Texas Architect January/February 2014: Ecologies
This issue on “Ecologies” explores urban design across Texas and focuses on the increasing importance of green infrastructure for our cities. With the rehabilitation of the San Antonio River, the state now has the longest linear park in the nation. Dallas is also leading urban design trends with its progressive parks plan — Klyde Warren Park is just one example of the good work being done. Houston and Austin are also both relying on green infrastructure to create valuable public spaces. Other important urban design initiatives featured include mixed-use development in downtown Austin, El Paso’s first net-zero senior housing project, and the push for San Antonio’s missions to be added to the World Heritage List.
Contributors Rachel Wright, AIA is Eurico R. Francisco, AIA grew up in lush, tropical Brazil, and he is encouraged to see that landscape architecture is integral to all three proposals for the Dallas Connected City Design Challenge. Read his recap of the architects’ presentations on page 16. Greg Ibañez, FAIA and Brett Koenig Greig is an architect at Loop Design in East Austin. She understands the neighborhood well and thinks that the Edgeland House fits perfectly into its low-key creative atmosphere. Read her thoughts on the house’s curb appeal on page 26. his wife, Kathleen Culebro, recently purchased a circa1932 stone cottage in Fort Worth. They are planning a renovation/ addition on an optimist’s budget, bringing to mind “Doctor, heal thyself” and other similar clichés. Read Greg’s article about Klyde Warren Park on page 60. Canan Yetmen writes about architecture and architects every single day. Her first novel, “The Roses Underneath,” will be released in January. And yes, of course there’s an architect in it. Read her article about Austin’s Block 21 on page 66. 10 Texas Architect Ben Koush is an architect and writer in Houston. He took time off from working on his upcoming book about modern architecture to write about new park designs in his article about Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens. Read his piece on page 96. 1/2 2014 Ingrid Spencer is a contributing editor for Architectural Record and writes about architecture and design from her home office in Austin’s Zilker neighborhood. Read her article on El Paso’s new net-zero housing development on page 72. Audrey Maxwell, AIA is Dean Almy, AIA is an architect and urbanist who grew up living in cities around the world. He advocates for a better quality of life through the reintegration of the urban environment and the formation of meaningful places. Read his article about Austin’s ecological wealth on page 54. an architect at Michael Malone Architects in Dallas. In her free time, she enjoys serving the community by participating in various charity activities. For the last issue of TA, she wrote an excellent article on the new business school at the University of North Texas. Read the article on the Texas Architects website. an architect based in San Antonio. Focused on the significance of cultural resources, her projects range from adaptive reuse to the restoration of San Antonio’s Spanish Colonial Missions. Anna Nau loves to write about old buildings. A graduate of Southwestern University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Edinburgh, she is currently part of the writing team for the San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage nomination. Read Rachel and Anna’s story on the missions on page 78.