The task of this project is to design a visitor-orientated museum using contemporary museum design models and state-of-the-art display technologies and link them with other international museum organizations so as to put Pretoria on the global museum map. Such a facility will also provide the people of Pretoria with a wealth of freely available and accredited information from local, national and international sources, as well as recreation and enjoyment. The museum could fit into the existing urban fabric, to contribute to the city’s cultural and economic status. The Global Museum could then be a building tying museum-related information into a contemporary visitor-orientated display using digital and cyberspace technology to allow both dynamic and visitor-specific displays, allowing each individual visitor to be a curator for his/her own cultural landscape. The museum should focus on commercial, recreational, and visitor enjoyment activities to promote museum popularity and privatize/de-politicize the museum. The museum should also cater for mass-information availability, interactive visitor experience and social functions as well as any personal agenda the visitor might have that would lead to a museum activity a person would take for granted. (Falk H. and Dierking LD. 1990) “The visitor’s personal context is perhaps the single greatest influence on the visitors museum experience … is important for museum professionals to understand the significance of visitors’ agendas and to recognize that they can be manipulated by the museum” (Falk H. and Dierking LD. 1990:37) An architectural problem we are faced with today is the integration of physical and virtual space with the medium through which people view and perceive the digital. While databases, information networks and internet-related information sources are primarily Information Technology (IT) problems, the interface/medium between these and humans are architectural in nature.
Dissertation (MArch (Prof))--University of Pretoria, 2007.