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Old November 6th, 2009, 07:17 AM   #81
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Old November 6th, 2009, 07:23 AM   #82
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Walters is awarded the structural steel contract for The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Friday, August 07, 2009


Walters Inc. is pleased to announce the recent receipt of an award for the detailing, fabrication and installation of the extremely unique Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This is another World Class Museum for Walters in addition to past well known museums Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Canadian War Museum (Ottawa).

Project Facts:

> Design Architect: Antoine Predock Architect, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

> Located at “The Forks” of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers in Winnipeg, Manitoba

> This is one of the first true BIM projects in Canada and definitely the most complex.

> Includes over 5000 tons of a variety of complex elements such as:

- 24” Dia. Curved glazing support.

- Heavy mountain and cloud wall framing (columns weighing over 900 lbs per foot)

- Sloping and skewed framing throughout the including in the Root areas.

- Thousands of concrete tie-ins.

- Over 2000 tons of Architectural Exposed Structural Steel (AESS)


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Old November 10th, 2009, 08:52 AM   #83
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Old November 14th, 2009, 06:42 PM   #84
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Above the rights museum


HERE'S what the city looks like 200 feet — about 61 metres — above ground, with no walls around you and the narrowest of floors at your feet.

Photographer Joe Bryksa and videog*rapher Tyler Walsh made the trip to the top of one of two Canadian Museum for Human Rights construction cranes for these views.

Dizzying as these heights are, the crane will go another 33 metres up — even with the top of the MTS tower near Portage and Main — when it comes time to put up the Tower of Hope, the glass superstructure that will be the museum's signature.


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Old November 17th, 2009, 06:54 AM   #85
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 06:50 AM   #86
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 01:44 PM   #87
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is there any necessity of a museum of "human rights"?
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 04:36 PM   #88
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unless you want to be ruled by a dictator that doesn't give you drinkable water and food. No electricity and no freedom of speech then no.
Canada has played a major role to apply human rights to their citizens and to other countries to create a more safe environment. I believe that we need this museum to tell other generations about the struggling of heroes to achieve excellence.
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democracy gives you "drinkable water and food"?
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 01:03 AM   #90
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democracy gives you "drinkable water and food"?
yes since it is a human right.
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is there any necessity of a museum of "human rights"?
World history is littered with human rights struggles and tragedies. I'm surprised there aren't more human rights museums around the world. I suppose most of the ones that exist already are very specific like the Holocaust Museum in Berlin, the Gay Rights Archives in Toronto, and various US museums chronicling the African-American experience.

It's wonderful that all of these important facets of world history are being brought under one roof. Good job Winnipeg!
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Isiado, I couldn't agree more, this is a great idea, and I hope that through this museum, it is possible to educate those of us who do not realize what the term 'human rights' represents, and the struggles that have been born to bring them to more of the world's citizens. In a time when poeple talk about greenhouse gases as a panacea for all things progressive, they forget that billions of poeple still live in dictatorial regimes that routinely repress individuals or minority groups, and rob them of basic 'human rights' like access to food, clean water, basic education, equal opportunity and equality under the law, in favour of political or commercial interest. It is perhaps not an issue in Milan, as Italy is a very progressive country, but through immigration, particularly its immense refugee program, Canada has become directly aware of these vast groups around the world whose lives are forever altered by these struggles, and Canadians, more then any other population our size, have rallied to their causes. This is why this museum is in Winnipeg, and why it is a momentus occasion for us, and hopefully all those poeple who still live in these places.
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so whats the final design going to look like? Im intrigued
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Isiado, I couldn't agree more, this is a great idea, and I hope that through this museum, it is possible to educate those of us who do not realize what the term 'human rights' represents, and the struggles that have been born to bring them to more of the world's citizens. In a time when poeple talk about greenhouse gases as a panacea for all things progressive, they forget that billions of poeple still live in dictatorial regimes that routinely repress individuals or minority groups, and rob them of basic 'human rights' like access to food, clean water, basic education, equal opportunity and equality under the law, in favour of political or commercial interest. It is perhaps not an issue in Milan, as Italy is a very progressive country, but through immigration, particularly its immense refugee program, Canada has become directly aware of these vast groups around the world whose lives are forever altered by these struggles, and Canadians, more then any other population our size, have rallied to their causes. This is why this museum is in Winnipeg, and why it is a momentus occasion for us, and hopefully all those poeple who still live in these places.
the controversy was about the real existence of the so-called human rights, all made up by the bandits of the monstrous french revolution.

"False opinions are like false money, struck first of all by guilty men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing."
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http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/a...an-rights-tale

By Christopher Hume
Urban Issues, Architecture



WINNIPEG–In its own way, every building tells a story. But few are told with as much drama as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Under construction in the Manitoban capital near the forks of the Assiniboine and Red rivers, this extraordinary structure serves many purposes. As much as it is a museum, it's also a monument, a memorial, an icon – and a giant sculpture, albeit one that meets the Manitoba Building Code.

For its designer, award-winning American architect Antoine Predock, it is "the commission of a lifetime."

He points out that the building is "highly rational and pragmatic" as well as having "sculptural" qualities.

"A lot of form-making is empty; this is not shape-making for the sake of shape-making," he says.

From the outside, the museum will appear as an arrangement of very few elements, but each large and striking. At the centre is the Tower of Hope, a 30-storey spire that acts as the armature on which the bulk of the complex rests. It supports a huge glass shape, The Cloud, which contains many of the galleries and public spaces. Beneath that is a series of ramps, Pharaohonic in scale, that lead into the museum.

"I always speak of it as roots clutching at the earth," Predock explains. "So often, oppressed people are earth-connected. The Earth is our anchoring possibility. From there, you go up into the sky."

Though still a couple of years from completion, the $310 million project will be the first national museum built in Canada since 1967 and the only one built outside Ottawa.

The idea for a human rights museum, which began with the late media mogul Izzy Asper, goes back more than a decade. Then-prime minister Jean Chrétien took an interest in the scheme but it was Stephen Harper, who passed the legislation last year that brought it to life.

"It wouldn't have happened without Izzy," says museum CEO Stuart Murray, a former leader of the provincial opposition in Manitoba. "We want it to be an international museum. It's important on so many levels. That's why we want an iconic building."

That word, iconic, though much overused, feels entirely appropriate here. Keep in mind that a museum of human rights is essentially an institution devoted to an intellectual concept. There will be objects on display, of course, but fewer than in a conventional museum.

"We won't be a space filled with artifacts in glass cases," explains Patrick O'Reilly, the chief operating officer. "We're developing an online museum with virtual exhibits. We've also launched a national outreach program asking people to share their stories with us."

As is always the case with projects as ambitious as this, building community consensus can be as hard as building the structure. The city – despite its troubled relationship with First Nations residents and a civic history that includes the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 – as embraced its newest institution.

"The museum has the potential to change understanding," O'Reilly argues, "and to break down the `othering' that happens. It will help us see our commonalities a bit more."

Then there are the usual economic expectations that come with a development as big as this. Murray mentions "bringing more tourists into the city and making Winnipeg a destination."

The museum represents a surge of energy and investment that has some residents talking about a "renaissance." Certainly, this city of 700,000 could use the help. It has made every planning mistake in the book – including, incredibly, closing Portage and Main to pedestrians – but now smarter, more urban things are happening. In addition to the museum, the altogether remarkable Manitoba Hydro headquarters recently opened in downtown Winnipeg.

Even so, a corporate headquarters, no matter how brilliant, can hardly be compared to a museum, especially this museum. Working with fellow architects Jose Sanchez and Graham Hogan, Predock has fashioned a building, perhaps an architecture, that manages to embody a narrative. The museum is no longer merely a receptacle for things; it is a way of telling a story.

The best-known example of this architecture-as-narrative may be Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin. The building, which opened in 2001 while empty, illustrates the history of a community destroyed by the Holocaust.

Since the Egyptians began erecting pyramids more than 4,000 years ago, architecture has been a metaphor for man's desire to reach to the heavens. The symbolism has changed over the millennia but the urge to transcend our earthly bonds is with us still. In a world that continues to be beset by conflict over religion and ideology, human rights may have finally been given equal footing with the usual sectarian suspects.

The fact of its mandate means the museum could well become an international lightning rod for discussion and debate.

But if human rights ever needed a beacon, this is it.
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