Contents Page Abstract Introduction Chapter One: The History of the Museum of Cultures Chapter Two: The Design of the Museum of Cultures Chapter Three: The Construction of the Building Chapter Four: The Assessment of the Museum of Cultures Conclusion Bibliography Abstract The museum of Cultures in Milan, Italy is a building which has an interesting history and a colourful heritage. The purpose of this space is to present a range of cultures from around the world in an area of the city which was once site for industrial work. In the development of this part of the city, there has been a major push to produce a place where the city can present a range of artistic and cultural endeavours in a building which is purpose built to maximise the experience of the public when experiencing being in the building (Toniolo et al., 2015, p. 103). The preservation of culture is an important pursuit if we are to maintain our heritage, not just from the local community but from around the world. The diverse nature of culture can broaden and influence our own in wondrous ways; there is every reason as to why such venues are important to build (Tzortzi, 2015, p.110). This paper will explore the process of the construction of the Museum of Cultures in Milan and assess whether it has fulfilled its intentions. Introduction The purpose of this paper will be to explore the construction of the Museum of Cultures, from its inception as a proposed concept, through to the planning, construction and subsequent performance in its primary function. In order to asses this entire history of the museum, it will be necessary to review the various aspects about the building from the heritage to the prospective plans for the future (Patuelli et al., 2013, p. 372). The architect who designed the building, Sir David Chipperfield, will be discussed in order to understand the reasons behind some of his choices, as well as his position on how they project as turned out upon completion. Through a discussion about the original building schematics through to how the space is utilised and whether the design was indeed appropriate for the needs and uses of the museum. There will of course be an examination of the present usage of the building and if the architectural design, the interior aesthetic and its pragmatic function in relation to the designated purpose of this museum (Frangipane, 2015, p. 463). In this paper there will also be a discussion about the thoughts of Rafael Moneo (2002) who discusses the heritage of buildings and this will be used as a perspective to judge the construction of the Museum of Cultures. The introduction will outline the purpose of the paper and will define the aspects which will be explored. There will be a discussion of the way that Museums are built and whether the Museum of Cultures has reflected these elements. Throughout the paper there will be various images used to illustrate the building process and to present the site before and after construction.Chapter One: The History of the Museum of Cultures This section will deal with the brief and overall history of the site. Looking at the heritage and what was here before its construction. In order to properly assess the Museum of Cultures it will be necessary to review literature pertaining to the construction of museums, their purpose and designation; as well as the considerations the construction project has to have regarding the site and its heritage. Chapter Two: The Design of the Museum of Cultures In this section there will be a discussion about the design of the building was meant to maximise and reflect the purpose of the building both aesthetically and functionally. This section will outline the process of design from blueprints to early schematics and the process with which this went through in terms of decision makers. Chapter Three: The Construction of the Building In this section there will be a discussion about the process of building the museum as well as a discussion about whether or not it was completed to the original specifications. In order to achieve an understanding of the process there will be a chronological and critical review of the process from a wide number of sources. Chapter Four: The Assessment of the Museum of Cultures This section will cover a review of critical issues which have been placed against and have been experienced by the Museum of Cultures. This section will be constructed through drawing upon literature which has commented upon, or discussed the Museum of Cultures in order to assess whether or not the Museum has indeed been successful. In this section, the perspectives of Rafael Moneo among others will be used to assess the Museum. The Conclusion The conclusion will draw together everything discussed in the paper and present a conclusion which assesses the Museum of Cultures from a number of perspectives. There will be a critical analysis about the overall process of the Museum s construction as well as a reflection about whether or not the correct decision were made in terms of maximising its potential. Bibliography Frangipane, A. (2015) From spolia to recycling: the reuse of traditional construction materials in built heritage and its role in sustainability today: a review. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 416, SP416-1232. Moneo, J. R. (2002). The freedom of the architect. University of Michigan College of. Patuelli, R., Mussoni, M., & Candela, G. (2013). The effects of World Heritage Sites on domestic tourism: a spatial interaction model for Italy.Journal of Geographical Systems, 15(3), 369-402. Toniolo, L., Boriani, M., & Guidi, G. (2015) Built Heritage: Monitoring Conservation Management. 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