After Museum Tower in Dallas sprang up three years ago with its accompanying blinding glare– which proved detrimental to its neighboring Nasher Sculpture Center’s whole reason for being– an internationally watched feud kicked in around which party (Tower or Nasher) would be responsible for addressing the relentless burn. (Just typing this sentence takes me back into a kind of fugue state of disbelief.) But the stubborn head of the fund that developed the Tower was ousted from position last summer in a storm of controversy around his overall longterm handling of the fund, and in the meantime the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, which still owns the building, has been exploring the idea of selling the building and also getting more serious about finding ways to reduce or end the glare on the Tower’s side.
There are might be several options on the table, and at least one of them is such new technology that more info is needed before moving ahead. But the takeaway is that the Museum Tower owners are willing to take responsibility for doing something–something–to meaningfully de-glare its glassy facade, and that it’s no longer putting the onus on the Nasher to change the design of its spectacular ocular roof or the design of Nasher’s landscaped outdoor sculpture garden.
If the conversation continues in this direction, this is progress.