Save the Date! Facades+AM Heads to Houston This June

Facades+AM is coming to Houston on June 18 – Sarath Kuch / Flickr They say “everything is bigger in Texas.” So it goes for Houston‘s skyline, the fourth largest in the United States. Big, too, are the names behind Space City’s most iconic skyscrapers. The city’s tallest, the 75-story JPMorgan Chasetower, was designed by I.M. Pei in 1981. A number of other internationally-renowned architects and firms have left their mark on Houston, including César Pelli, Philip Johnson, Robert A.M. Stern, Renzo Piano, SOM, and Gensler. Today, Texas’ most populous city is home to TEX-FAB, a network of academics and practitioners pushing the boundaries of computational fabrication. I.M. Pei's JP Morgan Chasetower is the…

Renzo Piano Meets Artists Downtown

Lately, New York and Texas have enjoyed a public love affair. Fresh graduates of important universities, tech types, and creatives circulate freely between the Big Apple and our state’s major urban hubs (the last group also makes the required pilgrimage out to Marfa, following the constant urging of The New York Times). The East Village was once home to a bar called Marfa, and now there’s the experimental venue Trans-Pecos in Queens; there’s also Javelina, a bistro in Gramercy Park that gives New Yorkers their first proper taste of queso. Here in Austin, we have the classy Weather Up on East…

FCDC Announces 18 Projects as Jury Selection Finalists

Temporary installations have become a potent medium for young architects and designers to explore new technologies, materials, and models of practice. Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) was conceived as an effort to bring attention to a peripheral landscape in East Austin by engaging the design community. "The core idea with the competition is to stage an encounter between local audiences and emerging regional, national, and international talent,” explains Igor Siddiqui, co-founder and co-director of FCDC. The site, Circle Acres Nature Preserve, a former landfill-turned-park in Austin, allows the participants to critically and creatively explore two sets of issues: (1) the capacity…

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Project ArchiTX: Riverview Way House

Tom Hurt Architecture toes the line between the familiarity of the traditional 1950s brick house and bold, modern volumetric additions in the Riverview Way House in Houston. Project Riverview Way House, Houston Architect Tom Hurt Architecture Photographers Ryan Farnau Photography Riverview Way House was a remodel and addition to a one-story brick, 1950s mid-century modern house our client found in the Tanglewood neighborhood in Houston. With only a couple of months to start the design and create construction drawings, the client and the architect decided early in the process to retain only the original exterior brick walls and beautiful terrazzo floors. In some ways, the original…

Architects Talking to Architects: Nick Jackson, Assoc. AIA

Nick Jackson, Assoc. AIA, is an associate and architectural assistant at PDR in Houston. Nick Jackson, Assoc. AIA – photo courtesy Nick Jackson Where did you grow up? I grew up in Cypress, Texas, a bustling suburb in the northwest Greater Houston area. Despite growing up in the suburbs, I proudly claim Houston as my home. I defied the odds by returning to Houston after living a couple of years in Austin to attend The University of Texas (friends and family were astounded that my wife and I would leave Austin for Houston). The truth is, when I moved inside “the…

Between Green and Violet

It’s easy to fall in love with Marfa, Texas. The effort of getting there is rewarded by the treasures revealed — Donald Judd’s perfect metal boxes, his Chinati Foundation’s rows of barracks filled with world-class art, the galleries and art studios. There’s the historic town square with its Second Empire style courthouse, and the beauty of the landscape — the desert; the scrubby plains; the crisp, clean air; the darkest of dark skies at night; and the unyieldingly bright sun by day — it’s a unique experience.  For architect Rand Elliott, FAIA, who lives and works in Oklahoma City but…

The Old House, and the New

Simultaneously private and public, houses are particularly charged repositories of aspiration and association. In the best projects, an architect responds to a client’s wishes by designing a work whose integrity is rooted in a frank engagement with the circumstances of daily life, the facts and figures of the commission, and the material and technical possibilities that architecture offers at that moment in time. When these concerns are harnessed by a strong idea and executed by a steady hand confident enough to leave room for the unscripted, the results are often felicitous, and occasionally revolutionary.  Jim Poteet’s renovation of, and addition…

Gray Matter

Mell Lawrence isn’t bound by any obvious book of rules. The Austin architect often gets labels like “whimsical” and “playful” tossed at his work. And yet, while there is a certain spirited quality underlying most of his projects, a keen observer will be drawn to the rigor and intellect that underpin them. In other words, there are rules.  For the Hollowcat Wild residence, the rules focused largely on materials. This mattered because the house is so starkly simple that no gesture goes unnoticed. “The client’s interests were very definitely simple modern architecture, things that were daring and dynamic in form,…

Warp and Weft

In the summer of 2009, artist Gabriel Dawe and architect Gary Cunningham were invited to collaborate on a work of art as part of an exhibition titled “Transitive Pairings: Body Objects.” Organized by Dr. Charissa Terranova at CentralTrak, the University of Texas at Dallas artists’ residency where Dawe practiced, “Transitive Pairings” was inspired by — and it expanded upon — the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2006–2007 exhibition, “Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture.” The Los Angeles exhibit examined themes of shelter, identity, and creative process, as well as the parallel stylistic tendencies found between fashion…