March/April 2014

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.

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January/February 2014

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.

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November/December 2013

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.

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September/October 2013

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.

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July/August 2013

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.

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May/June 2013

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.

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March/April 2013

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.

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January/February 2013

In this edition, we have included a collection of homes true to the ideas and desires of the people who inhabit them. Distinct lifestyles and budgets are fully expressed in each project: the house that grew around a kitchen; a modest, transportable home; a playful pool house; a house that embraces a tree; and a resolution to an important need for senior housing.

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November/December 2012

Along with new structures, redevelopment encourages new use, new energy, and new life. This issue explores the role of redevelopment in shaping these positive results for an arts district, a student center and a corporate campus.

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September/October 2012

Our September/October Design Awards issue features coverage of this year’s statewide winners — thirteen projects from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin.

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July/August 2012

The projects covered under the theme of “Healthcare and Wellness” are something of a study in contrasts in terms of setting, as in urban vs. bucolic. Compare the rural Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in Ada, Oklahoma, with the CHRISTAS Moran Health Center in midtown Houston. And see two approaches to fitness in the rolling hills of north Dallas (the Northwood Club) and the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA in downtown Houston.

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May/June 2012

This “Urban Design” edition’s four features do not deal with urban design as typified by comprehensive plans for large swaths of urban environment. Rather, they represent four works of architecture that, by virtue of where they are, play important roles in a broader urban context.

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