FREE: Architecture on the Loose

BI's first book-form publication, “FREE: Architecture on the Loose,” presents 26 essays from 23 contributors and explores the exchanges between architecture and its wider cultural context. FREE: Architecture on the Loose Editors: E. Sean Bailey and Erandi de Silva BI (2014) ​Review by Ronnie Self Free love, free labor, utopia, barbed wire, Generation X, gay decorators, Le Corbusier, the Arab Spring, land art, the future… You can cover a lot of territory with a unifying theme as vast as “free,” which is what the 23 contributors have done in the 26 essays that comprise “FREE: Architecture on the Loose.” It is the…

Field Constructs Design Competition

Texas Architect magazine, Ecology Action of Texas, and Pentagram invite you to participate in the first-annual Field Constructs Design Competition. Entries are due by April 1. ***REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15*** Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) invites emerging designers, architects, landscape architects, and artists to submit proposals for temporary installations to be sited at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin. The international competition will result in the realization of five to eight submitted entries, selected by a jury of leading figures in architecture, design, and art. The completed installations will open to the public in November of…

2014 Conference: Attendee Continuing Education Credit

Certificates and Credit Your 2014 Texas Society of Architects learning unit hours have been tabulated. You can review your Continuing Education Certificate here. Please print out the certificate for your own records. This is the most important documentation of your conference attendance. Please be aware that the AIA stopped requiring and recording all Sustainable Design credit in 2012. You can view the official announcement here. All AIA transcripts currently show a total of 0.0 SD hours. However, the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) still requires that at least one of the 12 necessary Health, Safety, and Welfare hours must be related to sustainable or energy-efficient design. As the…

Architects Talking to Architects: Kory Bieg, AIA

Kory Bieg is an assistant professor of architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2005, Bieg founded OTA+, an architecture, design, and research office that specializes in advanced digital design and construction technologies. He is the chair of TxA Emerging Design + Technology and a co-director of TEX-FAB. He is a registered architect in the state of California, Colorado, and Texas. Kory Bieg, AIA – courtesy Kory Bieg Where did you grow up? I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico – home of green chile! I used to spend afternoons and weekends driving around the state, exploring the land.…

Collaboration & Craftsmen

Conceiving and making an architectural piece grows out of iterative conversations between drawing and maker. Architects Wendy Dunnam Tita, AIA, of Page and Vicki Yuan, AIA, of Lake|Flato Architects celebrate the results of their professional interactions with longtime craftsman collaborators Mark Macek of Austin and Max Patino of San Antonio. Dunnam Tita and Yuan both have worked with these artisans on many projects over many years, and they agree that having a professional relationship with a craftsman allows them to innovate with confidence. “Knowing the capabilities of who is executing the design and leveraging those skill sets are crucial to a successful…

El Paso Knothole

Southwest University Park is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas, a Triple-A baseball team affiliated with the San Diego Padres. The newest and, some say, the finest ballpark in the minor leagues, it opened this April after a breakneck 11-month construction phase. In addition to designing a top-notch baseball facility, the park’s architect, the Kansas City-based Populous, as well as the city of El Paso itself, wanted the building to reach out and engage the community, both to draw fans to the game and to spur the revitalization of El Paso’s downtown. This is most notably achieved at the ballpark’s northernmost point,…

The Autodidact and the Art of Composition

au-to-di-dact [aw-toh-DAHY-dakt] Noun: 1. a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person Sketching and drawing are central to my life, and a sketchbook is a constant and best-loved companion. Though most architects can sketch and draw with varying degrees of facility — many of them diagrammatically, understanding graphic competence is a real skill. For me, an extension of the drawing exercise is to draw well: I have always wanted to be proficient and good. But I also wanted to draw beautifully, to understand the possibilities of two-dimensional composition, of…

Architizer A+ Awards — Final Submissions Due December 19

Architizer’s call for entries for the Third Annual A+Awards, honoring the best architecture, spaces, and products across the globe, will close on December 19. Submissions are open for 93 categories, including 11 new architecture categories and 33 new product categories. In collaboration with partners The Wall Street Journal, WSJ Magazine, the Webby Awards, Dwell, and Cool Hunting, the A+Awards reach 300+ jurors, 100,000 public voters, and dozens of media outlets across the globe. And unlike most awards programs, which honor just one or a handful of firms and brands, the A+Awards give unprecedented exposure to hundreds of finalists, and 100+…