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C A L E N D A R Austin Film Screening Advocates Re-Use Over the next 20 years, one third of America’s existing buildings – mistakenly believed to be inherently inefficient – are expected to be replaced with new “green” structures. “The Greenest Building” demonstrates how renovation and adaptive re-use of existing structures can help achieve economic, social, and ecological balance. AIA Austin is cosponsor of the 6:30 p.m. film’s premiere at the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. For more details, visit or call (512) 4741221. SEPT 7 DCFA Tour: Main Street District A Saturday morning walking tour guided by a trained docent will highlight several of downtown Dallas’ architectural icons, as well as the recently completed Main Street Garden. Sponsored by the Dallas Center for Architecture, the two-hour tour starts (rain or shine) at the corner of Main and St. Paul streets. Sights will include the Adolphus Hotel, the Magnolia Building, the Statler Hilton, and the Wilson Building. For tickets, call (214) 742-3242 or query SEPT 10 RDA Lectures Highlight Chinese Architecture Convention Offers ‘Balance’ in Dallas Every year since 1939, the statewide architecture community has gathered for professional development, fellowship, and the opportunity to see the best its host city has to offer. This year’s convention of the Texas Society of Architects builds on that long history. The conference takes place Oct. 27-29 in Dallas, with a dozen tours planned of significant buildings and places, as well as continuing education sessions covering the spectrum of topics relevant to the practice of architecture in Texas. The three days of events and activities share a common theme – Balance – which will be emphasized by the messages of the convention’s t wo keynote speakers: John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, and Rebecca Ryan, author of Live First, Work Second and an expert on recruiting creative talent. Attendance to the Texas Society of Architects’ 72nd Annual Convention and Design Products and Ideas Expo is open to both members and nonmembers, along with their guests. Visit to register online and find more information. 9 / 1 0 2 0 1 1 Tour destinations include the Dallas Arts District, the Victory Park mixed-use development, Cowboy Stadium, and the construction site of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Others will feature modern houses, urban renewal, and design for education. Sessions for continuing education credits will range from the technical (accessibility, project delivery, building codes, etc.) to the personal (enhancing design through travel, finding balance between work and family, leveraging social media to engage the public, etc.) Many of the presentations will be provided by leaders in the state’s design and construction fields. Among the convention’s highlights will be the Design Products and Ideas Expo, which is scheduled to open at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, and close at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. Hall C in the Dallas Convention Center is the location. In addition, numerous awards celebrations will take place at various times during the convention. Check the online schedule at for a complete listing of events, including alumni gatherings and the host chapter’s welcome party. T A S T A F F This year’s Rice Design Alliance fall lecture series, “Chinese Architecture: 中国建筑,” will explore the impact of the China’s 30-year-long expansion of its built environment. Scheduled on successive Wednesdays, the lectures will begin at 7 p.m. in Brown Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. For more information, call (713) 348-4876 or visit SEPT 28 thru OCT 19 AIA Fort Worth Presents Talk by Julie Snow Winning entries in AIA Fort Worth’s 2011 Design Awards program will be announced at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Among the jurors for this year’s program is Julie Snow, FAIA, of Julie Snow Architects in Minneapolis, Minn. Immediately following the announcement, she will give a presentation of her work as part of the museum’s ‘Tuesday Evenings at the Modern’ lecture series. See for details. Admission is free. OCT 18 Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention The Texas Society of Architects hosts its 72nd Annual Convention and Design Products and Ideas Expo at the Dallas Convention Center, Oct. 27-29. Information on continuing education sessions, exhibitors, and online registration is posted at Questions? Call (512) 478-7386. OCT 27–29 T E X A S A R C H I T E C T 25

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