‘Old’ is the new ‘New’
Architecture on tap had its final talk for the year, but don’t kick yourself, I’m sure we will be back next year. Where were you though? This go round was focused on preservation architecture and the conversation really took the house down (see what I did there?)
Panelists this month were David Chase, AIA, Principal ArchiTexas; Wilson Fuqua, AIA, Principal J Wilson Fuqua & Associates; Nancy McCoy, FAIA, Principal Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture, LLP; and Katherine Seale, Hon. AIA Dallas, Preservation Dallas.
The knee jerk question, “What makes a building worth saving?” seems to be the go to question when talking about preservation architecture. Our panel had mixed but agreeable answers. Good design although generally subjective can be recognized when done appropriately and responsive is one aspect. Association with an event or cultural significance can stop a wrecking ball, but what is most marketable nowadays is the green aspect (one of our last AoT discussions touched on the idea of not re-designing every time we touch a piece of property). Our environment is forever changing, so if we can pick up on the parts that warrant no change then a sense of place will become evident.
A common hindrance of preservation seems to be the word ‘politics.’ Now I don’t mean to lower tax rates and broaden the base, or lie to you, but politics seems to be a big hurdle for most projects of our built environment.
The conversation moved into adaptive use and adaptive reuse, but then we were let in on a developing hush-hush story about the Bishop Arts Market. If you are interested to hear more about what exciting new tidbits of information can be dropped at an informal talk about local architecture join us next year because this architectural keg is floated….no more on tap…..see what I did there?
JHP Architecture / Urban Design