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De Lange Conference at Rice Rice University will host the 2009 De Lange Conference, “Transforming the Metropolis: Creating Sustainable and Humane Cities,” featuring many of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners of innovative urban solutions. Registration and program information available at www.delange.rice.edu. MARCH 2–4

DAF Lecture Series The Dallas Architecture Forum 2008–2009 Lecture Series continues with a presentation by structural engineer Guy Nordenson, who is currently working on the Kimbell expansion. For more details, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org. MARCH 5

Bywaters’ Printings in Wichita Falls The Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University presents “Jerry Bywaters, Lone Star Printmaker.” The exhibit features his landscapes, architecture and urban themes, portraiture, and genre scenes. For more information, visit www. mwsu.edu/wfma. Thru MARCH 14

‘Raymond Loewy’ at the University of Houston

A new master site plan by London-based David Chipperfield Architects will update the 1986 plan (shown above) that

The University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture presents “Raymond Loewy: Designs for a Consumer Culture.” The UH exhibit features a collection of images and information not previously available to researchers or the public. For information, visit www.arch.uh.edu. Thru MARCH 20

depicts the addition of Piano’s museum. The campus encompasses 30 acres in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood.

‘Living Cool’ Panel Discussion at UT The Blanton Museum of Art at UT Austin presents the panel discussion, “Living Cool.” Annette Carlozzi, Blanton curator, and Kevin Alter, associate dean of UT’s School of Architecture, moderate the discussion with Austin design experts on the enduring influence of “cool” in Austin. For more information, visit www.blantonmuseum.org. MARCH 28

Riverbend Centre Hosts ‘Art in Architecture’ Austin’s Riverbend Centre hosts “Art in Architecture.” The exhibit is showcased in the Inspiration Gallery. For more information, visit www.riverbendcentre.com. Thru APRIL 15

Green Campus Symposium at Texas Tech

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tions to existing Menil art buildings and will preserve the scale, ambience, and residential quality of the neighborhood. But questions remain. For example, because the Menil campus is situated on extremely valuable real estate close to downtown, how can those properties best be protected and used in these financially turbulent times? How will the planning process ultimately balance economic necessity with rhetorical rigor? How will the context be altered to provide for program enhancement to support internal needs as well public use? And, will the inestimable quiet and verdant characteristics of the campus be somehow diminished? Chipperfield recently echoed the concerns of the late founders, current trustees, and staff by remarking, “It is difficult to think of another museum where the combination of collection, architecture, and landscape has created such a relaxed, informal and humane environment for the contemplation of art. This is the challenge through the expansion process: to maintain the Menil’s sophisticated modesty and the ethos of the institution, its vision, its quality, and its extraordinary atmosphere.” In February, Chipperfield’s firm began work on the master site plan and is expected to complete the project in about nine months. W e n d y

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Texas Tech University’s College of Architecture is hosting a two-day Green Campus symposium. Keynote speakers for the two-day event are David Orr, a professor at Oberlin College, and Kevin Doyle, national program director at the Environment Careers Organization. For more information, contact David Driskill, associate academic dean at (806) 742-3136 or david.driskill@ttu.edu. APRIL 15–16

edge of the campus, along the proposed east/ west Richmond Avenue extension of the existing north/south METRORail Red Line. This access would provide better linkage between the Menil and the Museum District, as well as offer transportation alternatives to those working, visiting, and living in the area. Instead of engaging in the dialectic between consistency and change, the Menil entertains both as necessary for the survival of their complex organization. In the opening pages of its strategic master plan, a visionary quote from 1971 (attributed to both John and Dominique de Menil) allows, “It is expected that the Foundation will continue to be unconventional and farsighted. It should not feel bound by loyalties to Dominique and John de Menil that would hinder initiative. As times change, objectives change. …Inventiveness, however, should be blended with continuity, which is essential for lasting creation.” The challenge for the master site plan is to understand the Menil legacy and apply its enduring spirit to increase the organization’s visibility and accessibility without sacrificing its tranquil, oasis-like quality. David Chipperfield Architects and the Menil have embraced several guiding principles for this task. It is accepted that the plan will suggest no altera-

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