Soo Sunny Park’s “Unwoven Light” Installation at Rice

Suspended from the walls and ceiling, 37 individually sculpted units are arranged as a graceful, twisting flow of abstract form. Entering the gallery there is no set path to follow. Instead, we are invited to meander slowly as one might stroll along a river’'s edge, stopping to admire the glints of light that dance on the water’'s surface. "Unwoven Light" continues Soo Sunny Park'’s ongoing experimentation with the ephemeral qualities of light and how light affects our perceptions of architectural space. Though immaterial, light is a critical structural element in each of Park'’s works. Here, she has utilized both the gallery'’s lighting…

Architects Talking to Architects: Roman McAllen, Assoc. AIA

Roman McAllen, Assoc. AIA, is a planner for the City of Brownsville and coordinator of its Historic District Facade Improvement Grant Program. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and has a strong interest in historic preservation. Roman McAllen, Assoc. AIA – photo by Alejandro Bastida, courtesy Roman McAllen  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Windsor Village, a well laid out, modest, working class, suburban neighborhood in Houston built in the late 1950s and 60s. All of the streets are named after cities and towns in England such as Sheringham, Oakham and Bridlington. For a time, in…

Remain in Light

No longer confined to a single machine, data storage has gone atmospheric. Content stored in “the cloud” is better protected against loss and is accessible anywhere, a technique enabled by the light-transmitting properties of fiber optic cables and LCD screens. This technology allows a new relationship with past experiences; even distant memories can be easily revisited, visualized, and shared. Expanding on this paradigm is “Memory Cloud,” an installation at the Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center created by Re:Site and METALAB, two Houston-based firms of artists, designers, and architects. The proposal was selected from over 300 submissions to a competition…

AIA Houston Recognizes Student Health Center Proposals

A student design competition hosted by AIA Houston’s Committee on Architecture for Health (CAH) asked groups to consider the integration of health services into underserved communities by proposing health centers near existing mass transit centers. Teams were comprised of four student designers, a faculty advisor, and a professional advisor. Architects from Morris Architects, HOK, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center participated as professional advisors for the three teams.  The students had six weeks to prepare responses to the program before traveling to Houston for the juried presentation. The jurors were Gerard Van de Werken, chief architect with the…

AIA Austin 2013 Design Awards

HONOR  Hillside Residence Alterstudio Architecture A 1927 Austin bungalow was rescued from dilapidation through a substantial renovation and expansion. The building was delineated abstractly in stark white and paired with a new volume clad in black-stained cypress. The two are connected via a glass entry bridge. The renovation respects the original structure’s character, maintaining its inward focus; the expansion, by contrast, is characterized by openness, spatial continuity, and abstraction. Manhattan Micro Loft Specht Harpman Architects radically transformed a tiny, awkward New York City apartment — a 425-sf space with a 24-ft ceiling height — by creating four “living platforms” that…

Waller Creek’s Creek Show

On the heels of the Waller Creek Pop-up Adventure Picnic, when the typically deserted Palm Park hosted five hundred Austinites with an evening of food and live music, there may soon be several other reasons to visit Waller Creek before its upcoming metamorphosis from derelict and forgotten waterway into a vibrant downtown destination. If funding prevails, Creek Show, a series of temporary installations, will appear along the 1.5-mile Waller Creek site in an attempt to surprise and delight the community while also creating awareness about the importance of Waller Creek’s transformation for Austin’s connectivity. “Illumination is the theme,” says Ingrid…