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A Dome’s Heart Plan for Preservation

June 16, 2016
The A-Dome Proposal By James Richards and Ben Olschner Architexts

The A-Dome Proposal
By
James Richards and Ben Olschner
Architects

A couple of architects, James Richards and Ben Olschner,¬† have put some teeth into one of the earlier proposals for preserving the Astrodome’s architectural skeletal uniqueness. Their re-purposing proposal puts the goal squarely on a display that would present what makes the Astrodome individually special to the history of world architecture¬† – its unique skeletal structure. The setting would be organically pleasing, surrounded by trees, and attractive to people’s needs for creature comfort, exercise, good food, and spatial use for special events, and other islands of air conditioned relief. The plan hopes to attract people for a variety of reasons that would encourage return visits. It would be attractive to world class visitors – and also to the possibility of regular use by Houston area residents.

Please read all of the following link, especially the substance contained in the blue-lettered link word “here” at the end of the piece. That latter link contains much more detail on how the re-purposed Astrodome would look, how the space would be used, and how much it may cost to make this conversion – including an estimation of two years, 180 million dollars.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/houston-architect-shares-new-idea-for-astrodome

As it once was during construction, the unique architectural design of the Astrodome would again be visual in the Richards-Olschner Plan.

As it once was during construction, the unique architectural design of the Astrodome would again be visual in the Richards-Olschner Plan.

We need to hope that what works best to save the Astrodome in the short run – and what works best for Houston’s unique architectural structure in the long run – are close to being one and the same thing. That cannot be guaranteed, but The Richards-Olschner Plan for “A-Dome Park” includes an Astrodome History Museum as one of its major pieces – and that’s a facet we of the Pecan Park Eagle view as vital to any long run plan.

Anyway, check it out. And please comment on what you think.

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Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas