June 3-5, 2020 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

Historic Preservation

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Historic Preservation

Track Name: AEC Next
Session Date: May 22 2019 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Session Credits: 1.5 AIA LU

The Taliesin West Data Capture- A tale of Exploring New Technology in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Desert Laboratory

In 2018 the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation approached Leica Geosystems with a unique problem that could only be solved though the use of cutting edge technology. The foundation wanted to digitally preserve and share Taliesin West through an immersive experience making it available for all to enjoy, no matter distance, accessibility challenges or time. Taliesin West was a working laboratory for Frank Lloyd Wright and this is where he could experiment with materials and push the boundaries to see what could be done to advance the way we build and live. All of the buildings were experimental buildings that were constructed over time, many with had little or no plans. This construction laboratory seemed a fitting place to also try a new blend of fused sensor technology from a partnership with Leica Geosystems and Matterport captured by Multivista. Through the combination of the BLK360 laser scanner, Matterport camera, sophisticated documentation and an immersive media platform anybody anywhere can now experience the work of the master architect. The preservation team also has over 800 scans documenting the interior and exterior of the entire campus they use as part of the preservation program. True to Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision, this immersive experience represents a new way for the world to access, preserve, and think about design and organic architecture.


Brian Smith

Leica Geosystems

Maintaining the Monumental – The Testing, Monitoring and Preservation of Harvard

Harvard Stadium is a National Historic Landmark boasting historical significance in the fields of engineering and architecture, and most importantly, the game of football. It is regarded as an engineering marvel. Built in 1903, it is the world’s first massive reinforced cast-in-place concrete structure and the first college football stadium built in the United States. Silman is in the midst of implementing a bespoke material testing and monitoring program to better understand the building’s behavior and to inform future repair and restoration efforts. The goal of the testing and monitoring program will be to obtain a deeper understanding of how the building is moving under a plethora of loading conditions, such as thermal loading, wind loading, and live loading, and to tie those findings into structural analysis to help prioritize major repairs and support long-term planning activities. In conjunction with a testing and monitoring program, Silman is heading up the 2019 structural repairs.


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