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Adam Heisserer

Lake Flato R&D: Passive Solar Tracking

Posted by on 6/21/17 at 03:33pm
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Architects have always had to deal with the challenges of solar energy, whether providing protection from it, or leveraging it for energy and daylight.  Like many other challenges, we have a habit of throwing brute force technology at it to solve the problem at hand. Building technologies of the past were simple and utilitarian by necessity, and today, we are finally returning to the simplicity of the past with elegant, biomemetic solutions. Lake Flato recently established a research and development program with the goal of providing a framework to promote innovative thinking in the integration of design and sustainability. This is the first in a series of posts documenting the initial round of research projects in the Fall of 2016. My challenge was this: to develop a system that rotates to face the sun throughout the day using nothing but solar heat energy from the sun itself, and no technical equipment. Click to Read More

Corey Squire

Why Do Buildings Use Energy?

Posted by on 6/15/17 at 02:44pm
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Ask “why did the chicken crossed the road?” and you’ll likely hear a common answer, “to get to the other side”. This may be true, but it’s only part of the story. Click to Read More

Greg Papay
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Friends – Much like in business and higher education, the landscape of leadership and learning is transforming in the K-12 world. Grant Lichtman, a former client, is one of the strongest voices arguing for fundamental changes in how we educate our students. In his most recent blog post, Grant champions that architects have the types of qualities that would create successful school leadership and cites our very own Schools Studio as an example. Enjoy! Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge
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I participated in a panel discussion hosted by ARCHITECT Magazine's ARCHITECT Live.

A group of Lake|Flatonians traveled to Orlando, Florida recently to participate in this year’s AIA Conference on Architecture. This year’s theme was “Anticipate” – what it means to anticipate need and change in architecture and design. The profession has encountered challenges around climate change, diversity, and social consciousness in recent history, so it was interesting to overlay those discussions with the conference theme. Perhaps the most anticipated conference event was Michelle Obama in her first public appearance since leaving the White House in January. Her keynote speech was delayed by several minutes due to a postponed flight, and you could sense an almost electric fervor in the audience as everyone eagerly waited for her arrival. Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith
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We have amassed some new interns in the past several months and we are excited to introduce them to our readers. All of them have diverse passions, varied interests, quirky talents and all have been a great fit to our growing LF team. Let’s meet them! Click to Read More

Serena Ching
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[Lake Flato Design Team, Grace Boudewyns, Jonathan Smith, and Kerry Phillips, at the Fur Ball]   “Situated in your backyard, The Arf Residence is envisioned as a place that evokes the playfulness of summer by the lake and emphasizes exterior living spaces. A broad welcoming front porch and a green roof allow the house to keep things cool in the summer. The green roof is removable in trays to keep the overall weight down and to simplify maintenance. The Arf Residence features a powder coated steel structure for years of durability. Materials were sourced locally, with a common regional palette that naturally blends into the surrounding landscape. The wall siding features a salvaged local Cypress, while the floor is a salvaged Cedar to keep the bugs at bay. After a storm, fresh rain water is provided via a gutter and rain chain at the rear of the structure straight into your dog’s bowl.”  The Arf Residence is a non-profit doghouse realized by Lake Flato Architects and Rubiola Construction to be auctioned off in an effort to raise funds for the Animal Defense League of Texas. Click to Read More

Adam Heisserer

Quality Views Calculator

Posted by on 3/16/17 at 10:07pm
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For all of our LEED projects, we calculate the percentage of regularly occupied spaces that have exterior views. By developing this quality views tool in Grasshopper, we can now automate this calculation process and make it possible to analyze large projects that would be difficult to calculate manually. We can also get a better idea of the quality of exterior views in each space in addition to the pass/fail criteria used for LEED. Click to Read More

Sunnie Diaz

How Will Confluence Park Be Constructed?

Posted by on 3/1/17 at 04:53pm
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View of Pavilion from South Plaza

Lake|Flato’s collaboration with the San Antonio River Foundation (SARF), Rialto Studio, Andrew Kudless of Matsys, Architectural Engineers Collaborative (AEC), CNG Engineers, and Spawglass Contractors has magically evolved the vision of Confluence Park into a pavilion that responds to and enhances the surrounding natural environment. While capturing and treating its own water, the petals of the pavilion at Confluence Park are meant to inspire its occupants and offer an interactive learning experience about the San Antonio River and its watershed. Click to Read More

Adam Heisserer
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We’re excited to introduce three LF interns! Originally from China, Malaysia, and Guatemala, respectively, Michelle, Serena, and Alex have lived all over the world before arriving in San Antonio. Here is an exclusive Dogrun interview about their Lake Flato experience. Click to Read More

Corey Squire

The 2030 End Game

Posted by on 2/22/17 at 05:54pm
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With the 7th year of reporting for the 2030 commitment underway, it’s worthwhile to pause and think about how the next 13 years might play out. Reporting for the commitment started back in 2011 with a goal of achieving an across the board net-zero energy portfolio by 2030. Initially, the energy reduction target was set at 60% and every five years, the target shifts down 10% until 100% energy reduction is achieved in year 2030. Click to Read More