Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Edward M. Kennedy Institute's architect is chosen

The New York Times reports that architect Rafael Viñoly has been chosen to design the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

If the name Rafael Viñoly sounds familiar to some of you, it's because his firm was commissioned to design a 2.8-million-square-foot residential complex on the site of the former Domino Sugar Refinery and processing facilities in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.

Now, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate - which is already on my must-go-to list - will not only act as a memorial, but will also be an educational center dedicated to the career of Teddy, who died of cancer in 2009. The institute will stand next to his brother's - the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum which is on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston. Included in the project will be classrooms, a replica of Mr. Kennedy’s Senate office and a recreation of the Senate chamber with interactive desktops to provide information about the senators who have served in those seats and their voting records.

Construction is expected to begin this fall.

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