Monthly Archives: March, 2012

    Rebecca Bruce

    An Era is Ending…

    Posted by on 3/30/12 at 09:36am

    Ted Flato is packing up his materials from the desk where it all started 25 years ago! It’s time to make room for some new people starting next week, so he’s parting ways with his old drafting desk station to keep everything contained in his library office. Feel free to spark your own spring cleaning frenzy! Click to Read More

    Greg Papay

    Revenge of the Electric Car

    Posted by on 3/28/12 at 06:00pm

    The Papays took KLRN up on their offer for free tickets to watch the movie ‘The Revenge of the Electric Car’ last night at the LOL Comedy Club. Somewhere around 150 EV fans packed the floor to watch the movie and hear discussion from industry reps. The movie chronicles the path of four groups trying to break ground in the EV world, from GM down to a custom shop in southern California. I’m not sure the rest of the Papays we’re loving it, Click to Read More

    jennifer young

    Material Testing

    Posted by on 3/28/12 at 03:41pm

    About a year ago, Bob and I nailed two samples of Cambia wood siding to a south facing exterior wall of Jamey Garza’s studio compound in Marfa. After a year in the desert sun, through the diurnal fluctuations of temperature, the sample looks almost the same as a year ago. Cambia is a thermally modified wood (domestic and FSC). This treatment improves the dimensional stability and decay resistance of the wood. We plan to use Cambia on the Kruger’s deck and hope it performs the same way! Click to Read More

    Rand Pinson

    Digital Pin-Up: Rocking X Ranch

    Posted by on 3/28/12 at 02:00pm

    Above: northeast-living Rocking X Ranch is private ranch house and family retreat that is an addition to an existing residence located in North Texas. Consisting of six independent structures nestled among a grove of oak trees, each structure serves a specific function. A central “living room” acts as Click to Read More

    Lewis McNeel

    Timber Architecture in Chile

    Posted by on 3/23/12 at 10:30am

    I got back recently from a photographing spree around the Lakes District of Chile…. The climate and natural resources of this region have yielded some interesting building traditions.  Wood shingles, lapped board siding, and corrugated metal Click to Read More

    Vicki Yuan

    Better Know an LFer: Rebecca Bruce

    Posted by on 3/20/12 at 11:28am

    Rebecca is our ultra-charged, intern-managing, Revit-conventioneering, kitchen rule-enforcing, cyclist wo-man! Learn more about what keeps her going with our ten questions. Click to Read More

    Sam H. Pepper

    SXSX 2012 Report

    Posted by on 3/19/12 at 12:58pm

    There is no way to prepare for South By Southwest. Each year the world famous music, film and interactive festival utterly transforms the city of Austin. For two weeks, the city is truly the cultural epicenter of the (western) world. Being so close, many a Lake Flatonian endured the traffic on I-35 to migrate North in the hope of perhaps catching a glimpse of the next breakthrough act, or at least enjoying some free tacos. Click to Read More

    Lewis McNeel

    Buildings, Landscapes and Xylophones

    Posted by on 3/19/12 at 01:30am

    In 2010 Lake | Flato completed work on the renovation of the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas.  Since its opening the new facility has been getting a lot of use from its clever inhabitants who are continually exploring their building’s capacity for exhibiting and generating art, both in ways it was designed for and also in ways that the design team never could have predicted.  Click to Read More

    Cameron Smith

    Field Report: Kerr Lake House

    Posted by on 3/16/12 at 10:00am

    This weekend retreat for a San Antonio family is located in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. With 2850 sf conditioned and 1150 sf unconditioned porches/outdoor areas, the house maintains a low profile from the street while opening up to the vistas of Lake LBJ. A central entry hall and staircase bisect public zones from private and allow direct access down through the house to the lake. While the conditioned portions of the house are humbly grounded to the sloping Click to Read More

    Robert Hoang

    Perspectives on San Antonio

    Posted by on 3/15/12 at 07:15am

    A commentary by a former Lake Flatonian and a response by a native San Antonioan in the Rivard Report made me think of my own feelings towards my adopted city of San Antonio. As a newcomer to the city, I have my “challenges’ with the lack of density, the suburbansprawl, big truck culture, food/grocery options and a certain levels of convenience I was accustomed to in Portland. However, on the flip side, this city has (at least) three advantages: 1. Amaziing life! It has a vibrancy, creativity and “folksy” friendliness that is so much at the core of this place. From the  store clerks to the people you meet on the streets, the positive vibe of the citizens here is quite infectious. I hope as the city grows that this does not get lost. 2. Development in the core. Working downtown I can see the evolution of the city right before my eyes. The development around the city (the River extension, Pearl, Southtown, etc.) will have a significant and positive impact on the livability quotient of San Antonio.The bike share program, which I recently signed up for,  is quite a success and seems to be expanding . 3. Leadership. Click to Read More Click to Read More