do you need to access Autodesk software from the job site, commuter train, or at a weekend home? If so, please review the important information in this article to make sure that you can maintain access to your software, even if the connection to the internet is unreliable.

With new subscription contracts, license validation and software activation are no longer handled with serial numbers, product keys, or license files. Rather, the licensing service uses an active internet connection to validate the licenses.

Per the terms of use, the user can access the software OFFLINE for up to 30 days after activation.

  • For a subscription with single-user access, named users need to connect to the internet every 30 days and sign in to the software so the product stays up-to-date and verifies that the subscription is still current

However, due to the functionality of the licensing service, activation can be wiped out if the attempt to validate a license fails. The Licensing Service will fail to activate for the following reasons:

  • The product has not been assigned to the Named User that is trying to access the software
  • A poor internet connection causes high latency with Autodesk’s servers, resulting in a timeout
  • The Firewall/Antivirus is blocking the licensing service from communicating across the internet

Ultimately, to maintain access when working OFFLINE it is important to ensure the following:

  1. Update the software in the Autodesk Desktop App, including Hot Fixes, Security Patches, Licensing Service Updates, and Service Packs.
  2. Check that the connection with the internet is stable and the necessary firewall settings are in place
  3. After the product has been activated, disable the NETWORK ADAPTER. This will force the computer to stay OFFLINE and will prevent the licensing service from attempting to activate, and risk failing.

At Microsol Resources, we have received a few support cases where licensing failed on a poor internet connection, even if it was activated the previous day. Based on feedback we have received, I have posted an Idea to the Autodesk Ideas Forum, which proposes the creation of a Borrow feature, similar to the functionality for Network Licenses.

Subscription Activation – Force OFFLINE mode

Feel free to vote for the idea, or comment and make a different suggestion! Community support is a great way to catalyze the development of better tools.

For general information on the Transition to Named User, please read our blog post Top 10 Resources for Autodesk Subscriptions.

Are you having trouble using an Autodesk product offline? Call us at 888-768-7568 or send us an email!

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The Future of Cultural Centers | Dialogue Series

As the world rapidly changes around us, old frameworks for the development of cultural centers look less and less relevant.

During the Summer and Fall of 2020, AIA New York will look specifically at museums, questioning what would happen if we were to take this unprecedented time to explore new missions, visions, and (spatial) programs for existing and new museums.

 

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What will 21st-century museums be like? Join us for this Fall line-up of conversations as a cultural forecaster and museum expert David van der Leer, Principal of DVDL DD, speaks with museum professionals from around the US and beyond.

Organized by the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee and DVDL DD, and sponsored by Microsol Resources.

Argenis Apolinario Photography 2019
Argenis Apolinario Photography 2019

Courtney J. Martin, Yale Center for British Art

Tuesday, 10/20, 12-1pm

The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, encompassing works in a range of media from the fifteenth century to the present. 

In this week’s installment, Van der Leer will be joined in conversation by Courtney J. Martin, Director of Yale Center for British ArtThe Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, encompassing works in a range of media from the fifteenth century to the present. It offers exhibitions and programs year-round, including lectures, concerts, films, symposia, tours, and family events.

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Photo: Sari Goodfriend.

Miranda Massie, The Climate Museum

Tuesday, 10/27, 12-1pm

The Climate Museum seeks to inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions. 

In this week’s installment, Van der Leer will be joined in conversation by Miranda Massie, Director of The Climate MuseumThe climate crisis is the defining challenge of our time. The Climate Museums seeks to inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions. The Climate Museum is creating a culture for action on climate, inviting people from all walks of life into the conversation, and building a community around just solutions.  

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Uzodinma Iweala, Chief Excecutive Officer, The Africa Center. Photo by Caroline Cuse
Photo by Caroline Cuse

Uzodinma Iweala, The Africa Center

Tuesday, 11/10, 12-1pm

Serving as the hub for the exchange of ideas around culture, business, and policy related to the continent, The Africa Center inspires enthusiasm, and advances thought and action around Africa’s global influence and impact on our collective and shared futures.

In this week’s installment, Van der Leer will be joined in conversation by Uzodinma IwealaChief Executive Officer, The Africa Center. The Africa Center provides a gateway for engagement with contemporary Africa. The center is transforming the world’s understanding of Africa, its Diaspora, and the role of people of African descent in the world. Serving as the hub for the exchange of ideas around culture, business, and policy related to the continent, and in the spirit of collaboration and engagement with individuals and institutions who share the Center’s values, The Africa Center inspires enthusiasm, and advances thought and action around Africa’s global influence and impact on our collective and shared futures.

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Estuardo Rodriguez, President & CEO, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino

Estuardo Rodriguez, Museum of the American Latino

Tuesday, 11/17, 12-1pm

The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino strives to create a museum in Washington, DC, to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories.

In this week’s installment, Van der Leer will be joined in conversation by Estuardo Rodriguez, Executive Director, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino. The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino strives to create a museum in Washington DC. to educate, inspire, and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories. By highlighting the contributions made by Latino icons, pioneers, and communities to the American way of life we are all better able to truly understand what makes our nation great. The campaign to create a Smithsonian American Latino Museum has been active since 2004. As the largest ethnic group in the nation with arguably the oldest ties to the founding of this nation, we have a compelling case for moving onto the iconic National Mall and joining the many prestigious institutions that welcome the over 30 million tourists and residents each year to present our American story.

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NextGen Reflections

Tuesday, 12/1, 12-1pm

In this week’s installment, Van der Leer will be joined in conversation by young museum professionals from the US and beyond: Naiomy GuerreroIndependent Curator; Lisa KennedyCurator Team Leader, The Science Museum in London; Alice PowerAssistant Curator, V&A Museum, London

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Previous Series Videos

Watch, or re-watch, dialogues from the Summer 2020 installment of the Future of Museums Dialogue Series.

Nico Wheadon, NXTHVN

Alexandra Munroe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Margriet Schavemaker, Amsterdam Museum

Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, Cooper Hewitt

Scott Cooper, Academy of Natural Sciences

Damion L. Thomas, National Museum of African American History and Culture

 

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