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Vicki Yuan

The TENTH PechaKucha is coming up: Tuesday, May 28th at a brand new venue: the Texas A&M University-San Antonio Educational and Cultural Arts Center <– that’s the former Museo Alameda! While there is no official theme for this event, several of the presenters will discuss issues of urban renewal, and it all works nicely with our event location being prime downtown and on a Downtown Tuesday no less. (read: free parking) Click to Read More

Rand Pinson

Digital Pinup: Big House

Posted by on 4/30/13 at 08:11am

The Big House is a design concept for a family ranch near Junction, Texas. The design is meant to contrast with another project located on the property known as the Rock House. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

USGBC Chapter Fundraiser

Posted by on 4/29/13 at 08:58am

USGBC, or the United States Green Building Council, of Central Texas is hosting its 2013 chapter fundraiser on May 13th in Austin. Support your local USGBC chapter and enjoy an entertaining and educational evening at the same time! Screen the newly-released documentary Switch, take a building tour of the new ZACH Topfer Theatre (on target for LEED Silver) and share local food and drink with friends and supporters of green building. Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Paris, Spring 2013

Posted by on 4/29/13 at 07:51am

Matt and I recently got back from a trip to Paris where I got to play for a whopping ten days. Some folks here have asked for some recommendations, so here’s a roundup of places that I loved seeing – the list is split between tourist sightseeing and local highlights. If Paris is a little too far away for you, we went to a few places that, believe it or not, reminded us of San Antonio (I know). So wherever you are, grab a baguette (or taco) and put on those rose-colored glasses. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

CPS Energy SunCredit Revision

Posted by on 4/22/13 at 10:37am

Coming soon to a solar panel near you, CPS will be revising its current SunCredit paid to customers who generate solar power. Currently CPS Energy pays and average of 9 cents/kWh which will be decreasing to 5.6 cents/kWh on November 1, 2013. The change comes in an attempt to balance the cost burden for infrastructure which is currently heavier on customers without solar. Click to Read More

jennifer young

Designing a West Texas Home

Posted by on 4/22/13 at 08:00am
Kruger Site Plan

A West Texas Ranch [chapter one] This is a story about how Lake|Flato approaches design, with a particular focus on our integrated sustainability practice. Chapter one focuses on the concept phase of our design process for a particular ranch house in west Texas. Stay tuned next month for another installment, where our design continues to develop – and where I will share details of how design and sustainability are intertwined throughout our entire process.  Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Craft Call: RAD

Posted by on 4/17/13 at 06:38pm

“Each day I start my morning routine sitting down to breakfast at a RAD table outside under the giant pecan tree. The table’s beautiful craft and obsession to detail are evident even when groggily crunching on my granola. Click to Read More

Rand Pinson

Peanut Gallery: Baker Preserve

Posted by on 4/16/13 at 02:58am

On a recent friday, some of us from the office gathered for what’s known as Peanut Gallery for the Baker Preserve residence with Cody Knop. Graham Beach defines the office Peanut Gallery as “Designer Happy Hour”. This is everyone’s opportunity to get a glimpse of the project and provide feedback to the team as they move forward. While the design conversation is always stimulating, peanuts are a must, and beer is a must. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

On Saturday April 20th at 8pm COTE (AIA Committee on the Environment) Cinema will be hosting a free screening of the documentary Deep Green at Lambert Beach in Brackenridge Park. The film focuses on possible solutions to global warming rather than simply diagnosing the problem. So hop on a bus, a bike, or a sidewalk, grab some friends, and some lawn chairs and join us at the park! Food and drinks will be available for purchase from some of San Antonio’s mobile vendors. The screening is following a clean-up of the park’s pump house from 10am-12pm. Contact Carlos Cruz if you’re interested in that volunteer opportunity. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

Ode to the Roadcut

Posted by on 4/15/13 at 07:41am

Roadcut n. A cut through a hill or mountain for the purposes of building infrastructure through it, rather than over it. I’m not the only member of my family fascinated by roadcuts. On family car trips growing up, my father would stop at roadcuts to scour them for fossils. Sometimes he would successfully return to the car with multi-million year old sea urchins or shark teeth; other times only with disappointment that the formation he was seeking had disappeared under the asphalt at the preceding mile marker.  Click to Read More