William Harris hosted the 2018 Directors Forum at Space Center Houston and NASA Johnson Space Center from January 29-31. We had an invigorating meeting with the Directors’ Round Table, frank dialog on “Hot Topics” with Laura Lott , AAM President, and Cristin Dorgelo, ASTC President (flanking William Harris above), a preview of the new Space Center Houston master plan by William Harris, followed by exploration of Space Center Houston and Johnson Space Center including the astronaut training center and past and current mission operations control rooms.
Participation in a charrette on Space Center Houston possibilities facilitated by Jim Oswald (Gensler) helped us re-imagine the science museum of the future. Jim Oswald also worked with us to refine and strengthen the purpose of ASMD. Stephen Klineberg’s (Founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research) thought-provoking presentation on his long-term study of the dramatic changes in demography, economic outlooks, experiences, and beliefs in the Houston area highlighted changes occurring across the country that are critical to consider in museum planning for the future. A surprise presentation by astronaut and Director of the NASA Johnson Space Center Dr. Ellen Ochoa in the Star Ship Gallery, in full view of the Apollo 17 Command Module, highlighted an already incredible experience.