A living museum for industry and technology : an adaptive reuse of the Seaholm Power Plant, Austin, Texas
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Necessity is the mother of invention, invention propagates change and the nature of such change requires technology. We live in a society which is subject to the accelerating of technological development and therefore accelerated chan·ge. Acceleration of change leads to the acceleration of the development of our built environment which has dramatic effects on people. As people resign themselves to the safety of their personal environments, they become isolated because the concept of village does not exist in suburbia. It has been replaced with individual space. The solution to this problem lies in recognizing suburbia as one of the most significant developments of our technological age and to seek ways to accelerate the understanding of such development. This leads to the thesis that: Architecture can provide the necessary cues to evoke the conscious associations which within a context, architecturally link the past, present, and future through memory. The adaptive reuse of the Seaholm Power Plant for the purpose of A Living Museum of Industry and Technology combined with a phenomenological program provides the vehicle through which the thesis may be realized. The Living Museum of Industry and Technology will feature an emphasis on state and regional development in industry and technology. There is also an emphasis on local and civic role of providing ,new amenities to Austin's cultural base. The reputation of Austin" as the state capitol and the strong imagery and iconography of the built environment of Austin and the surrounding area also playa major role in the development of this project. The em phasis of the project is to evoke those conscious associations through the context which concretize the reality of the sometimes nebulous context of technology.