Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2011: Design Awards
The September/October 2011 edition featured the Texas Society of Architects’ Design Awards. Jurors – Steve Dumez, FAIA; James Russell, FAIA; and David Salmela, FAIA – gave awards to: Arthouse by LTL Architects; Brockman Hall for Physics by Kieran Timberlake; Cabin on Flathead Creek by Andersson-Wise Architects; Rainwater Court by Dick Clark Architecture (with Architecture for Humanity); Sam Houston Tollway NE Toll Plaza by RdlR Architects; Singing Bell Ranch by Max Levy Architect; Sisters’ Retreat by Mell Lawrence Architects; and five projects by Lake/Flato Architects—Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, Armstrong Oil & Gas, Brown Residence, Cutting Horse Ranch, and Full Goods Warehouse and Il Sogno. Other articles covered Fountain Place as winner of the 25-Year Award, Texas Accessibility Standards, Houston Mod, the North Texas Sustainability Showcase, Bob Borson’s “Life of an Architect” blog. Jim Atkins and Grant Simpson outlined roles as specified in AIA contract documents.
TEXAS ARCHITECT 9 / 10 2 011 34 SUSTAINABLE DESIGN 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. House of Seasons Fort McKavett A L L PHOTOS BY M A X L E V Y, FA IA , W IT H E XCEP T IO N OF NE X T PAGE TO P L EF T PHOTO COURT ESY FORT WORT H PUBL IC L IBR A RY A ND A M O N CA RT ER M USEUM ; NE X T PAGE TO P RIGH T PHOTO COURT ESY FORT WORT H M USEUM OF SCIEN CE A ND HIS TORY