Texas Architect March/April 2014: Materials
This issue on “Materials” focuses on the new Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum. A series of three articles details and critiques the highly anticipated expansion of one of the most renowned museums of the 20th century. As a continuation of the discussion of the marriage of materials and art, we also feature the 12th Street Studios in Austin — the workspace of a practice born of the marriage between an architect and an artist. A study in the simplicity of materials that make up a ranch in Real County rounds out the discussion.
Marketplace Docomomo US and Houston Mod team up to host second annual Docomomo US National Symposium. 2014 Docomomo US National Symposium: Modernism in Texas The second annual Docomomo US National Symposium will be held in Houston on March 13-15. This event, hosted by Docomomo US and Houston Mod, will bring together worldrenowned designers, scholars, students, and professionals for an exploration of current issues facing modern architecture and cultural heritage preservation. Exclusive tours and networking events will highlight exceptional examples of modernism in the greater Houston area as well as sites that may be endangered. the city’s modern landmarks include Mies van der Rohe’s Museum of Fine Arts, Gunnar Birkerts’ Contemporary Arts Museum, Ulrich Franzen’s Alley Theatre, and Philip Johnson’s University of St. Thomas, as well as more recent works by Renzo Piano, Raphael Moneo, Yoshio Taniguchi, and Thomas Phifer. There are also many fine examples of early residential modernism found throughout the city’s 20 protected districts. Docomomo US is the United States chapter of Docomomo International, a nonprofit dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the modern movement. Houston Mod is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas. For more information about the Docomomo US National Symposium, visit: www.docomomo-ussymposium.com. AIA GRAPHIC COURTESY AIA. KENT R. HANCE CHAPEL PHOTO BY DROR BALDINGER, AIA. DOCOMOMO ARTWORK COURTESY DOCOMOMO US. Houston is a treasure trove of modernism; 3/4 2014 Texas Architect 95