In June 2016, the Vernacular Architecture Forum offered a bus tour of Research Triangle Park and its neighboring, 1960s-era suburbs as part of its annual conference, which was meeting in Durham that year. The tour provided an opportunity to get inside iconic structures such as the Elion-Hitchings (i.e. Burroughs-Wellcome) building and the National Humanities Center, while neighboring residents in the community of Parkwood were generous enough to welcome us into their homes. You can find a debriefing about this amazing expedition at Tropics of Meta — Into the Spaceship: A Visit to the Old Burroughs-Wellcome Building — and download the accompanying guide that was provided to tour participants here.
This work is all drawn from the forthcoming book, Brain Magnet, from Columbia University Press.