Texas Architect March/April 2012: Destinations
Destinations represent different points of arrival, whether a temporary stopping place during a student’s busy day on campus or destinations for entertainment and cultural events.Of particular note is the destination for dignitaries from around the world who will travel to Houston in mid-April for the official unveilingof the Asia Society Texas Center, previewedon page 44. Yoshio Taniguchi’s design for the$48.4 million building establishes the New York based Asia Society (founded in 1956 by John D.Rockefeller III to educate the public about Asia)with its first branch between the two coasts. Thefour-day celebration culminates with a free openhouse on April 14-15 for the public, featuringtours, food, and performances, as well as theopening of Treasures of Asian Art: A RockefellerLegacy, a temporary exhibition of works from theMr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Collection atAsia Society New York.
Trends of the Trade Marketplace Texas Among Top 10 States for LEED Texas has over 50 million square feet of LEEDcertified commerical and institutional building space. Texas ranks eighth among states in the U.S. for the per capita amount of commercial and institutional square footage certified by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system in 2011, according to figures released in January by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The data show Texas as having just over 50 million square feet of LEED-certified commercial and institutional building space, which equates to a 1.99 per capita rate. 10 list with a 31.50 per capita rate is the District of Columbia, followed by Colorado (2.74) and Illinois (2.69). As of Jan. 10, USGBC records indicate that a total of 677 buildings in Texas have been certified through the LEED program since its start in 2000. For the full list of LEED-certified projects visit usgbc. org/press. Topping the Top 3/4 2012 Texas Architect 65