Despite the state motto, bigger isn’t always better. This January/February issue of Texas Architect magazine takes a look at why building small matters.
From a treasure-trove of drawings recently uncovered in the basement of the Ford, Powell & Carson Architects’ office to Andersson-Wise Architects’ use of watercolors during design development, to a fence modeled after knots in grains of wood and milled with CNC machines, the November/December issue of Texas Architect focuses on sketching and design process.
The 2014 Texas Architects Design Awards jurors Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Marlon Blackwell Architect in Fayetteville, Ark.; Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston; Tim Love, AIA, of Utile in Boston; and Mark Reddington, FAIA, of LMN Architects in Seattle collectively emphasized quality and clarity of design intent as they chose this year’s 16 award recipients. They also paid attention to and sought out what makes Texas architecture unique.
From purpose-built museums and galleries to new white-box interiors for former warehouses, we take a look at the relationship between architecture and art as well as the significant role these buildings play by creating cultural nodes in their communities.
Exceptional craft and a relationship with water characterize all of the projects in our "Water" issue. The Torcasso Residence in Santa Fe and Austin’s Cascading Creek House are two examples of the seamless integration of high-tech mechanicals and beautiful residential architecture. A section on “Rehabilitation” features a renovated mid-century dance pavilion built on the Gulf Coast and the new landscape architecture of an O’Neil Ford-designed home in San Antonio.
Our "Materials" issue details and critiques the highly anticipated Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum, and features the materials-focused 12th Street Studios in Austin and Dietert Ranch in Real County. A "Digital Fabrication" section highlights projects that are shaping the field and pushing its boundaries.
This issue explores the importance of urban design initiatives across the state, focusing on the increasing role of green infrastructure for the creation of successful public spaces.
This issue explores the value of architectural diversity and creative responses to context. The discussion begins with a series on the three presidential libraries in Texas. Located on university campuses, the libraries all respond to their academic settings in unique ways. Connection is a driving element of the other projects presented — a business school, museum, student center and dining hall, and race track. All strive to tie their respective campuses closer together with individual design statements.
This issue of Texas Architect features the 11 projects recognized with Texas Society of Architects 2013 Design Awards. The jurors collectively sought to recognize a diversity of project scales and typologies. They also embraced designs that they described as straightforward, elegant, clear, and simple.
Sketches that bring sunlight and moonlight into spaces in creative, playful ways; otherworldly experiments in color centered on the early morning and evening skies; the construction of shade for people and plants; an oasis of densely planted, colorful cacti in the desert; and the benefits of daylight for work and study — this issue is about natural light and design. The projects featured illustrate a range of artistic and functional expressions where light is essential to the experience of each space.
This issue on historic preservation illustrates the many facets of the field, including restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse. The articles explore how preservation can successfully work in tandem with sustainable and contemporary design while maintaining the integrity of historic buildings.
This issue explores the role of retail development and planning initiatives in the life of communities and city streets, as well as the importance of the experience and functionality of a retail space. Current retail design trends and the value of the rehabilitation of abandoned retail buildings are both explored.