Texas Architect July/August 2013: Light
Sketches that bring sunlight and moonlight into spaces in creative, playful ways; otherworldly experiments in color centered on the early morning and evening skies; the construction of shade for people and plants; an oasis of densely planted, colorful cacti in the desert; and the benefits of daylight for work and study — this issue is about natural light and design. The projects featured illustrate a range of artistic and functional expressions where light is essential to the experience of each space.
Mechanical Plumbing RENDERING BY SELINA CINECIO. Electrical Fire Protection Testing/ Commissioning Marketplace As part of a class assignment, the students in a second-semester design studio were invited to design four houses for a mixed-use development in West Dallas. UT Arlington Students Design West Dallas Homes Graduate students at The University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture got a helping of real-world design experience thanks to a partnership with West Dallas Investments (WDI). As part of a class assignment, the students in a second-semester design studio taught by Professor Bijan Youssefzadeh were invited to design four houses for the corporation, which is working to transform more than 80 acres of land in West Dallas through mixed-use development. Youssefzadeh’s students worked on the design portion of the project, and they collaborated with students in a construction drawing course, taught by Professor Ed Nelson, who produced the final plans. WDI is managed by partners Larry (Butch) McGregor, Stuart Fitts, and Phil Romano. The investors are planning to build the homes designed by the architecture students for four families in neighborhood of La Bajada as part of a trade arrangement with the homeowners. The houses required two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a carport. Youssefzadeh said his students learned a great deal from the assignment, including how to design a building with a client, and how to work within site, construction method, and program constraints. McGregor, WDI’s spokesperson for the project, commented that the project was a very interesting exercise for his team. “We thoroughly enjoyed it, and the students came up with good, fresh ideas.” The first of the houses set to be built is a twobedroom unit designed by student Nicholas Lowe with construction drawings produced by Selina Cinecio. McGregor said WDI is looking forward to having the builders break ground in the fall. With the original ribbed texture of Tretford, Acousticord creates a contemporary European surface engineered specifically for walls. 800 200 8120 5734_TRI-KES AcousticordAd_3.5x4.5_Final.indd 1 tri-kes.com 3/28/13 4:45 PM MEP Engineers TBPE Reg. #10804 Dallas, Texas 214-217-9993 www.aace-eng.com 7/8 2013 Texas Architect 89