Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Most recently, staff lobbyists Yvonne Castillo and David Lancaster, along with contract lobbyists Kathy Grant and Wade Long, made a road trip to Dallas to visit four state representatives. On Aug. 24, Mark Watford, FAIA, and Dr. Gail Thomas, Hon. AIA, joined these four in visits with Reps. Kirk England, Will Hartnett, and Dan Branch prior to participating in a TAC reception at AIA Dallas’ Center for Architecture (DCA) that featured Rep. Rafael Anchia talking about his plans for the upcoming session and possibility of passing legislation advancing sustainability.
As a part of his DCA visit, where he also heard from architects about their hopes and concerns, Rep. Anchia (2nd from left) received a TAC check from (l to r) TSA treasurer Mark Wolf, Craig Reynolds, FAIA, and Todd Howard.
More visits are being scheduled every week, including special meetings with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus, as well as more visits to the TSA office or AIA Austin Center for Architecture by central Texas officials or legislators coming to Austin for interim hearings or other official business.
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Friday, August 27, 2010
Few architects have had more impact on the American city than Daniel Burnham. In the midst of late 19th urban chaos, his ideas provided a compelling framework for people to make sense of the world around them. His firm was among the first in the world to develop the steel frame speculative office building that shaped the modern city. He directed construction of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition that helped inspire the City Beautiful Movement in towns and cities across America. Before the modern profession of urban planning existed, Burnham prepared plans for major cities in American and abroad. But not all agreed with his vision.
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Thursday, August 26, 2010
Austin Mayor Will Wynn Speaks at 2008 Sustainable Operations Summit from CraigMichaels, Inc. on Vimeo.
Will Wynn was mayor of Austin when he spoke at the 2008 Sustainable Operations Summit in Monterey, Calif. In the address, he shares numerous sustainable initiatives such as green building, renewable energy, changes in land use patterns, and climate protection that are taking place in the fastest-growing big city in America. Wynn is one of two keynote speakers at TSA's upcoming convention in San Antonio, Oct. 14-16, 2010.
Register for the TSA Convention and head to Ballroom A of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Friday, October 15th
General Session: Leading Communities Toward a Shared Purpose
Early in his political career, Will Wynn developed a strong sense of purpose related to reducing carbon emissions. In growth areas, most carbon emissions come from our vehicles, as we drive from one single-use, low-density part of town to another, and from the generation of electricity that we consume in our built environment. As Mayor of Austin, Will Wynn worked to raise awareness of the problems associated with climate change and link effective public policies needed to deal with the challenge. Wynn will present his observations and experiences joining sound urban planning with effective climate protection, demonstrating how electric utility policies and development regulations can compliment each other to dramatically reduce CO2 emissions. One of several successful initiatives Wynn will share is Austin Energy’s construction of its 33-ton capacity Downtown District Cooling System that has helped spur remarkable downtown redevelopment. Wynn received the Alliance to Save Energy’s prestigious Charles H. Percy Public Service Award, was honored for Outstanding Achievement at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Awards, is a Distinguished Alumni of Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, and has been featured in both Time and Newsweek.
Not too long ago, the Capitol conducted regular dome tours, but after the completion of a major renovation in 1995, accessibility and safety concerns shut the tours down for good. Yet in May, I had the opportunity to join an exclusive, “tour guides only” dome tour. Just getting up there is quite an ordeal, requiring elevators and tight, creaky staircases that spiral 218 feet above the rotunda floor to a small balcony. (Read the entire article in TA's 2010 Sept/Oct issue.)
Monday, August 23, 2010
After not one employee felt a scratch when Patrick Gray Sharp fired more than 100 rounds at McKinney's public safety building Tuesday, the building itself became a hero.
Secure access points and the arrangement of rooms create a buffer between McKinney law enforcement officials and the public. Windows sit just above eye level to prevent direct attack. They slope to limit ledges for explosive devices. Bulletproof glass protects the lobby, and bullet-resistant liner lies inside the masonry walls.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
In acknowledgement of the project’s architectural significance, the Texas Society of Architects has selected the Tower of the Americas to receive the 2010 TSA 25-Year Award. The annual award recognizes one building completed 25 to 50 years earlier that has retained its central form, character, and architectural integrity. Read more here.
Friday, August 20, 2010
AUBURN –The late legendary architect Samuel Mockbee and Auburn University's Rural Studio for aspiring architects are the subject of a documentary film by producer and director Sam Wainwright Douglas that PBS will air nationwide at 9 p.m., CDT, Monday, Aug. 23.
In 1993, Mockbee and Auburn architecture professor D.K. Ruth founded the Rural Studio design-build education program at Auburn University which Mockbee directed until his death in 2001.
Mockbee developed the Rural Studio into a teaching laboratory with a strategy to improve the living conditions in rural Alabama while imparting practical experience to architecture students.
Mockbee's leadership of the program and his pioneering drive to create innovative architecture in Alabama's economically stressed Black Belt earned worldwide acclaim for the Rural Studio and a national Genius Grant for himself from the MacArthur Foundation.
Dan Bennett, dean of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, said, "‘Citizen Architect' provides a thoughtful and insightful look at how Auburn students and faculty literally transform the lives of citizens who live and work in Alabama's remote Black Belt. The film poignantly demonstrates the role that architecture can play in lifting the spirits of some of the most economically disadvantaged citizens, and how the lives of the students are equally transformed."
Douglas describes his documentary as being guided by frank, passionate interviews with Mockbee. The film also shows how a group of students use their creativity, ingenuity and compassion to craft a home for their client, Jimmie Lee Matthews, known to locals as Music Man because of his zeal for old R&B and Soul records.
Douglas says the film reveals that the Rural Studio is about more than architecture and building. It provides students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Interviews with Mockbee's peers and scenes with those he's influenced infuse the film with a larger discussion of architecture's role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, social change and citizenship.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Austin architects have recently joined TSA staff and contract lobbyists in a series of meetings with state representatives from the AIA Austin chapter area, with more meetings scheduled later this month.
Each visit has featured a tour of the office and introductions of the entire staff, followed by more focused discussions on probable 2011 legislative topics between the representatives and the local architects and TSA lobbyists.
Among the topics stressed are the need to protect Qualifications Based Selection (QBS), taxes (including a threatened sales tax on professional services and changes to the Margins Tax), licensing issues and TSA initiatives like High Performance Building Standards and Alternative Project Delivery.
Rep. Patrick Rose of Dripping Springs (Dist. 45) visited with TSA interim executive vice president Tommy Cowan, FAIA, Austin member Jacqui Dodson, AIA, and staff lobbyists Yvonne Castillo and David Lancaster, Hon. AIA on August 2. Round Rock Rep. Diana Maldonado (Dist. 52) had lunch on August 10 with the same three staff members (Cowan, Castillo and Lancaster) and AIA Austin chapter leaders Alan Bell, AIA, John Nyfeler, FAIA, and executive director Sally Fly, Hon. AIA.
Still to visit later this month are State Representatives Valinda Bolton (Dist. 47) and Donna Howard (Dist. 48), and State Senator Kirk Watson, all of Austin.
Torrey Stanley Carleton, Hon. AIA, with TSA staff
Jim Heck and Torrey Stanley Carleton
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
The annual Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition, sponsored by AIA Dallas, recognizes students and professional designers for excellence in architectural drawing. The deadline for entries is October 22, 2010. Awards will be presented during a ceremony November 3. For more information, visit www.krobarch.com.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Bailey is recognized in professional and academic circles throughout the state for his leadership and dedication to architecture. He was president of TSA in 1989, president of AIA Houston in 1985, and was elevated to AIA Fellowship in 1985. He is founding president of the Houston Architecture Foundation.
Long involved in community service, Bailey is past chairman and a current member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Operation Game Thief, a past board member of the Lighthouse of Houston and the UT Austin School of Architecture, in addition to being involved with other charitable organizations in the Houston area. Bailey earned a master's of architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's of architecture from The University of Texas.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Outside of work I mostly spend time with my wife, who is also a teacher, and our three children. I love to travel as much as I can, and obviously photography has become a passion of mine over the last few years. Photography has allowed me to become closer to the things I love: my family, traveling, history, and Texas.
The Texas Courthouse Project started with a question: Could it be possible to see every part of Texas? In person, with your own eyes. Not just the large cities, not even just each regional area, but everything. Big towns, small towns, farms, forests, deserts, beaches, mountains, plains, canyons and islands. And not just a drive-by, but to actually stand on the dirt and breath the air of every part of Texas.
Even when you have lived here your entire life it’s hard to wrap your head around how big this state really is. From the northwestern tip of Dallam County in the panhandle, to the southeastern tip of Cameron County on the U.S.-Mexico border, is a span of over 900 miles. That’s farther than the distance between New York and Atlanta.
Going from east to west, you would have to drive 856 miles to get from Orange to El Paso. If you drove from New York to Chicago you would drive 70 less miles. To put it another way, when you’re in El Paso you are closer to San Diego than you are to Houston.
So when I sat down and spread out a map I was amazed at how much of my home state I had never visited. There were huge, smaller state size chunks of Texas I had never even seen. I decided that I would at least try to see most of it in my lifetime.