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WE10EM - Evolution of Big Ideas-MASS MoCA and Transformative Reuse (BSA EPNet recommends)

Wednesday, November 8 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Abstract Text:

Big ideas are better when they can be tested and refined over time. The adaptation of existing structures is a long-term project which must continually transform, as subsequent generations of architecture become ripe for re-imagination, and in response to contemporary challenges. Across four decades, MASS MoCA-a small town mill complex transformed into a world class art museum-has been home to these ideas.

Transformative reuse, a set of practices refined at MASS MoCA, uses techniques such as weaving, inserting, and editing architecture to create complex responses to existing buildings and new programs. The complex's transformative reuse stands as a testament to the power of big ideas developing over time.

With an eye towards tracing the evolution of transformative ideas, presenters will use the, recently completed, twenty-five year master plan for MASS MoCA to demonstrate evolving approaches to design for reuse. The presentation will foreground a larger discussion about how architectural ideas themselves productively evolve as they pass between projects and designers.

Learning Objectives:

Analyze how the practice of reuse of legacy sites/structures has evolved over the past several decades and where it stands today.

Demonstrate the value of long-term projects in testing and improving ideas.

Discuss the productive transformations created as ideas pass between projects and designers.

Investigate principles in several transformative reuse projects and understand how ideas are gained from existing buildings to create relationships of cultural value between old and new architecture.


Event Type: Emerging Professionals Pricing > Session


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