Inclusion | Designers in the Community and Communities in the Studios

CDAT Blog Post | Community Design Action Team In her book “North of the River: A Brief History of North Fort Worth,” J’Nell Pate tells the story of the North Side. The title suggests that this part of the city was defined by its relationship to the Trinity River. In the foreword, Bob Schieffer, CBS journalist and North Side High School graduate, writes that “as America becomes more homogenized, fewer and fewer of our cities retain individual identities.” He continues, declaring that this is not true for the North Side, “which will never be mistaken for another place or even…

Architectural Design Competition: UL Learning Lab

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette recently announced a call for submission to design a new learning laboratory on the Lafayette campus. UL is looking for design concepts that support the core mission: leading education for all of Louisiana. The UL Laboratory School functions in connection with the colleges of education to immerse teacher candidates in real classrooms. UL envisions the new Learning Lab for the Laboratory School as a space that advocates for curiosity, creativity, connectivity, and collaboration among students, teachers, administrators, and the community. Submissions are encouraged to break from traditional educational architecture formulas and think creatively and…

Community Design Blog: Engagement + Implementation 

In the Fall of 2018, the Latinos in Architecture Committee (LiA) was asked by City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzáles and San Antonio’s Center City Development and Operations Department to assist with community meetings in order to better understand how allocated funds for Plaza Guadalupe could be utilized. Plaza Guadalupe is a historic site located on the west side of San Antonio. The plaza, owned by the City of San Antonio and Managed by the Avenida Guadalupe Association (AGA), is a vital and valued space. It is the location of night markets, local festivals, and where Julián Castro chose to announce his presidential…

2019 Studio Awards

Congratulations to our 2019 Studio Award winners! TA Editor Aaron Seward traveled to New York and oversaw the jury. Florian Idenburg, AIA, co-founder of SO-IL, Oana Stănescu, founder of Oana Stănescu Design Studio, Mimi Hoang, AIA, co-founder of nARCHITECTS, and Marc Fornes, founder and principal of THEVERYMANY,  deliberated over 50 projects and chose five winners. The winning projects are listed below in no particular order. A feature about the Studio Award winners will appear in the November/December issue of Texas Architect. Attwater Acclimation and Release Pen by: David Heymann, FAIA, with Kuan-Ying Chiu, Whitney Moore, and Tim Petersen Discontinuous Monument…

2019 Honor Awards

The Texas Society of Architects is pleased to announce our 2019 Honor Award recipients. This program recognizes exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and quality of life in Texas. Recipients will be spotlighted on the TxA blog and social media in the coming months. They will also be recognized at various events during our 80th Annual Conference and Design Expo, taking place on October 24–26 in Galveston. Join us in congratulating the honorees! Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts FAIAChris Carson, FAIASan Antonio…

All Mixed Up

Exhibit ReviewMapping Memory: Space and History in 16th-century MexicoBlanton Museum of Art, AustinThrough August 25 The story of Hernando Cortés’ conquest of Mexico, which began 500 years ago this August, has been told many times. It has been romanticized — Cortés burning his ships to give his army no choice but to march inland, Moctezuma’s dream of the return of the god Quetzalcoatl in the person of the conquistador — and it has been denounced — yet another example of European imperialists raping, pillaging, and subjugating an indigenous culture to the point of wiping it from the face of the…

Community First: Bringing More Voices Into Design

Housing will never solve homelessness, but community will.​”​ This is the guiding belief of Alan Graham, founder of Community First! Village in Austin, Texas. Nestled just outside the city limits, the village is a master-planned community of microhomes, cottages, and RVs for individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness. By Community First! Village’s definition, an individual is considered chronically homeless if they have experienced homelessness for at least a year while struggling with a disabling condition such as a serious mental illness or physical disability. Graham’s core tenet of community has guided the development of this radical neighborhood model, the foundation…

Legislative Action Participation Survey

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is inviting participation in a number of legislatively mandated projects. Each task force and work group leading to a study or report will be conducted prior to the next legislative session. Chief Kidd is looking to identify individuals interested in participating in these projects.  The survey link below provides the opportunity for individuals to express an interest in and willingness to perform the work required for a project. Based upon response levels, each individual who expresses an interest in a particular subject may not be selected due to capacity and coordination issues. We…

How Architects Can Present at SXSW

On July 1, South by Southwest will open the public call for submissions for its 2020 Interactive Festival, which is one of the world’s most important conferences about emerging technology and the future of society. While tech has been the focus of the event, over the years it has grown to include presentations on everything from advertising and media to cannabusiness and the gaming industry. The conference’s themes, or “tracks,” also include several topics extremely relevant to architecture and the built environment. And yet, as Ibai Rigby reported in the May/June issue of Texas Architect, the profession is largely absent…

Ruby City Announces the Co-commission and Acquisition of work by Isaac Julien

Ruby City recently announced the co-commission and acquisition of Isaac Julien’s multi-screen installation, Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvelous Entanglement. The newest addition to the Linda Pace Foundation collection premiered at Victoria Miro in London on June 6 and runs there until July 27. The film, which intimately chronicles the life and legacy of the Brazilian architect and designer Lina Bo Bardi, explores through a contemporary lens such buildings as the Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) and SESC Pompeia and Teatro Oficina.  Bo Bardi, who was born in 1914, is considered today as one of the most influential figures in Brazilian…