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.
Marketplace Gulf Coast Green 2012 Gulf Coast Green, May 1, in Houston, announces its 2012 keynote speakers, Stan Cox and Mitchell Thomashow. Mitchell Thomashow Cox is a senior scientist at a nonprofit agricultural research institute in Salina, Kansas. After earning his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1983, he spent 13 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, publishing 80 papers on crop breeding and genetics and developing 22 strains of pest-resistant wheat. Since 2000, he has been working with a team of scientists on breeding perennial grain crops for future agricultural systems. His book Sick Planet: Corporate Food and Medicine was published by Pluto Press in 2008. director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program, a program designed to assist the executive leadership of colleges and universities in promoting a comprehensive sustainability agenda on their campuses. He is the founder of Whole Terrain, an environmental literary publication, and Hawk and Handsaw, a journal of creative sustainability. He is also the author of two books. For more information about Gulf Coast Green, visit gulfcoastgreen.org. Thomashow is the Images of Texas’ Past Archived Online This rediscovered 1972 film shows a tour of the Highland Lakes from a hot-air balloon. Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is actively searching for any film or video collections referencing Texas or made by Texans. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently provided several such films to TAMI, including episodes of the 1950s television program “Texas in Review” that includes a segment on the historic French Legation in Austin. historic structures in Texas, including the Alamo, the Governor’s Mansion, and the Ysleta Mission, among others, will be online by early March. The films are part of the THC archive. The ever-growing collection of TAMI films, including home movies, documentaries, local television programs, and more are shared in TAMI’s online video library, where you can search by location, historical event, famous Texans, or other keywords to find archival videos representing Texas history and culture. Visit www.texasarchive.org learn more. Episodes featuring other 3/4 2012 Texas Architect 67