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Material Testing

Posted by on 3/28/12 at 03:41pm

About a year ago, Bob and I nailed two samples of Cambia wood siding to a south facing exterior wall of Jamey Garza’s studio compound in Marfa. After a year in the desert sun, through the diurnal fluctuations of temperature, the sample looks almost the same as a year ago. Cambia is a thermally modified wood (domestic and FSC). This treatment improves the dimensional stability and decay resistance of the wood. We plan to use Cambia on the Kruger’s deck and hope it performs the same way! Click to Read More

Rand Pinson

Digital Pin-Up: Rocking X Ranch

Posted by on 3/28/12 at 02:00pm

Above: northeast-living Rocking X Ranch is private ranch house and family retreat that is an addition to an existing residence located in North Texas. Consisting of six independent structures nestled among a grove of oak trees, each structure serves a specific function. A central “living room” acts as 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

Better Know an LFer: Rebecca Bruce

Posted by on 3/20/12 at 11:28am

Rebecca is our ultra-charged, intern-managing, Revit-conventioneering, kitchen rule-enforcing, cyclist wo-man! Learn more about what keeps her going with our ten questions. Click to Read More

Sam H. Pepper

SXSX 2012 Report

Posted by on 3/19/12 at 12:58pm

There is no way to prepare for South By Southwest. Each year the world famous music, film and interactive festival utterly transforms the city of Austin. For two weeks, the city is truly the cultural epicenter of the (western) world. Being so close, many a Lake Flatonian endured the traffic on I-35 to migrate North in the hope of perhaps catching a glimpse of the next breakthrough act, or at least enjoying some free tacos. Click to Read More

Lewis McNeel

Buildings, Landscapes and Xylophones

Posted by on 3/19/12 at 01:30am

In 2010 Lake | Flato completed work on the renovation of the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas.  Since its opening the new facility has been getting a lot of use from its clever inhabitants who are continually exploring their building’s capacity for exhibiting and generating art, both in ways it was designed for and also in ways that the design team never could have predicted.  Click to Read More

Cameron Smith

Field Report: Kerr Lake House

Posted by on 3/16/12 at 10:00am

This weekend retreat for a San Antonio family is located in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. With 2850 sf conditioned and 1150 sf unconditioned porches/outdoor areas, the house maintains a low profile from the street while opening up to the vistas of Lake LBJ. A central entry hall and staircase bisect public zones from private and allow direct access down through the house to the lake. While the conditioned portions of the house are humbly grounded to the sloping Click to Read More

Robert Hoang

Perspectives on San Antonio

Posted by on 3/15/12 at 07:15am

A commentary by a former Lake Flatonian and a response by a native San Antonioan in the Rivard Report made me think of my own feelings towards my adopted city of San Antonio. As a newcomer to the city, I have my “challenges’ with the lack of density, the suburbansprawl, big truck culture, food/grocery options and a certain levels of convenience I was accustomed to in Portland. However, on the flip side, this city has (at least) three advantages: 1. Amaziing life! It has a vibrancy, creativity and “folksy” friendliness that is so much at the core of this place. From the  store clerks to the people you meet on the streets, the positive vibe of the citizens here is quite infectious. I hope as the city grows that this does not get lost. 2. Development in the core. Working downtown I can see the evolution of the city right before my eyes. The development around the city (the River extension, Pearl, Southtown, etc.) will have a significant and positive impact on the livability quotient of San Antonio.The bike share program, which I recently signed up for,  is quite a success and seems to be expanding . 3. Leadership. Click to Read More Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Natural Ventilation Basics

Posted by on 3/9/12 at 04:05am

Natural ventilation is a great strategy for thermal comfort and saving energy in a lot of the climates we work in. We have compiled some tips for how to design for optimum natural ventilation. Click to Read More

Better Know an LF Project: Cross Timbers Ranch

Posted by on 3/6/12 at 10:00am

The Project: Cross Timbers Ranch Location: Lipan, Texas Project Team: Bill Aylor, Ted Flato, Nate Campbell, Ryan Jones, Trey Rabke Click to Read More