Texas Architect July/August 2015

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.

Bottlehouse

by: Ashley Craddock

For Overland Partners architect Patrick Winn, the act of building unleashes creative potential. The Gourd, an award-winning, human-sized birdhouse, is a testament to the raw inventiveness that results.

Overland Partners Architects
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Book Reviews

Historic Texas courthouses, modern residences of Dallas, the potential of tiltwall construction, and a curated series of houses by Alterstudio Architecture — we review four new books exploring a wide array of architectural topics.

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Lost + Found

by: Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA

Artist Kim Cadmus Owens’ work documents Dallas’ urban landscape, past and present, using layered colors and letterpress printing techniques to create formally complex images and visually stunning records of the city’s architectural landmarks.

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House on a Hill

by: Joel Nolan, AIA

Joel Nolan’s review of Lake View House examines how Alterstudio Architecture finds exquisite beauty in circumstance, translating it into built forms large and small.

Casey Dunn; Whit Preston; Patrick Wong
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Small Stuff

by: Ben Koush

Digital fabrication techniques have allowed three up-and-coming Texas firms to experiment with new, small-scale forms — but experience shows that technology only goes so far. Expertise and craft remain critical elements of architectural practice.

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White on White

by: Jen Wong

Baldridge Architects’ new office, a study in precision-built minimalism, offers a counterintuitive take on design-build in practice.

Casey Dunn and Elaine Shen
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Lessons by the Sea

by: Erika Huddleston

Sea Scout Base Galveston, a newly completed maritime educational center by Shipley Architects and Randall-Porterfield Architects, seeks to accomplish two goals: to inspire learners to care about the maritime environment, and to withstand the hurricanes and storms that so often threaten the Texas coast.

Bao Loi and Arlen Kennedy
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A Kind of Resurrection

by: Canan Yetmen

San Antonio-based architect and furniture maker Brian Korte, AIA, takes pleasure in seeing recovered materials reborn in new forms.

Jeff Wilson
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The Desert, and All Its Beauty

Chrisine Ten Eyck’s design of 2.5 acres of a West Texas ranch transformed a once-degraded landscape into a getaway that celebrates its desert setting while serving as sanctuary for urbanites in need of respite.

Bill Timmerman
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