Texas Architect September/October 2013: Design Awards
This year’s statewide design awards jury recognized 11 projects as outstanding examples of design in Texas. The three jurors — Ann Beha, FAIA, of Ann Beha Architects in Boston; Julie Eizenberg, AIA, of Koning Eizenberg in Santa Monica; and Douglas Stockman, AIA, of el dorado in Kansas City — collectively sought to recognize a diversity of project scales and typologies. They also embraced designs that they described as straightforward, elegant, clear, and simple.
Backpage Ryann Ford’s Rest Stops by Catherine Gavin I n her series “Rest Stops: Vanishing Relics of the American Roadside,” Austin-based architectural photographer Ryann Ford documents rest areas along highways across the Southwest. Drawn to the simplicity of the structures set within stark landscapes, Ford selects sites featuring small covered picnic tables. The effort is timely, as many of these structures are quickly disappearing. Ford asserts that the rest stops offer unique designs specific to the geography and culture of each location. Using old maps and Google Streetview as her primary research tools, Ford identifies locations to shoot over the course of a week-long road trip. As roadsides become increasingly homogenized, this project offers a glimpse of vernacular architectural expressions that hearken back to an era of bygone leisurely road travel. Left to right from top Abiquiu, N.M; Monahans, Texas; Galveston, Texas; Anthony, N.M.; Big Bend National Park, Texas; Fort Stockton, Texas; Thackerville, Okla. PHOTOS BY RYANN FORD. 124 Texas Architect 9/10 2013