Using the Eco-station itself to demonstration environmental stewardship during the 2014 ASTC Conference.
October 13, 2014 (Raleigh, NC) -- Noted Raleigh, NC, architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, will present a special workshop during the Association of Science-Technology Centers’ (ASTC) Conference in Raleigh October 18-21, hosted by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS).
Harmon’s workshop, entitled “The Building Is The Exhibit,” will be a preconference, offsite event held at NCMNS’s Prairie Ridge Eco-station in West Raleigh on Friday, October 17, from noon until 4:30 p.m. Harmon’s firm, Frank Harmon Architect PA, designed the Ecostation’s award-winning outdoor classroom and garden pavilion. He explained:
“The most important issue facing society in the 21st century is sustaining the natural environment. Buildings consume 40 percent of all the energy used in America, a greater proportion than all the transportation systems combined. A science center or museum that conserves the environment in a demonstrable way is a vital teaching tool.”
According to the NCMNS website, the Prairie Ridge Eco-station "furthers the Museum's mission of enhancing public understanding and appreciation of the natural environment by providing an outdoor learning space while acting as a model for renewable and sustainable energy.”
Nancy Gottovi of STARworks, an arts and crafts incubation center in Star, NC; Charles Yelton, director of Prairie Ridge; and Lindsey Lambert of the NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, will join Harmon during the workshop. Harmon’s office designed the “green” NC Pottery Center and is currently working on the STARworks project, which involves transforming an old textile mill into a thriving arts center.
“The Building Is The Exhibit” requires preregistration, which will begin on the Raleigh Convention Center’s mezzanine at 7 a.m. October 17th.
The annual ASTC Conference allows science center leaders the opportunity “to create and renew connections with colleagues, as well as brainstorm, collaborate, learn, and be inspired by, and with, members of the science center and museum field from around the world,” according to its website. It also lets companies and businesses display their products and services to the largest gathering of museum professionals from across the globe. For more information on ASTC and the 2014 conference, go to http://conference.astc.org/home.
For more information on the Prairie Ridge Eco-Station, visit http://naturalsciences.org/prairie-ridge-ecostation.
For more information on Frank Harmon, visit www.frankharmon.com.
About Frank Harmon, FAIA:
Frank Harmon, FAIA, is principal of the multi-award-winning firm Frank Harmon Architect PA in Raleigh, NC, a Professor in Practice at NC State University’s College of Design, and the 2013 winner of AIA North Carolina’s F. Carter Williams Gold Medal, the highest honor presented by the Chapter to an AIA NC member to recognize a distinguished career and extraordinary accomplishments as an architect. In 2010 Harmon was included in Residential Architect’s inaugural “RA 50: The Short List of Architects We Love.” Harmon is also the author and illustrator for “Native Places,” a blog in which he uses hand-drawn sketches and mini-essays to examine the relationship between nature and built structures. For more information: www.frankharmon.com. Contact information: Email Contact; 919.829.9464; 14 East Peace Street, Raleigh, NC 27604.