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Adaptive Reuse: Crafting a State-of-the-Art Ballpark from an Unused Train Station

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Adaptive reuse is a way for commercial properties to find a new life, and they can be a win-win situation for developers and a community. This is the case for Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros Major League Baseball team. Through creative design and planning, Houston has a ballpark that is unlike any other. It gives a nod to its past while projecting success for the future, and adaptive reuse has made it into the iconic site that it is today. Long before the Astros were founded and even longer before Minute Maid Park was constructed, the plot of land in downtown Houston at 501 Crawford Street belonged to the Houston Belt and Terminal Railway Company. The company dedicated the opening of Union Station in 1911, and it served as the main passenger ... [Read More]

Rocky Balboa & Philly Go the Distance

Monday, November 21, 2016

Forty years ago, a movie about an underdog boxer in Philadelphia became the ultimate underdog. Rocky, written and starring Sylvester Stallone as main character Rocky Balboa, premiered this week in 1976 and went on to win three, Oscars, Best Film, Best Director and Best Editing, out of its 10 nominations. The little film that could had a rumored budget of under $1 million dollars and, to date, has grossed more than $225 million. The pop culture phenomena that is Rocky has crossed multiple generations and driven the original film and its six sequels to box-office success with a total franchise gross of more than $1 billion dollars (and counting). Philadelphia in the 1970s, like Balboa, was an underdog due to decades of turbulence from crime, corruption and civil unrest. Though, like Balboa, the city endured... [Read More]


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