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Update: UT Living Wall

The first living wall at The University of Texas at Austin has been installed.  Check out this video of the finished product: UT Austin Installs First Living Wall on Campus from University of Texas at Austin on Vimeo. Learn more about UT's living wall project here. 

UTSA Undergrads Honored by AIA COTE

A rendering shows the transformation of the big box structure and parking lot – rendering courtesy UTSA University of Texas at San Antonio undergrads Isaias Garcia Coronado and Daniel Rodriguez Suarez have been honored by the AIA Committee on the Environment for their project proposal, “Banding for Knowledge.” Selected as one of the winners in the 2015-2016 Top Ten for Students Design Competition, their project re-envisions the use of an abandoned big box store in San Antonio. Their work is on view at the AIA Annual Convention this week in Philadelphia.  Daniel Rodriguez Suarez, left, and Isaias Garcia Coronado, right – photo courtesy…

From the Beach to the Bay

Galveston Island State Park is shrinking: Scientists predict that the landmass will decrease 22 percent over the next 50 years due to rising sea levels and beach erosion, transforming much of what is dry land into open water or marsh. The park is the only contiguous beach-to-bay stretch of land on the island. It is 2,000 acres and welcomes over 350,000 visitors annually, despite the fact that Hurricane Ike destroyed the majority of the park facilities in 2008. With a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department-approved master plan in hand, Studio Outside Landscape Architects, in collaboration with Overland Partners, is gearing…

New Scenes in America Deserta

The images shown here attempt to capture Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech University, an interdisciplinary course within the College of Architecture led by architect Chris Taylor. The program is a self-described “semester abroad in our backyard,” where students directly engage with land art, ambiguously corralled by Taylor as “anything humans do in the landscape.” The group visits a range of sites, from essential art destinations — Spiral Jetty, Sun Tunnels, The Lightning Field, Double Negative, Roden Crater, the Chinati Foundation — to active indigenous settlements, archaeological sites, military bases, research outposts, mines, and natural formations. It…

A Living Building in North Texas

Fifteen miles outside Decatur is an unassuming, low-slung pavilion with sloped gable roofs. With its simple material palette and geometries, the building recedes into the flat terrain and swaying grasses, subtly but deliberately connecting visitors with the landscape. Windows facilitate the connection: A meeting room’s smaller apertures are cut low to accommodate seated viewers, while kitchen windows invite visitors to stand at the counter. A generous gathering space opens to a courtyard with a large live oak tree on the east; on the west, a porch takes advantage of an expansive view of the prairie.  The Betty and Clint Josey…

Small is Beautiful

Upon arriving in Marfa from the east on Route 90, turn left at the Dollar General onto Spring Street and left again across Alamito Creek, onto Dallas Street. This will bring you to the Marfa 10 x 10 Lightbox, a minimal dwelling of 320 sf by San Antonio-based architect Candid Rogers, AIA. This outpost is an exercise in restraint: Two 10-by-16-ft volumes, a 5:8 proportion, are stacked and offset by 8 ft, creating a double-height interior space and a cantilevered upper room. (For reference, the units of Donald Judd’s nearby concrete works are 1:2 in proportion, measuring about 8 ft,…

UT Arlington Receives Sustainability Certification for Landscape

The announcement acknowledges UT Arlington’s commitment to sustainability as an integral part of College Park District, an entertainment, living and shopping development spanning more than 20 acres that is helping revitalize downtown Arlington. “This designation shows that UT Arlington is on the cutting-edge of sustainable practices, not just in our buildings, but all across campus,” said Meghna Tare, UT Arlington’s director of sustainability. “The Green is a place to enjoy nature and to learn about how to preserve the natural environment.” The Sustainable Sites Initiative, also known as SITES™, is a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the…