Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Kennedy Senate Institute Design Unveiled

He designed Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, and now architect Rafael Viñoly has unveiled his scheme for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The Boston structure will sit near the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, on Dorchester Bay.

Kennedy Senate Institute Design Unveiled

He designed Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, and now architect Rafael Viñoly has unveiled his scheme for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The Boston structure will sit near the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, on Dorchester Bay.

From the Boston Globe:

“It will not be, as some have cynically suggested, a static library or a shrine, either to my husband or even to the United States Senate,’’ said the senator’s widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, when she spoke at UMass Boston’s commencement in the spring. “Rather, it will be a dynamic center of learning and engagement that takes advantage of 21st-century technology to provide each visitor with a unique and information-rich, personalized experience that literally will bring history alive.’’

We can't help notice: here's another instance in which Boston shows it knows how to make the most of its waterfront.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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