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Jonathan Smith

Library Project in Daylighting Paces

Posted by on 4/11/12 at 04:00pm

We recently hosted a two day daylighting workshop with Shepley Bullfinch, the UW Integrated Design Lab, and, Clanton and Associates to tune, hone and test the large six level day-lit atrium space at the heart of the new Austin Central Library design. Our good friends at the Integrated Design Lab brought down cameras, light meters and lots of knowledge to help guide us in this process. For the workshop we constructed a large 1/4″ Click to Read More

jennifer young

Ground Source Heat Pump Basics

Posted by on 4/5/12 at 04:30pm

Why are Ground Source Heat Pumps so efficient? How much do they cost? Where can I learn more? We thought we’d put together a short white paper to get you started! Click to Read More

Rebecca Bruce

Stone Restoration at Mission San Jose

Posted by on 4/1/12 at 10:40am

Many of us are familiar with the five historic Missons in San Antonio and their rich cultural and architectural significance in our community. Currently, the Mission San Jose is receiving extensive stone restoration on its facade, which is “one of the most spectacular Spanish colonial art treasures in the United States,” according to Fr. David Garcia, who raised $15.5 million to fund the current Mission restoration work. 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

For those of you that missed their presentations at PechaKucha San Antonio back in November, Jennifer Young presented her exquisite jewelry designs and Jonathan Smith teamed up with Express News reporter Colin McDonald to relive their 150-mile trek through the Chihuahuan Desert. Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Notes from TEDxAustin 2012

Posted by on 2/24/12 at 03:52pm

This past Saturday, I attended the annual TEDxAustin 2012 conference, and while I was initially put off by the application process (it’s pretty rare in my book to curate an audience), I was BLOWN AWAY by the bold ideas and positive energy that surrounded me. TED is the exclusive organization that celebrates “Ideas Worth Spreading”, whose viral videos understandably set my expectations high for this regional event. Adding to the mystery, Click to Read More

Robert Hoang

The Advantages of Riding Your Bike

Posted by on 2/13/12 at 09:44am

“For every kilometre that a person rides on a bicycle, there is a net profit to society of 23 cents,”. “For every kilometre that a person rides in a car, there is a net loss to society of 16 cents.” Click to Read More

Robert Hoang

Better Block

Posted by on 1/30/12 at 12:30pm

This is a great movement and organization. The recent meeting in San Antonio drew quite a few people. It would be amazing to green the space around our office. Better Block The video below talks about creating a living plaza in Dallas. Living Plaza – Dallas, TX from Aaron Garcia on Vimeo. Click to Read More

Rebecca Bruce

Agricultural Inspiration

Posted by on 1/12/12 at 04:00am

On my way home from a site visit last Friday, I couldn’t help pulling off Hwy 90 at Knippa to check out these agricultural buildings…                       Click to Read More

David Ericsson

Credit: Joe Pugliese (and Architect Magazine) + VJAA/Princeton Press Vincent James Associates Architects has won the 2012 Architecture Firm Award. Their work is incredibly diverse, with a research driven process that takes into account a variety of issues that stretch far beyond the norm. Within these cultural and ecological frameworks, they are able to produce architecture that is not only performative, but also relevant. Click to Read More