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T3xture collaborated with AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architectural Foundation to organize a series of lectures, a competition, and an exhibition in concert with the publication to promote fresh thinking about “edge,” specifically addressing the Baltimore Waterfront. In 2015, Baltimore’s Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative set a goal of creating a swimmable and fishable Inner Harbor by the year 2020. T3xture asked, how might the edge of the harbor change? Baltimoreons have been discussing the waterfront for nearly 50 years, and the time was right to take the conversation to a higher level. Baltimore: 


Lectures. Maryland architects were invited to present visions of a swimmable, fishable Inner Harbor, continuing discussions that began in the 1980s. Nine T3xture contributors presented their ideas in four lectures, with one visiting expert paired with a local expert. The lectures were then adapted for publication in the journal as well as the exhibition. Lectures touched on the philosophical, environmental, architectural, historical, and social characteristics of the Inner Harbor.


Design Competition. An “ideas” competition was held to consider new designs for Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Maryland architects were invited to re imagine the edge of the inner harbor, with an emphasis on the characteristics discussed in the lecture series. Each entry was limited to three panels and formatted for publication in the journal. 


Exhibition. Entries to the design competition were exhibited at the Baltimore Visitors Center. Randy and other lecture committee members discussed the entries at a kickoff event. Comments next to the exhibit put the design ideas in context and demonstrated how the Inner Harbor could be improved for the wider public. 


Journal. The “Edge” issue included a diverse group of contributors, including philosophers, environmentalists, ornamentalists, ecological engineers, architects, landscape architects, educators, authors, and geographers, who addressed key questions about the future of Baltimore’s edge. The issue featured 13 selected projects by teams of Maryland architects and architecture students.



In addition to the design competition entries, the following contributed to this issue:


  • Edward S. Casey, distinguished professor of philosophy, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY.
  • Kent Bloomer, chief designer at Bloomer Studios and professor emeritus at Yale School of Architecture.
  • Christopher Streb, PE, practice leader with Biohabitats, leader the firm’s research and development effort called Bioworks, Baltimore, MD. 
  • Travis Price, FAIA, architect, environmental pioneer, author, educator, and philosopher, Catholic University, Washington, DC.
  • Carmera Thomas-Wilhite, program manager for the Healthy Harbor Initiative, Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 
  • Daniel Campo, program director and associate professor at Morgan State University’s Graduate Program in City & Regional Planning, Baltimore, MD.
  • Barbara Wilks, FAIA, FASLA, architect and landscape architect, New York, NY.
  • Kathleen O’Meara, architect, researcher, and professor of architectural design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.
  • Roger Tyrrell, architect and principal lecturer, University of Portsmouth, UK, and co-director of the Jørn Utzon Research Network (JURN).

T3xture 4: The Edge of Edge

  • Paperback

    Perfect binding

    6" x 9" (15.24 cm x 22.86 cm)

    Full color 90 pages


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