TM09 - The Art of Green

Monday, November 6 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk (Lobby) « Back

Abstract Text:

Explore how historic preservation combines with sustainable contemporary architecture to provide educators, students and the public with awe-inspiring spaces to make and discuss art while safely housing masterpieces. This tour will visit two certified LEED Gold cultural icons on university campuses in Cambridge. The Harvard Art Museums project fulfills Harvard's vision of housing their museum collections into one state-of-the-art facility. The project involved salvaging and reinstalling historical building components; protecting frescoes and an interior courtyard replicating a 15thC Italian piazza; replacing MEP systems; and adding conservation labs. Further down Massachusetts Avenue, Lesley University expanded their College of Art and Design on a highly constrained urban site. An historic church was moved and renovated and a new building designed to fit the corner site. A glass atrium for display space and gatherings connects the buildings. Constructing the arts center required co-operation between university and city planners and neighborhood associations. The Lunder Arts Center helps redefine Lesley University as a center for creative thinkers, and incubates a vibrant arts district in Porter Square. This tour will review the sustainable practices used and examine how the project is having a positive impact through the transformational power of the Arts. Tour Restrictions: Security sign-in with valid photo ID required.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this tour, attendees will be able to discuss how colleges and universities can collaborate with key stakeholders, and the community to advance urban campus projects and develop sustainable design solutions that respond to planning and zoning constraints.

Upon completing this tour, attendees will be able to identify visually and functionally effective and appropriate ways to combine the reuse of historical buildings and historical architectural materials with a new building, materials or systems.

Upon completing this tour, attendees will be able to analyze the roles and responsibilities of various design and construction team members in achieving sustainable certification goals and meeting energy performance targets, particularly in facilities with intensive climate control requirements, including art galleries, classrooms, conservation labs, studios and spaces for educational and social gatherings.

Upon completing this tour, attendees will be able to review design and construction practices used to transition from newly constructed projects into existing historic facility spaces to maintain or improve museum-quality climate control requirements or to provide high-quality, sustainable environments for resident artists and galleries.

Learning Level:

Level 300 - Application/Implementation


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Event Type: Tour > Session