The book by Womack and Trumpbour.
- Nov. 30, 2016
-- Drs. Kenneth Womack and Bob Trumpbour, authors of The Eighth Wonder of the World: The Life of Houston's Iconic Astrodome
, will be guests at the Architecture Center Houston on Thursday, December 8, 2016. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation and book signing at 6 p.m.
On December 10, the authors will also be doing a signing at Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston at 1 p.m.
The Houston Astrodome, built in 1965, was the first large-scale indoor sports stadium ever constructed, and it profoundly influenced the direction of future sports-related architecture. The book (titled after the Astrodome's decades-old nickname) chronicles the campaign to fund the structure as well as its design and construction, while highlighting numerous events that took place inside the iconic facility.
Womack, Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University in New Jersey, has a personal connection to the story. "As a native Texan, I grew up with the Astrodome, which was a central feature in my family's life, as it was for many Houstonians. But we were always especially proud of my grandfather Ken Zimmerman's central role in designing the engineering behind the building's signature feature: its groundbreaking roof structure."
Trumpbour, Associate Professor of Communications at Penn State Altoona, has authored another book on stadium structure, The New Cathedrals
. Trumpbour is a leading expert on America's stadium culture and the many ways in which they impact the history of civic life. With the Astrodome, Trumpbour traces the story of Houston's evolution from an oil town to an international destination—
a profile that it built on the backs of the Astrodome and NASA's Johnson Space Center.The Eighth Wonder of the World
will be available for sale at both events, and can also be ordered from Amazon.
The Architecture Center is located at 315 Capitol, Suite 120, Houston, TX 77002. For more information, please call (713) 520-0155.
Blue Willow Bookshop is located at 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079. For more information, please call (281) 497-8675.