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Materials and Sustainability Members Only

by: Donna Kacmar, FAIA

The Materials Research Collaborative at the University of Houston is pushing sustainability and providing valuable tools for the students and local design community.

PHOTOS OF MRC BY JULIE PIZZO WOOD
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The windCatcher and prairieHouse

by: Texas Architect Staff

The Austin firm Specht Harpman Architects proposes passive systems for two very different homes in arid climates. The windCatcher looks to ancient traditions while the prairieHouse reimagines a former Texaco station.

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Everyday Advocate

by: Melissa C. Brandrup, AIA

Advocating for architecture is easy — as every¬thing relates to back to architecture and how design matters: where one lives, how one gets to work, where one buys groceries, the productivity level in an office, neighborhood sustainability — even overall happiness.

Holly Reed
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Preservation: The Past Meets the Present

by: Catherine Gavin

Courthouse and main street restoration programs are an exciting facet of historic preservation, but they generally represent the more traditional side of the field. This issue explores preservation in the context of rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, and contemporary design, illustrating how these projects can in fact meet prescribed sustainability standards.

Brantley Hightower, AIA
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Reuse, Recycle, and Reinvent

by: Ben Koush

Studio RED Architects’ rehabilitation of a former warehouse for use as the Houston Permitting Center was centered on rigorously researched sustainability, deference to the industrial character of the old building, and the installation of an intensely local public art program.

Hester + Hardaway Photographers; MN | Photography
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Texas Firm Among Global Sustainability Award Winners

San Antonio’s Lake|Flato Architects was among the five architects from around the world to receive a prestigious 2013 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. Principal Ted Flato represented the firm at the ceremony and symposium at the Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine in Paris.

PHOTO OF THE GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD WINNERS BY GASTON FRANÇOIS BERGERET, COURTESY LAKE|FLATO ARCHITECTS.
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LifeWorks Sooch Foundation Youth and Family Resource Center

by: Ingrid Spencer

Miró Rivera Architects’ LifeWorks building in East Austin stands out as a powerful example of elegance and sustainability meeting a very tight budget.

Paul Finkel
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The Big Picture

by: Val Glitsch, FAIA

In 2008 the YMCA of Greater Houston announced the imminent replacement of Kenneth Franzheim’s Italian Renaissance-inspired ten-story edifice that had provided classrooms, exercise facilities, and 132 single-room residential units since 1941. Aspiring to move in a more “family-friendly” direction, the organization stated the primary goal of the new 115,000-sf facility would be to assume a stronger community presence in downtown Houston.

Aker Imaging, Thomas McConnell
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The Greater Texas Foundation

The Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) building is a collaboration among architecture firm Furman + Keil and an integrated project team that began before the design was initiated and continued throughout the design and construction process.

Casey Dunn Photography
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Founders Hall Academic Building

Founders Hall at the University of North Texas at Dallas campus is a multipurpose academic building that addresses current needs for the students, faculty, and staff, while allowing the campus to expand its curriculum and services. Designed by Overland Partners, the first floor of the 108,000-sf building contains public functions such as a library, open reading room, lecture theater, computer lab, large multipurpose spaces, and food service.

Jeffrey Totaro Photography
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Sustainable Cabin


Architect: Urs Peter “Upe” Flueckiger

Sustainable Cabin is a 400-sf prefabricated, design-build collaboration sited in Crowell, Texas, by students at Texas Tech University College of Architecture, led by Architecture Professor Upe Flueckiger, Dipl. Arch. SIA.

Urs Peter “Upe” Flueckiger
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UNT Apogee Stadium

The University of North Texas Apogee Stadium is the first newly constructed collegiate football stadium in the nation to achieve LEED Platinum Certification by the United States Green Building Council. 

HKS
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Preservationists Save 1891 Cottage, Now Updated With ‘Green’ Strategies

by: Stephen Sharpe
Architect: Greg Lewis

Still, two years after Hurricane Ike, the lingering effects of the storm are widely evident in many parts of Galveston. Ike, reportedly the third costliest hurricane ever to make landfall in the U.S., waylaid the island city on Sept. 13, 2008 with 110-mph winds and a 17-foot storm surge that officials estimate damaged more than 80 percent of the existing houses. In fact, according to a City of Galveston report issued one year after the storm, many of those properties were either abandoned or in need of replacement due to the extent of damage and/or lack of flood insurance.

David Canright/Galveston Historical Foundation
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Gateway Park


Architect: Perkins + Will

Gateway Park, designed by Perkins+Will’s Dallas office for a site outside Jackson, Miss., is conceived as an emerging type of mixed-use development known as an “airport city.” The 4.45 million-sf project is located in Mississippi directly south of Jackson-Evers International Airport on 200 acres of woodland.

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Selecting the Best of Public Schools

by: Noelle Heinze
Architect: SHW Group

Designed by SH W Group, the 102,835-sf Evelyn Turlington Elementary School in Hockley was completed in 2009. The architects worked with Waller IS D to create a firm connection between the facility and its 20-acre rural site. Two pre-existing features influenced the design—a century-old live oak and a pond situated along the western boundary. The school’s placement, form, and footprint were planned to preserve these natural features.

Luis Ayala
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Selecting the Best of Public Schools

by: Noelle Heinze
Architect: Corgan Associates

John A. Dubiski Career High School, designed by Corgan Associates, is a 2,000-student career and technology school located in Grand Prairie. The school’s curriculum seeks to reduce the dropout rate and prepare graduates to enter college or the workforce. The four-story, 250,000-sf structure is designed to accommodate unique programmatic needs, including specific careertrack diploma programs.

Charles David Smith
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Selecting the Best of Public Schools

by: Noelle Heinze
Architect: SHW Group

Giddings Independent School District hired SH W Group to design a technology-rich learning environment for its high school and middle school students, while optimizing space and resources. The proposed solution renovated and re-purposed the existing, but outdated high school into a middle school. The renovated building was joined to a new high school building, creating a single facility for the district’s 1,400 students in grades 6-12.

Paul Bardagiy; Brian Mihealsick
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Selecting the Best of Public Schools

by: Noelle Heinze
Architect: SHW Group

Designed by SHW Group, Ennis Independent School District’s newly constructed junior high is a 195,000-sf facility on a 50-acre site. The design incorporates a contemporary feel and function. Classrooms are configured to be flexible to support interactive teaching through integrated technology. Large-group instruction spaces and a closed-circuit television studio are two significant features.

Mark McWilliams
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Water-Wise

by: Lawrence Connolly
Architect: Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects

The lower Colorado River’s expansive watershed touches on the lives of more than one million residents of 56 counties in central Texas. Managing supplies of drinking water from the river and harnessing its powerful flow for hydroelectricity are part of the Lower Colorado River Authority’s multi-faceted mission. However, the public utility’s most visible role involves the controlled release of water through six dams along the river’s 600-mile run to the Gulf of Mexico.

Thomas McConnell, Greg Hursley
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Prism Cloud


Architect: Logan/Johnson

Houston firm Logan/Johnson conceived Prism Cloud as an energy-generating landscape pavilion near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The pavilion will appear to hover over the desert terrain, alternately casting shadows and light on the surface of the sand. Five concrete piers anchor the pavilion to the ground, with a steel cable net – embedded with thin-film photovoltaic panels and glass prisms – that stretches between the piers.

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Why I Lobby for Architects

by: Yvonne Castillo

One might reasonably expect that Texans are paying close attention to how healthcare and public education will be impacted by the projected $27 billion shortfall. Not on the radar for many Texans, however, is how the severe fiscal situation and the resulting cuts could also impact their safety and welfare in public buildings. People spend 90% or more of their lives indoors.

Elizabeth Hackler
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Energy Future Holdings

by: Noelle Heinze
Architect: lauckgroup

Wanting to update the look of its offices but remain in the same high-rise building in downtown Dallas, Energy Future Holdings hired lauckgroup to fulfill the vision of the utility company’s new leadership. The renovation project involved reshuffling operations on the seven floors of the existing 143,000-sf office space. The client requested an energy-efficient space that also reflected a “casual elegance.”

Brian Harness
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Placemaking in a Hot, Flat, and Crowded World

by: Stephen Sharpe

As Thomas Friedman sees it, our world is rapidly becoming “hot, flat, and crowded.” In his best-selling 2008 book by that title, the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist warned of American complacency in the face of impending calamities threatening the planet and its inhabitants, mainly climate change, depletion of natural resources, and overpopulation. Moreover, he called on the U.S. to marshal its innate capacity for innovation to forestall global crises.

Wallace Robert & Todd
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Livestrong HQ in COTE Top Ten

by: TA Staff

The American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment has included Lake/Flato Architect’s Livestrong Foundation’s headquarters among its 2011 Top Ten Green Projects, a national program that celebrates sustainable design excellence. Livestrong, located in Austin, was this year’s sole Texas honoree.

Paul Hester
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Recap: Gulf Coast Green 2011

by: Filo Castore

More than 200 people gathered at the United Way of Houston on May 25 for the sixth annual Gulf Coast Green Symposium and Professional Expo. Attendees – including architects, engineers, contractors, developers, students, educators, and government officials – met to learn, share, and network at the event hosted by AIA Houston‘s Committee on the Environment.

Slyworks Photography
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