Texas Architect March/April 2012
Destinations: The featured projects represent different points of arrival, whether a temporary stopping place during a student’s busy day on campus or destinations for entertainment and cultural events.
Of particular note is the destination for dignitaries from around the world who will travel to Houston in mid April for the official unveiling of the Asia Society Texas Center, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi.
In addition to the destinations featured in this edition, recent improvements to several historic sites around the state have further broadened the itinerary of places worth a visit. Among them is the Starr Family Home in Marshall and Casa Navarro in San Antonio, two nineteenth-century residences that illustrate the spectrum of our state’s rich architectural and cultural patrimony.
Ricardo Legorreta Vilchis (1931-2011)
Considered by many to be an ambassador for Mexican culture, world-renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta, Hon. FAIA, died in Mexico City on Dec. 30 at the age of 80. Among the best known contemporary architects of Mexico, Legorreta received numerous awards and his work was extensively published. Legorreta received the 2000 AIA Gold Medal for his life’s work of inspiring architecture. His passing marks the end of an era of modern architecture in Mexico and the region.
2012 Texas AIA Fellows
Among the 105 AIA members elevated this year to the AIA College of Fellows, eight are members of the Texas Society of Architects. The 2012 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony during the AIA convention in May. The AIA fellowship program was developed to recognize architects who have made a significant contribution to society and the architecture profession on a national level.
The beauty of Brownsville and its environs often gets lost in translation. Visitors must experience first hand the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s culture and traditions before they can fully appreciate the region’s art, music, and food.
Delight in Restraint
The announcement in Architectural Record’s January 2005 issue that Yoshio Taniguchi would design his first free-standing building outside of Japan in Houston’s revered Museum District brimmed with expectation. At that time, Taniguchi was considered an emerging “starchitect” whose addition to the Museum of Modern Art had been completed the previous year.
In the Classroom with Susan Appleton, AIA
With 48 hours until its debut, the first project of Assistant Professor Susan Appleton’s Spring 2012 Senior Interior Design Studio is taking shape–literally. A luminous string sculpture, the centerpiece for an upcoming Building Sciences Expo dinner in the gallery of the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture.
Like the music that inspired Dan Havel and Dean Ruck of Havel Ruck Projects to make Fifth Ward Jam, their latest collaboration is a social experiment. The duo, with help from local resident Sherman Miller, assembled Fifth Ward Jam using materials scavenged from dilapidated buildings in the Houston neighborhood.