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Inspired Inquiry The best architecture combines the rigor of scientific inquiry with the inspired explorations of art. Equal amounts of science and art produced the four projects profiled on the following pages—two designed for scientific research and two related to the arts. For the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth, the architects of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture applied landscape elements to highlight the facility’s internal program. Cotera+Reed Architects took a less direct approach with its Waco Mammoth Site and designed an enclosure that reveals no clues as to its inner workings. Instead, the building’s peculiar form invites the curious to enter and see for themselves what’s inside. East Village Lofts, a mixed-use development in Austin designed by Bercy Chen Studio, dazzles the eye with an external array of sunshades inspired by the work of late Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica. Art is also on display at Gensler’s Houston Ballet Center for Dance, but it’s the activity inside rather than the building’s surface that draws attention to the new home of the city’s internationally renown dance company. S t e p h e n

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Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2011: Arts & Science