Waterworks Wednesday with Architect Umberto Guarracino
On Strength by Repetition in Industrial Design
March 29, 2017
The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum welcomes architect Umberto Guarracino, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, of GDA design & architecture, inc. in West Hanover, MA, for a very special illustrated lecture entitled “Strength by Repetition in Industrial and Utilitarian Architecture.”
Working with the design concept of “parti,” the talk will examine the architect’s organization of forms, spaces and volumes into orderly groups – a process that can become highly recognizable and memorable, if strengthened by the presence of a fundamental or repetitive element. Industrial and utilitarian facilities, like the historic Waterworks building, gain an aesthetic intensity through the use of such design elements.
Mr. Guarracino, formerly a lead architect at CDM Smith, will take a look at the concept of “parti” in design. Drawing from a wealth of experience in applied and private practice, he will describe both ancient and modern works of architecture, including his own designs at locations across the globe.
Timed to coincide with the United Nations' celebration of World Water Day on March 22, the Waterworks invites you to reflect on our most precious natural resource: water. The artists brought together for this show take a deep look at the intrinsic beauty of water, and consider the impacts of climate change and global warming that threaten the drinking water of so many across the globe.