Discussing Adaptive Reuse for Museums

New Ideas Need Old BuildingsAt the recent American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Conference, held in Seattle Washington May 18 – 21, 2014, AMS Director Katie Oman led a wide-ranging discussion with a panel of museum leaders and architects entitled “New Ideas Need Old Buildings: Museums, Cities, and Adaptive Reuse.”

The session addressed museums’ relationships with their communities and neighborhoods at a variety of scales, as well as the opportunities and pitfalls of developing capital projects in existing spaces.  The group examined a number of important examples in Seattle including: Storefronts Seattle with Matthew Richter, the City of Seattle’s Cultural Space Liaison; The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience with Executive Director Beth Takekawa and architect Rick Sundberg (Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects); Chihuly Garden and Glass with architect Owen Richards (ORA), and the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) with Executive Director Leonard Garfield and architect Sam Miller (LMN Architects).

The panelists discussed topics ranging from the ecological sustainability of building reuse, to engaging community and design partners for a collaborative development process, to urbanism and cultural economics.  The session’s handout is available for download (PDF format).

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