Taniguchi’s Asia Society Texas Center Gets Into the Ground

A reader sends in photos from the mudfest last week on the large block at Southmore and Caroline in the Museum District, where construction has at last begun on the new Texas Center headquarters building for the Asia Society. An elaborate groundbreaking ceremony for the 2-story, 38,000-sq.-ft. building featuring dancers, drummers, and noted local restaurateur Yao Ming took place more than 20 months ago. Meanwhile, architect Yoshio Taniguchi continued tinkering with the design, and the organization continued its fundraising efforts.

More muddy views of what’s going on, plus a look at the latest model:


Photos: Swamplot inbox; model: Asia Society

2 Comment

  • Why do people insist on using the word asian when they obviously don’t want to include the whole continent. Asia stretches from oceania all the way to Turkey (yup Israel’s in it too as are India and Iraq and Afghanistan)

    So why not use something more accurate and constrained?
    Oriental – too racist?
    Far east – depends on where you are?
    China and neighbours? – just as inaccurate?

  • “Asia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of the United States and Asia. We seek to increase knowledge and enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of arts and culture, policy and business, and education.
    Founded in 1956, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Washington, DC.” http://www.asiasociety.org