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D E S I G N S U S T A I N A B L E Nature and Human Nature We are trying to care for our environment architecturally, but something is missing by MAX LEVY, FAIA OUR NINETEENTH-CENTURY TEXAS FOREBEARS LIVED MORE CLOSELY WITH NATURE THAN WE DO, but of course they had little choice in the matter. Though we sometimes romanticize that close relationship, most early Texans probably would have traded the romance for a window unit air conditioner. Nevertheless, they made the most of their situation and there remains much that we can learn from them about the intersection of daily lives, architecture, and nature. It may be helpful to look at a few remarkable buildings from their world and measure these against our current well-meaning attempts at an architectural alliance with nature. ALL PHOTOS BY MAX LEVY, FAIA, WITH EXCEPTION OF NEXT PAGE TOP LEFT PHOTO COURTESY FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND AMON CARTER MUSEUM; NEXT PAGE TOP RIGHT PHOTO COURTESY FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY House of Seasons Fort McKavett 34 T E X A S A R C H I T E C T 9 / 1 0 2 0 1 1

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