photos by Louis DeLuca, Tom Fox, and Roland Halbe
Museums and Transformation: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Arne Emerson, Morphosis Architects
Thomas Taylor, Datum Engineers
Friday, November 8, 2013
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Class Code: 66
Room / Location
Room 201 / Convention Center Second Floor
Whether on a macro or micro-scale, transformation is the driving theme in natural processes. The role of cultural architecture in the 21st century is to create a catalyst that promotes change and growth in its surroundings and becomes a tool for learning. In a parallel, scientific research is itself a living system which grows in tandem with "environmental" forces of human need, desires, and ambitions. Museums are powerful tools in the propagation and maintenance of these evolving collective knowledge bases, serving as sites for the public structuring and dissemination of ideas, and as vital catalysts of literacy, connectivity, and community-building.
Come learn how the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, designed by Morphosis, attempts to capture this essence of transformation through a site-specific building response with a dynamic precast concrete façade, an escalator that cantilevers from the exterior face of the building, and a low, curving, and sloping living roof constructed of structural steel over the base of the building.
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