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Friday, November 6 • 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Let's Move All the Museums Out to the Airports (or, at Least Just the Smithsonian)

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A rhetorical investigation in to the idea that in order to fulfill the dual and sometimes competing mandates of access and preservation, in addition to meeting our fiduciary responsibilities, perhaps the physical and conceptual architectures best suited to the needs of the cultural heritage sector are found in the contemporary airport. From SFO to Amsterdam to Mumbai to Taiwan more and more airports are starting to not just to look like museums but to act like them too.

Does the sector's present focus on buildings-as-a-spectacle hijack the longer-term mission of its collections and can we look on the systems and infrastructures required to operate and maintain airport facilities as both a provocation and a guide towards a sustainable future?

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Aaron Cope

Head of Internet Typing, SFO Museum
Aaron Straup Cope is currently Head of Internet Typing at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Museum. Previously, he was Editor at Large at creator of the Who's On First project, at Mapzen. Between 2012 and 2015 he was Head of Engineering at the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt... Read More →

Friday November 6, 2015 3:45pm - 4:15pm CST
Calhoun Hyatt Regency Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403

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