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.
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.