Texas Architect May/June 2012: Urban Design
This “Urban Design” edition’s four features do not deal with urban design as typified by comprehensive plans for large swaths of urban environment. Rather, they represent four works of architecture that, by virtue of where they are, play important roles in a broader urban context.
8 Texas Architect 5/6 2012 Contributors Dror Baldinger, AIA is a partner at the San Antonio firm Marmon Mok. When not contemplating the brickness of the brick, he may be found photographing great architecture and deli- cate flowers, serving as vice president of the Baldinger family, or anguishing over the brilliance of the Arsenal Football Club. Read his residential feature on page 32. Filo Castore, AIA has roots that sprout from the hilly landscape of Tuscany, Italy, from which he hails. Although downtown Florence is devoid of innovative high-rises like the BG Group Place featured on page 48, the Renais- sance Masters have made an indelible mark on his profes- sional career. Since he moved to Houston 16 years ago, he has been striving to create an interdisciplinary and collaborative mindset to reaffirm the central role of the architect as a master builder and community leader to create effective places and sustainable com- munities. Nowadays, in lieu of the rolling Chianti landscape, Filo seeks inspiration in the vast majesty of the American West. Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA is a graduate of Kansas State University and practices with Merriman Associates Architects in Dallas. His passion for his hometown of St. Louis drives his architectural mandate for thorough conceptual thought and intervention in the urban context. He is currently working on an international competition for redeveloping the site of Pruitt Igoe. Friebele writes about the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel begin- ning on page 54. Joe Self, AIA and partner Tracy Self host “Design Talk,” a monthly program at the Fort Worth Center for Architecture, where professionals present and discuss design topics in lay- men’s terms for the general public. They welcome speaker proposals to promote lively, face-to-face dis- cussion about design with members of the community. See his article on the Tarrant County College East Campus, page 40. Bryce Weigand, FAIA practices architecture in Dallas, cowboy- ing at the Zephyr Bar W at Buffalo Ranch outside of Oakwood, and drawing anytime, everywhere. He and his wife Trish will be drawing big, granite boulders on the coast of Maine this summer. Weigand helps lead the institutional work at Good Fulton & Far- rell. See “Backpage,” page 80. Canan Yetmen is an enthusiastic architec- tural marketer and nocturnal novelist, when she’s not writing about stellar buildings such as Austin’s new Heywood Hotel (page 60). Her first book of fiction is a World War II mystery that features art thieves, Nazis, and an archi- tect, of course.