A Symphony Hall and Green Strategies
Special Report from the AIA National Convention
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Frank Gehry’s New World Symphony campus for Miami Beach, situated between the Lincoln Road pedestrian mall and the convention center, is the location of one of the most anticipated hardhat tours of the convention. The 81-year-old architect’s familiar folds and creases will define its interior atrium, but the exterior is, as one Miami architect observed, an homage to Italian Rationalism. It’s difficult to make any historical claims about the building now, but the excitement about its future is palpable.
Green roof systems. Porous pavement systems. Bio-retention. Rainwater harvesting. Wastewater reduction. Encouraging native landscape systems. What do these 6 strategies have in common? The same integrated thinking that any intervention in the land must foster, architectural or ecological. “Landscape in High Performance Buildings,” one of the best attended among Thursday’s sessions, posited that strategies can easily become design principles: to protect, conserve, and utilize. The point, according to session organizers, is to position landscape architecture at the beginning of the design process as an integrated tool and not an afterthought.