Texas A&M's Center for Heritage Conservation will focus on the adaptation of old structures for new purposes during "Adaptive Reuse: Architecture as Found Object," the 12th annual Historic Preservation Symposium set for Feb. 25 and 26 at the Langford Architecture Center's Preston Geren Auditorium.
"Adaptive reuse is one of the most sustainable things we can do," said Robert Warden, director of the CHC. "A lot of data shows that reusing our existing building stock preserves culture and saves energy and materials."
Kansas City's Union Station serves as a good example of adaptive reuse. Abandoned and decaying, renovation of the grand old train station, overseen by Nancy McCoy ('81) an outstanding alumna of the College of Architecture, was completed in 1999. Union Station now houses Science City, a family-friendly interactive science center, an IMAX theater, shops, restaurants, and temporary museum exhibit space.
The symposium begins Friday, Feb. 25, with a public keynote address at 6 p.m. by K.T. Ravindran, head of the Department of Urban Design in the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India.
The symposium continues 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, with presentations by: Ryan Jones, Lake | Flato Architects; Aaron Lubeck, author; Elisabeth Knibbe, Quinn Evans Architects; and Ron Staley, The Christman Company.
A speaker from Brand + Allen Architects, a design and planning firm with offices in Houston and San Francisco, will also make a presentation Saturday.
For more information and registration details, visit the symposium's website at http://archone.tamu.edu/.