Texas Architect March/April 2007

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.

Partnering to Save Sacred Places

by: Stephen Sharpe

Architectural history essentially begins with humankind’s first attempt to signify its place on the earth. Built around 5,000 years ago, Stonehenge is the most familiar starting point. The Great Pyramids of Giza and the Ziggurat at Ur, erected within the following millennium, represent the next steps in the timeline.

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Three New Bridges to Span Trinity River

by: Andrea Exter

Imagine the Trinity River as an urban centerpiece of downtown Fort Worth. Now a reality in the making, the city is moving forward with a plan called the Trinity River Vision, an 800-acre, $435-million project that is expected to double the size of downtown Fort Worth. At the heart of the plan, three bridges entice the community and transform the landscape.

Renderings courtesy Bing Thom Architects
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Austin’s Search for Civic Substance

by: Dean Almy

IF all goes according to plan, on the morning of Feb. 25 the five-story structural frame that was once part of a planned $124-million office building for the Intel Corporation will be imploded to make way for a new federal courthouse. The skeletal remains of the unfinished project, abandoned by Intel in 2001 after a downturn in the technology sector, loomed for six years over the southwestern quadrant of downtown.

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A Progressive Look Back

by: Gregory Ibanez
Architect: Good Fulton & Farrell Architects

Over the last decade or so, “context” has become a prime determinant of form and materials in much of our architecture. As any architect who has appeared before a design review board can attest, it is a sacred tenet when judging the “appropriateness” of a given solution. Unfortunately, it has also become an easy rationale for non-critical architectural thinking. As the esteemed critic Ada Louise Huxtable so eloquently stated, “The fallacy of contextualism, the masquerade of matched materials, the cosmetic cover-up of architectural maquillage meant to make a building ‘fit’ surroundings that frequently change, are a trap into which many architects jump or fall.”

Charles D. Smith, AIA
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Focal Point

by: Brian H. Griggs, Assoc. AIA

Among AIA Lubbock’s programs planned under the celebratory banner of AIA150 is a community design charrette to plan an indoor/outdoor public plaza in north Lubbock, an area in need of an economic boost to create business growth, cultural identity, and pride of place.

illustration by Brian H. Griggs, Assoc. AIA
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