Texas Architect July/August 2006
Published by the Texas Society of Architects since 1950, the magazine has consistently showcased outstanding architectural design from around the state and chronicled significant events relevant to the profession.
Albiet tangential to this edition’s “Color” theme, the profession’s achievements in sustainable design deserve to be acknowledged at every opportunity. The fact that three of the AIA Committee on the Environment’s Top Ten Green Projects are in Texas demonstrates how the state’s architects are successfully responding to their clients’ desire for buildings that minimize environmental impact and maximize the energy-efficient attributes of high-performance design.
Staff Changes at Texas Architect
A close look at the masthead on the opposite page will clue alert readers to the departure of Art Director Rachel Wyatt and Associate Publisher Linda Trinh, as well as the promotion of Ashley St. Clair from assistant editor to art director. Rachel, who joined the TA staff in November 2004, is the new associate art director at Texas Monthly. Linda, after almost two years with the TA staff, has taken a position with Bulldog Solutions in Austin as a marketing campaign manager
Taniguchi Set to Unveil Revised Design this Summer for Asia House Houston
Yoshio Taniguchi, best known in the U.S. for his recent expansion of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, will unveil his latest schematic design for Houston’s Asia House later this summer. The client, Asia Society Texas, has acquired two facing parcels totaling 78,000 square feet along one block of Southmore Boulevard between Caroline and Austin streets in the city’s Museum District. The 35,000-sq. ft. facility is expected to open in summer 2009 and will serve as a venue for cultural, artistic, educational, and business exchange.
When asked about sources of inspiration for The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, which debuted at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in the fall of 2002, the quiltmakers often cited their surroundings. In the current exhibit, Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt, debuting once again at the MFAH, the curators have worked to make this connection more apparent.
Architect: Urs Peter Flueckiger
In Western culture color has long been considered trivial, superficial at best; at worst it is seen as artificial, sometimes even dangerous. So writes artist and scholar David Batchelor in Chromaphobia, his 2004 treatise on the theory and cultural history of color. In developing his argument, Batchelor illustrates how painters, writers, sculptors, and architects have for centuries scorned the realm of color as “vulgar” and “routinely excluded from the higher concerns of the Mind.”
As you speed along the highway you can’t help but notice how fireworks stands repeat themselves along the Texas landscape. Their placement seems mindless—they huddle together; they sit in isolation. But upon closer inspection, you begin to realize that their placement and orientation have meaning.