Texas Architect September/October 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.

Regional Inflections

by: Stephen Sharpe

This year’s Design Awards jury offered a study in regional vernacular, but not the architectural kind. It was their voices that fixed them to identifiable places on the map and hinted at the experiences that frame their sensibilities.

Paul Finkel
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TA Staff Update

With the hiring of Andrea Exter as associate publisher, the magazine staff is back to full strength. She began duties Aug. 1, and soon became immersed in production of this edition.

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UT Austin Team Travels to Italy with Ideas for Rebuilding New Orleans and Environs

by: Jason Sowell; Frank Jacobus

A team of faculty and students from The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture (UTSOA) has been invited to contribute its research and design ideas for the revitalization of New Orleans to the Venice Biennale. The exhibition, organized under the theme “Cities, Architecture and Society,” will run from Sept. 10 to Nov. 19.

illustrations courtesy UT Austin School of Architecture
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Design Awards 2006

by: Michael Malone

Architects rarely have the opportunity to view the best work of their peers from around the state, so the TS A Design Awards’ jury review offers a unique vantage point. The event is much like a window from which to see the diversity of scope, scale, and issues our fellow professionals are working with. Sitting in while the jury meets is exciting. It also can be a humbling experience and, at moments, distressing when projects you believe have merit are summarily rejected.

staff photos
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Lake Tahoe Residence


Architect: Lake/Flato Architects

The historic mines of the region, with their simple shed forms on the sloping land, were the inspiration for the project. Use of exposed concrete, eathered wood, and rusted steel create a palette of low-maintenance materials. The crisp exterior materials give way to warm, natural woods on the interiors.

Jeff Dow Photography
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TSA studio Awards

by: Stephen Sharpe

The review of Studio Award entries followed the jury’s finalizing its selections for Design Awards. From the 48 submittals, the jury kept 14 for a second round before deciding to award seven projects. Three of them in particular garnered praise from the jurors—Square of Circles by Jay Smith, AIA, of Dallas; Houston Skyscraper by Michael Kross, an architecture student at Rice University; and Design>Build>Texas by architecture students at UT Austin.

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CUBE


Architect: RTKL Associates

The concept is to create a single powerful iconic statement for the new focus of the Penn Plaza District. The idea is to make a singular architectural statement that has multiple identities, andmultiple reads.

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Tree House Wonderland

by: Andi Beierman

Tree houses have always been structures that beckon the imagination and invite the curious inside to create grand tales and adventures. Now, the Dallas Arboretum invites the world to explore its Ultimate Tree Houses, a juried exhibit featuring innovative designs and modern architectural feats.

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