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Living in Information by Jorge Arango

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CHAPTER

9

Sustainability

This design will still be new and fresh 50 years from now, we think. . . . What we have is magnificent.” These were the words of A. L. Scott, President of the Kimbell Art Museum’s board of directors, after the building’s opening.1 Time has proven Mr. Scott right. Since it opened in 1972, Kahn’s building has come to be recognized as an excellent example of museum design and a modern classic.

Given the expense and effort that goes into making buildings, it’s natural that they should aspire to longevity. Some, like the Kimbell, achieve it. But like all systems, buildings are always changing. On the one hand, you have the forces of nature relentlessly wearing down physical materials; left unmaintained, buildings deteriorate ...

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