Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
TSA Design Awards committee member, Miguel Rivera, AIA (right) engages in spirited dinner conversation.
TSA President-elect, Heather McKinney, FAIA (right) visits with Chuckwagon attendees.
Stephen Sharpe, editor of Texas Architect (left), joins Philip Freelon, FAIA (right), 2009 TSA Design Awards juror, for a tour of the compound.
This year’s TSA Design Awards jury enjoyed cocktails, conversation, and cool architecture at the combined 2009 TSA Design Awards Jury Reception and Chuckwagon event held at the Charles Moore Foundation in Austin on May 8th.
Jurors, TSA Design Awards committee members, and TSA leaders experienced what Paul Goldberger once described as “mad magnificence,” the place that Charles Moore called home for the last 10 years of his life. Kevin Keim, director of the Charles Moore Foundation, led an informal tour of the compound for TSA guests, revealing anecdotes and stories along the way. Visit http://www.charlesmoore.org/where.html for more information on the design of the Moore/Andersson Compound.
Proceeds from the event benefit restoration and preservation projects at the Moore/Andersson Compound. This year’s funds will be devoted to the restoration of the Opium Den window in the Charles Moore House.
Thank you to the 2009 TSA Design Awards Jury Reception sponsor, Architectural Engineers Collaborative.
Friday, May 15, 2009
2009 Design Awards
- Elements (Dallas) by Buchanan Architecture
- House in the Garden (Dallas) by Cunningham Architects
- ImageNet (Houston) by Elliott + Associate Architects
- International Terminal D, DFW Airport (Dallas) by HKS, Corgan Associates, and HNTB
- Lenora & Walter F. Brown Asian Art Wing (San Antonio) by Overland Partners Architects
- Light & Sie Art Gallery (Dallas) by Laguarda Low Architects
- Linda Pace Foundation Offices (San Antonio) by Poteet Architects
- Long Gallery Carport & Parking Plaza (Houston) by Dillon Kyle Architecture
- Museo Alameda (San Antonio) by Jackson & Ryan Architects
- 1400 South Congress (Austin) by Dick Clark Architecture
- University of Texas Center for Brain Health (Dallas) by HKS
- Wolfe Den (Austin) by MJ Neal Architects
The measure passed 275-155 in a largely party-line vote, and will now move to the Senate for further review.
Among other things, the bill allocates substantial funds for improvements along the Gulf Coast, where many school districts are still struggling to repair buildings damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The legislation, according to the House Education and Labor Committee, also makes schools part of the effort to revive the U.S. economy and fight global warming by "creating clean energy jobs that will help put workers in hard-hit industries back to work."
The committee says the bill would require that 100 percent of the funds go toward green projects by 2015, which is the final year of funding under the bill. Read more here.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
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Monday, May 11, 2009
NEW YORK — Freedom Tower was going to signify America's determination to rebuild quickly and steeply at Ground Zero after 9/11. It would rise a symbolic 1,776 feet, making it the world's tallest building, and feature an asymmetrical spire that evoked the Statue of Liberty's upraised torch. Fascinated, the city and nation waited. And waited. And lost patience. And interest.
Yet now — after years of redesigns, blown deadlines, bureaucratic snafus and political infighting, and in the midst of a recession when almost no new skyscrapers are planned anywhere — Freedom Tower's frame is almost 20 stories high, finally visible above the blue construction fences around the 16-acre site that was once Ground Zero.
But it won't be the world's tallest building. It won't evoke the Statue of Liberty. It won't open by the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks, in 2011. Or the 11th. Or the 12th. And it won't be known, officially, as Freedom Tower. Its tortuous saga shows what can happen when too much is asked of a building, says Chris Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is building the tower.
Freedom Tower had to be a symbol of a political idea, a monument to what stood in its place, and a profitable real estate venture — "as if the Washington Monument had to be rented out," says Michael Mostoller, an architecture professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
And, with its bull's-eye name and site, it had to be safe from terrorism.
"That's a lot of load for any building to carry," Mostoller says. Read full article here.
(Image by Robert Deutsch, USA Today)
Friday, May 8, 2009
Architect Bill Monroe is hearing rumblings from potential clients. They aren't yet ready to build. But they are nosing around, mulling design and construction prices, thinking about planning for the future.
It's a welcome change, he said.
“It got very quiet at Christmas,” he said. “Everything just stopped.”
Architecture firms are considered a leading indicator of construction activity – a sign of what's to come because they are among the first contacted when a developer is looking to build. Construction typically starts 9 to 12 months after architects are hired.
New signs have emerged suggesting the bottom may be near, say half a dozen local architects. And a report recently released by the American Institute of Architects bolsters the slightly sunny view. Read more here.
A quiet moment at the State Capitol, where display boards featuring the winners of the 2008 TSA Design Awards line a hallway in the South Central Gallery in celebration of Texas Architecture Week, May 4 - 8.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Roger K. Lewis, The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1, 2009
The stars truly aligned last year for the University of Baltimore. It sponsored an international competition to select an architect and design concept for its $107-million, 190,000-square-foot law school, slated to open in 2012. The five architectural teams that competed and the five jurors invited to judge were all distinguished professionals. The teams were fortunate to have a detailed description of the public law school's needs, and a strategically located site ideal for a highly visible, landmark building. And each competitor received $50,000 to cover part of the cost of exploring and testing concepts, making drawings and models, and traveling.
The competition was a great success: The celebrated German architect Stefan Behnisch, in association with Baltimore-based Ayers Saint Gross, won and is now developing the law-school design. Other equally well-known finalists were the British architect Sir Norman Foster, the French architect Dominique Perrault, the Boston area's Moshe Safdie, and SmithGroup's Washington office. The competition succeeded because the university sought exemplary architecture from the outset, and because it had secured essential support from constituents, donors, the city, and the state, which rarely sponsors design competitions for publicly financed projects.
Yet why go to the trouble of conducting a time-consuming, costly, logistically demanding design competition just to select an architect and perhaps a feasible concept? Click here to read more. (Image: The winning design for the University of Baltimore's John and Frances Angelos Law Center. Courtesy of www.ubalt.edu.)
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Ethan Butterfield, ARCHITECT Magazine, May 4, 2009 -
IT'S NOT JUST U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE THAT'S OUTMODED, SAYS A NEW REPORT BY THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE. THE WAY CITIZENS AND POLITICIANS THINK ABOUT IT NEEDS AN UPGRADE, TOO.
Even as the U.S. government pumps billions of stimulus dollars into rebuilding aging infrastructure, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) has issued its third annual infrastructure report, which takes the nation to task for not having a comprehensive infrastructure development plan and for not wisely planning the use of stimulus money. The report, "Pivot Point," highlights how China, India, and Europe have invested heavily in modern infrastructure over recent decades, while the U.S. has coasted on its own prosperity, content with patching and repairing its outdated bridges, roads, and other transit and water projects. Read more here.
(Image by Hamed Saber)
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
by Stephen Sharpe
In light of the current economic downturn, I’ve invited six members of the Austin architectural and real estate community to the TSA offices today to discuss the state of the city’s downtown residential development. Prompted by a planned auction of 19 unsold condominiums in one newly renovated downtown building, I thought the time was right to assess the situation in Austin. As anyone who has visited Austin in the past two or three years knows, the building boom – particularly to supply the growing market for “soft lofts” – was on a scale unlike anything we have ever seen in the urban core.The two-hour roundtable forum will be taped and the edited transcript published in the July/August edition of Texas Architect.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Pacific Suite J
San Francisco Marriott, 55 Fourth Street
•Fri., May 1
Texas Trailbreak Reception, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Pacific Suite J
San Francisco Marriott, 55 Fourth Street