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Michael Rotondi - Roto Architecture in Texas

Michael Rotondi

What should a university school of architecture look like in the early 21st century? How might the incubation of future environmental designers effect the environment of these and other students today? The Architecture + Art Building at the Prairie View campus of Texas A&M University is, in its own relaxed way, a kind of manifesto. The building greets visitors to the campus an hour or so northwest of Houston as an extruded vessel of brick and perforated metal skin. Sliding into the view of motorists as they exit U.S. Highway 290, it is seen across a flat field scattered, depending on the season, with wildflowers and marked by an isolated oak grove. The building’s architect, Michael Rotondi, calls this leafy circular marker Treehenge (a humorous reference to Stonehenge, the ancient monument in England). It is also a signal of his project’s characteristic mixture of the informal and...

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