Lake Flato on Twitter
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

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

Texas Monthly Object Lesson

Posted by on 2/28/12 at 01:58am

Pretty fun feature in the March issue of Texas Monthly on David Lake and Ted Flato’s personal office space. Could you pack anything more on this desk!!? If you dont’ want to squint, read the transcript here. Click to Read More

Rand Pinson

The Urban Ecology Center is a visitor center and event facility for Phil Hardberger Park in San Antonio. In collaboration with landscape architects Stephen Stimson & Associates and Rialto Studio, the buildings’ architecture and its surrounding landscape perform in concert to teach strategies for sustainable water usage and collection as well as demonstrate alternatives to surface water drainage. This strategy includes collecting rain water from roof 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