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Laura Kaupp

A group of 6 LF’ers recently ventured down to Mexico City to enjoy the food, culture and the architecture. This is the final in a four-part mini series. Ciudad Universitaria [by Vicki Yuan] On the south side of the city, a few of us ventured to Ciudad Universitaria, an international style ‘ideal’ city built in 1950 over a site covered in lava from a volcanic Click to Read More

Corey Leamon

A group of 6 LF’ers recently ventured down to Mexico City to enjoy the food, culture and the architecture. These are our stories in a four-part mini series. Departing from more modern aspects of Mexico, three of us took the metro to the end of the line, jumped on a bus, and emerged over one hour later at a world treasure: Teotihuacán. Located 30 miles northeast of Mexico City, this ancient metropolis datin Click to Read More

Mindy Gudzinski

A group of 6 LF’ers recently ventured down to Mexico City to enjoy the food, culture and the architecture. These are our stories in a four-part mini series. We had a chance to visit two beautiful projects by Mexican architect Luis Barragán on our travels. The San Cristobal Stables designed in 1966 was first on our adventure. Barragán used bright colors in his architecture and became famous for his clever use Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

Colorado Trail Show and Tell

Posted by on 9/26/12 at 04:31pm
Monarch Crest Trail

Colin and I recently returned from our Colorado Trail excursion. While we didn’t ride the trail end to end we did have an amazing trip and rode over 260 miles and climbed 20,000 feet in the process. We bikepacked from just outside of Denver to Breckenridge then decided to rent a car and ride singletrack around the state without all of our bikepacking gear. We rode some amazing trails around Salida, Crested Butte and Durango and camped in some amazing spots along the way.
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Sam H. Pepper

A group of 6 LF’ers recently ventured down to Mexico City to enjoy the food, culture and the architecture. These are our stories in a four-part mini series. If you’ve been searching for a building with a clear – and poignant – diagram then look no further than Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo’s house. Designed by Juan O’Gorman and completed in 1931, the house makes a bold statement in a verdant Click to Read More

David Ericsson

A group of 6 LF’ers (Mindy, Laura, Corey, Sam P, Vicki and myself) recently ventured down to Mexico City to enjoy the food, culture and the architecture. These are our stories in a four-part mini series. We arrived in Mexico City to our home away from home, the recently completed Downtown Hotel + Downtown Beds – Grupo Habita’s newest addition to their hotel Click to Read More

jennifer young

Carbon 13 + Marfa Dialogs

Posted by on 9/10/12 at 06:00pm

The weekend before last, Graham and I ventured to Marfa to take in a weekend that combined an art exhibit focussed on climate change with conversations between scientists, artists and writers. Highlights for us were a tour of Mimm’s Ranch by the Dixon Water Foundation, a discussion entitled Climate Change and Adaptation with scientists Diana Liverman and John Nielsen-Gammon, and a conversation between Michael Pollan Click to Read More

Brantley Hightower

The Architecture of the CCC

Posted by on 8/20/12 at 11:19am

So Sammy and I went on a little father/daughter hike over the weekend to Palmetto State Park. Located about an hour east of San Antonio, the park has a swampy, prehistoric quality that is most unusual for central Texas. It also contains a number of structures build by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. As Jonathan identified in an earlier post, these buildings are great on many levels. Click to Read More

jennifer young

ABC (American Bird Conservancy) director Dr. Christine Sheppard talked recently on NPR about her research on how birds see…or don’t see the glass in buildings. Sheppard says birds don’t see the way we do. “Reflection is definitely a problem,” she explains. Most birds don’t have good depth perception beyond their beaks — they have to get relatively close to an object to see much detail or distinguish it from background. Reflections in glass can make it seem as if there’s no building there — just more sky, clouds and trees. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

East Texas Inspiration

Posted by on 8/17/12 at 08:30am

Cameron and I recently traveled behind the pine curtain and into East Texas… top to bottom: Tyler State Park Bathhouse; Ruby’s Hat Outlet in Corsicana; CCC built trail Tyler State Park; CCC wall Tyler State Park; bathhouse wall Tyler State Park Click to Read More