Director of Sustainable Design
Earn up to 3 AIA HSW CEUs
Across the country, cities are experiencing spates of new development. Nestled within these same urban areas, however, are legacy “architectures” spanning myriad typologies and waiting to be adapted for contemporary use. This panel will highlight two case studies that exemplify this trend and attest to the technical intricacies of breathing new life into historic structures.
As was most recently demonstrated by Hurricane Laura, the Gulf Coast is prone to severe, increasingly frequent tropical cyclones. While no substitute for long-term urban planning policies, building enclosures can be designed, detailed, and upgraded to mitigate disaster. Panelists will illustrate topical strategies through varied case studies, with an eye toward identifying widely applicable solutions.
Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts offers a constellation of high-profile works from big-name architects, including Mies van der Rohe, Rafael Moneo, and Lake|Flato. Joining this eclectic bunch is the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, a 200,000-square-foot museum expansion designed by Steven Holl Architects. This panel will peer behind the building’s semiopaque glass “curtain,” an ingenious response to the region’s age-old scourges—stifling heat and intense daylight.
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