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jennifer young

A new report prepared by Perkins and Will compiles information on building materials that may cause or aggravate asthma. This is really important stuff. Check out the report here. “There is no doubt that the environments in which we all live, learn, work, and play are changing and affecting our health” ~Floyd J. Malveaux, M.D., Ph.D. Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Pecha Kucha San Antonio, Volume 7

Posted by on 8/8/12 at 01:09am

The next PechaKucha is coming up – come early to get a good seat!! Click to Read More

Robert Hoang

From China With Love

Posted by on 7/13/12 at 02:16am

Chinese poetry, and the poets that write them, have always held a high level of reverence in Chinese cultural traditions. Inspired by his current visit to the Middle Kingdom, our own inhouse L|F poet laureate, David Lake, takes a shot at this ancient art. His verses from the abstract comes to you…unedited! Click to Read More

In May I was at the Gulf Coast Green Conference in Houston and ran into former intern, David Dewane and his adorable 10 month old daughter Frita (a.k.a. Fritzy – not sure on spelling). After a bit of parent/baby talk, the conversation drifted toward work. He is now at Gensler, which has supported him in helping his thesis project become a reality. He, along with his wife Rachel (also a former intern) and others, have now launched Libraries Across Africa. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

David Lake has been selected (from an applicant pool of over 800!) to speak at this year’s Greenbuild Conference in San Francisco!   David will be joined by Bill Shown, Managing Director of Silver Ventures, Inc., and Darryl Byrd, CEO of SA2020 to lead an education session on San Antonio’s redevelopment of its Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Pecha Kucha Standing Ovation

Posted by on 5/29/12 at 09:08am

In case you missed last Thursday’s PechaKucha Night, here is the presentation that received the first and only standing ovation: Rancher Linda Perez. Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Shou-Sugi-Ban in Process

Posted by on 5/28/12 at 06:04am

Mike and Tim from Reznikoff Custom Furniture recently sent us some shots of their burning process for a shou-sugi-ban finish to be applied as an interior finish for SK Ranch. Shou-sugi-ban is the ancient Japanese technique of charring wood to naturally protect it from weather, pests and rot. The result is a gorgeous textured charcoal finish. On SK Ranch, Mike and Tim are starting with vertical grain cedar boards and finishing with a clear polyurethane sealer. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

Mid Atlantic Inspiration

Posted by on 5/25/12 at 09:39am

Cameron and I traveled to from Maryland to North Carolina last week and took in some architecture while catching up with friends… Click to Read More

Big Bend: Rocks and Hard Places

Posted by on 5/21/12 at 04:05am

After hearing innumerable accounts of the raw beauty of Big Bend National Park, two fresh-faced LFer’s embarked on a four night excursion in the Chisos backcountry. Repeatedly battered by the unforgiving wilderness, what were once the innocent, emerged weathered, salty adventurers. For those pressed for time: snakes, unknown creatures in the night, wind, rain, fog, mud, and mud. Click to Read More

jennifer young

Connecting Nature to Design

Posted by on 5/18/12 at 02:19pm

What are the Bottom Line Benefits of Biophilic Design? How can our designs more effectively connect with Nature? These are some of the questions being discussed at this year’s AIA Convention by a panel including Jason McLennan, founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge, William Browning, partner of Terrapin Bright Green, and Bob Berkebile, founding principal of BNIM Architects. Read a short article about this panel’s discussion here. Click to Read More