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"Architecture is a dangerous mix of power and importance." — Rem Koolhaas
The relationship of architecture and its power to influence can be manifest politically, economically, socially, and culturally to achieve very different and meaningful results. In this issue we investigate the power that architectural development has made on Dallas through the years until today, when it has become one of the most vibrant and fastest growing areas in our nation. The features explore the different aspects of this power and its impact on the community, culture, and lives in throughout Dallas.
This discussion of power is at the core of the Columns mission statement. It has been my honor and privilege to lead the team of Columns volunteers over the past 16 issues in shaping this ongoing conversation. However, it's time for a dynamic new voice to lead the publication into new realms and take the conversation in exciting new directions. I am moving on as editor and thrilled to welcome our new editor, James Adams, AIA. As associate editor of Columns for the past six years, James has contributed a number of engaging features and influenced the direction of the publication in many ways. As editor, he will no doubt enrich even further the future of our esteemed publication. Please join me in thanking and welcoming James.
Harry Mark, FAIA
Architects wield significant power in their contribution to the built environment. However, in the past several decades, the profession has experienced a trend of relinquishing this power largely through commoditization. Conversely, architecture has also suffered from being reduced to iconic, ego-driven work that elevates a small percentage of commissions while downplaying the value of the majority of what is produced. Competition and globalization have contributed to this, along with a strong aversion to taking on liability in the litigious society of today.
The AIA and Columns magazine strive to serve as a voice for the profession. By fulfilling our mission to “explore community, culture, and lives through the impact of architecture,” we seek to showcase the value and power of good design. Over the past four years and many long lunches and late evenings, Harry has led this charge. His passion and attentive nature profoundly touched all of us and refined the quality of our content. We will miss him dearly. Personally, I thank him for the legacy he has left us.
At Columns, we will continue exploring diverse voices and stories that reflect the value of good design. Please enjoy the journey along with us. We hope to make a difference!
James Adams, AIA