The work of architects is the work of making — although often at several steps removed from the physical act of building. The July/August 2015 issue of Texas Architect looks at architects who bridge the gap.
This issue looks at the bold use of color in diverse architectural projects. Red is a signature statement in a tiny gem of a Hill Country studio. The glazed skin of the newly-built Richards Group building in Dallas reveals a stunning array of interior colors. In an Austin office lobby, CNC-cut felt murals depict the blues and greens of the local landscape. Rand Elliott’s striking use of color, restrained in the Marfa Contemporary, is on full, whimsical display in an Oklahoma car park.
Last year, Dallas accepted the 2014 100 Resilient City Challenge, agreeing to tackle ageing infrastructure, chronic energy shortages, flooding, and terrorism. As a variety of campaigns are encouraging a more holistic approach to architecture that embraces technology under the umbrella of resiliency, this issue looks at how efforts in theory and practice are taking different approaches to the topic.
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.