Texas Architect November/December 2013: Campus Architecture
This issue explores the value of architectural diversity and creative responses to context. The discussion begins with a series on the three presidential libraries in Texas. Located on university campuses, the libraries all respond to their academic settings in unique ways. Connection is a driving element of the other projects presented — a business school, museum, student center and dining hall, and race track. All strive to tie their respective campuses closer together with individual design statements.
Marketplace Historic Department Store in Houston Demolished The Downtown Houston city block bound by Main, Travis, Dallas, and Lamar streets no longer boasts one of Houston’s oldest department stores. In late September, the 10-story, 791,000-sf structure that was most recently home to Macy’s and formerly housed Foley’s was demolished. Completed in 1947 and designed by Kenneth Franzheim, the building was the last department store in Downtown Houston. The owners plan new retail development for the site. Chicago Minneapolis Dallas schulershook.com Dust settles in the street moments after the demolition of the 10-story department store. Reimagining the Astrodome: Winners to Be Announced at Texas Architects Annual Convention The Architect’s Newspaper Southwest Edition and YKK AP will announce the winners of their “Reimagine the Astrodome” design competition on the morning of November 7 at the Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo. The competition called for architects, artists, designers, and students from around the country to submit their concepts on how the Astrodome might be reimagined, repurposed, and reused. The goal was to bring the same energy, innovation, and “can-do” spirit that motivated the construction of the original dome to an architectural proposal that will preserve the historic structure while giving it an imaginative future. The competition was conducted independent of Harris County’s reuse/ preservation efforts and aims to generate innovative and provocative ideas. The architect of the Astrodome, Arthur Jones, FAIA, took this photo shortly after the building was constructed. MACY’S PHOTO BY FILO CASTORE, AIA. ASTRODOME PHOTO BY ARTHUR JONES, FAIA. COURTESY BEN KOUSH. 11/12 2013 Texas Architect 123