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Heather Gayle Holdridge

Our marketing coordinator, Jessica Vonderau, shared a really cool article with me.  The study shows that children who bicycle or walk to school, rather than traveling by car or public transportation, perform measurably better on tasks demanding concentration.  Having breakfast and lunch also has an impact on performance, but pales in comparison to having exercised on the commute to school. Click to Read More

jennifer young

Transparency

Posted by on 3/5/13 at 12:46pm
Lake|Flato Dunning Residence

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines transparent as having the property of transmitting light…so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly. These days, transparency is getting a lot of attention in the built environment, specifically in relation to materials. The International Living Future Institute has raised the bar and our awareness with its Living Building Challenge, a certification program that uses petals of a flower to designate its categories. Click to Read More

Bob Harris

Our minds are pre-programmed to read and respond to certain patterns and elements found within the natural world.  However, in contemporary society we more and more often find ourselves living in nature deprived conditions, in places divorced from the nature context we subconsciously desire.  Perhaps designers of the built environment can learn to reconnect people to the patterns of nature triggering aesthetic responses that speak to our inner spirit and our innate sense of beauty. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

2012 LEED Fellows Announced

Posted by on 10/18/12 at 01:44pm

The second class of LEED Fellows was announced today, and Bob Harris is on the list!
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Heather Gayle Holdridge

Dynamic Scrim

Posted by on 10/17/12 at 09:29am

The Zahner Tessellate system can be put on a timer to put on a show, or respond to changes in temperature, light levels, and time of day.  It would be pretty interesting to watch your building shift according to exterior conditions!  You can watch also watch a video of this responsive building system. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Lake|Flato recently acquired a 10kW PV array which was featured in CPS Energy’s blog, as well as The Rivard Report. To learn more about our decision to implement this great technology, check out the video below! 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

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

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

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Lake|Flato Goes Solar

Posted by on 8/2/12 at 03:06am

Big news — A 10.2 kW photovoltaic array will be installed on the roof of our office within the next week! The PV panels will be installed in a 30′ x 34′ area on the garage roof, where the solar resource is greatest. The CPS Energy rebates and federal tax credit for the array made the payback really speedy. In addition to a great payback equation, the array will bolster our efforts to earn LEED EBOM certification for the office and will be a great opportunity for us to all learn more about how this technology works and performs. Click to Read More