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Museum Tower saga rages on as officials reject the Nasher’s “unattractive” louver solution

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On November 20, the Museum Tower released a statement claiming that Nasher Sculpture Center representatives had canceled a meeting to discuss the louver solution. Courtesy of John Sughrue
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Nasher consultant Rick del Monte developed the louver solution as a potential way to prevent light reflected from Museum Tower’s glass façade from entering the Nasher’s galleries. Courtesy of Nasher Sculpture Center
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The Museum Tower has released its own study decrying the louver as unattractive, unpleasant and unacceptable to homebuyers.  Courtesy of Museum Tower
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In its November 20 statement, the Museum Tower had strong words for those who publicly criticize the prolonged decision making process. Courtesy of Museum Tower
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Another day, another twist in the Museum Tower debate. On November 20, the Museum Tower released a statement claiming that Nasher Sculpture Center representatives had canceled a meeting to discuss "the feasiblity of a retractable louver solution."

Nasher consultant Rick del Monte developed the louver solution as a potential way to prevent light reflected from Museum Tower’s glass façade from entering the Nasher’s galleries.

 The Museum Tower's study questioned the ability of louvers to mitigate reflected light and the system's durability in high winds.

On Tuesday, the Museum Tower also released its own study decrying the louver as unattractive, unpleasant and unacceptable to homebuyers. The study questioned the ability of louvers to mitigate reflected light and the system's durability in high winds.

This comes fresh on the heels of an op-ed in the Dallas Morning News by noted arts patrons John Eagle and Deedie Rose. The November 18 column, titled "Museum Tower reflects on all of Dallas," puts added pressure on Museum Tower officials to embrace a solution. 

In its November 20 statement, the Museum Tower had strong words for those such as Eagle and Rose who publicly criticize the prolonged decision-making process. 

We would hope that the sophisticated, knowledgeable citizens of Dallas, who are commenting without benefit of any technical information specific to Museum Tower, would realize that it takes many months to study and test a project of this scale. Museum Tower’s technical team has worked in good faith to study the louver system and find a viable solution since Mr. del Monte’s proposal.

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