by Abram Goodrich
The AIA has commissioned Studios Architecture—the firm for which I work—to fulfill a task: Take a Modernist office building from 1973, turn it into a paragon of green architecture and workplace design while also positioning it for Landmark status. I love this project. At its core is this question: How does one simultaneously transform and preserve?
Clearly, this project will be a showcase for the AIA on the topic of preserving Modernism. What do you think the AIA should say with this project?
To prime the pump, let me try to provoke AIA-member response by sharing some personal thoughts (all in evolution) about preservation:
- Architecture is storytelling. In this case, the protagonist is the AIA.
- Interventions, inevitably, “speak” not only through that which is created anew but by the way they editorialize.
- We can imagine that the headquarters offers a narrative composed by many authors and edited by every generation with the common goal, ultimately, of ensuring a vital story.
- Vitality is paramount. Won’t our protagonist be more three-dimensional, more vital if we can see both where you came from and where you are going?
What is your vision?