Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2008: Design Awards
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
texas architect 9 / 10 2 0 0 8 35 E x h i b i t i o n <<< Tod Williams While in Rome, Tod Williams observed permanence and materiality. He explored Rome’s density and construction—“things that are heavy.” It was important for Williams to assimilate the connection between a building and its site. He made a drawing per day, exploring both the density of the paper and the density of Rome, typically on 3” x 5” note cards. In the Pantheon I am particularly drawn to the minute changes made by the move- ment of the sun as it spreads across the coffers… the jiggling, the shaking of the edge of the light… I look away for a moment and its place has changed. I realize that we have only begun to touch our ability for directing the sun to enter a building and to move the way it does in the Pantheon. I wanted to make buildings that lived and existed longer than my own life… Being in Rome awakened ambition, I wanted my buildings to outlast my existence. From my stay in Rome, until our recent work in India we’ve done no commercial work… I wanted the buildings to be personal commitments. I wanted them to have ground- ling; to be serious and well-built. “Lessons from Rome” explores the enduring impact of the ancient metropolis on Robert Venturi, Tod Williams, Thomas Phifer, and Paul Lewis. The four architects are Fellows of the American Academy in Rome (AAR) whose experi- ences there continue to inform their design work. Curated and produced by Smilja Milovanovic- Bertram, an assistant professor at the UT Austin School of Architecture, the exhibition juxtaposes photographs of Rome with images of the archi- tects’ subsequent work. The exhibition, funded through grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Visual Studies and UT Austin, opens on Oct. 20 at Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture. Pa n T heo n PhoTo by Smil ja milova n ovic-berT r a m ; cr a nbroo k School n aTaToriu m PhoTo by mich a el Lessons from Rome exhibition shows city’s influence on four american architects by taEg nishimoto