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Jonathan Smith

Smitty’s Market BBQ

Posted by on 5/19/13 at 03:58pm

A group from the office recently ventured 70 miles North East of San Antonio to Lockhart to eat the legendary BBQ at Smitty’s Market and to take in the unique atmosphere and intoxicating smoke. Click to Read More

sierrahaight

Better Know an LFer: Mindy Gudzinski

Posted by on 5/15/13 at 08:53am

“I may start calling her Mindy Matryoshka because just when you think you have her figured out, out comes another layer of talents and experience that you are convinced should belong to a whole nother person – she’s a Canadian farm girl, community mural artist, stellar cake baker, rock star architect, acclaimed speaker, and I am not sure what else…oh ya, an incredible and beautiful friend! I highly recommend getting to know her, especially if you have a birthday coming up!”  –Laura Kaupp   Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

adapting our historic buildings

Posted by on 5/13/13 at 01:24pm

Join the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) on May 21 from 11:30am-1pm at The Center for Architecture at Pearl Brewery for a presentation about San Antonio’s historic buildings as part of the city’s Historic Preservation Month. Click to Read More

Rand Pinson

Sky Space

Posted by on 5/10/13 at 08:00am

If you are in Houston, make sure you make the trip over to Rice University’s campus for James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace. I was fortunate enough to make it over while visiting Houston on a project visit and was able to capture some of the show and see the structure’s design, which was quite fantastic. The architects were Thomas Phifer and Partners in conjunction with James Turrell and Linebeck. I encourage any interested to reserve a spot through the website. Click to Read More

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