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.
in a “David George House” near Grapevine, Texas. This talented architect worked for one of Wright’s favorite architects, Harwell Hamilton Harris, in Fort Worth. While in Fort Worth, George formed a partnership with Charles Adams, who is now honored by AIA Fort Worth with a scholarship at the University of Texas at Arlington. After moving to Dallas, George George was an architect’s architect, a gentleman’s gentleman, a man without guile. PHOTO OF SUSAN LYNN WILLIAMSON COURTESY HER FAMILY. PHOTOGRAPH OF “SUNRISE FILMSET SUNSET, 2012” BY TERESA HUBBARD AND ALEXANDER BIRCHLER COURTESY BALLROOM MARFA. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY TEX-FAB. helped form The Architects Partnership, a very successful firm responsible for numerous design award-winning projects. Many of George’s residences were featured in national magazines and other architectural publications. He also received recognition from the New York Architectural League and the American Federation of Arts. George was an architect’s architect, a gentleman’s gentleman, a man without guile. After his memorial service, a loving client invited “all to come to the Hodge Orr Residence to celebrate David George’s life.” The Hodge Orr House was featured in the July/August 2012 issue of Texas Architect. This wonderful house is a real work of architecture, just as David Webster George was a distinguished architect and friend. Susan Lynn Williamson (1958–2013) by Joel Warren Barna Susan Lynn Williamson of Austin, a former editor of Texas Architect magazine, died October 10, 2013. Born in Dallas in 1958, Susan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin University, then started her professional life as a writer and photographer for the Luf kin Daily News. Later, after earning a master’s degree in English/Creative Writing from The University of Texas at Austin, she helped create and edit American Short Fiction, which was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Fiction in its first two years of publication. of Texas Architect in 1991. She worked for the magazine, later as executive editor and editor, until 1999. During her tenure, the magazine won a national award for association publications. Her writing and editing were characterized by a graceful clarity and precision, and her generous and steady spirit helped her forge strong friendships with colleagues and architects throughout Texas. Willis Winters, FAIA, of Dallas, a long-time contributing editor, said of Susan: “I deeply admired Susan for all she did for the Texas Society of Architects as the first woman editor of Susan became associate editor “Susan’s quiet manner belied her intensity and her perceptual acuity. She was quick to see the essence of a thing and to have the exact words to express it.” Calendar Austin Foundation for Architecture January 23 www.austinfa.org The Austin Foundation for Architecture will recognize local leaders who are working to better the urban experience in Central Texas. Join them at The Thinkery. Dallas Architecture Forum Lecture Series January 30 www.dallasarchitectureforum.org Madrid-based architects Selgas + Cano have exhibited throughout the world and just received the Kunstpreis Prize from the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. José Selgas and Lucía Cano will speak at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre. Texas Architects Third Annual Design Conference: Borderlands January 31 – February 2 www.texasarchitects.org/descon The Texas Architects Third Annual Design Conference: Borderlands will feature Marlon Blackwell, FAIA; Rand Elliot, FAIA; Victor Trahan, FAIA; and Victor Legorreta. TEX-FAB 5 Austin February 19 – 23 Texas Architect. She was dedicated toward producing a publication of the highest editorial content and visual quality for our organization.” W. Mark Gunderson, AIA, chair of the publications committee during Susan’s year as editor, said, “Susan’s quiet manner belied her intensity and her perceptual acuity. She was quick to see the essence of a thing and to have the exact words to express it.” Susan is survived by her husband, Dan Galewsky; by her children, Jacob and Sophia; and by her father, Joseph Williamson, and brother, John Williamson. Her family asks that donations in her memory be made to The New Writers Project/Susan Williamson Fund at The University of Texas at Austin Department of English, One University Station B5000, Austin, TX 78712. (Contact: Cecilia Smith Morris, email c.smith-morris@ austin.utexas.edu.) www.tex-fab.net TEX-FAB 5 SKIN: Digital Assemblies will be held at The University of Texas at Austin. Keynote speaker Michele Rojkind will kick off four days of parametric design and digital fabrication workshops. Ballroom Marfa February 28 – July 6 www.ballroommarfa.org Ballroom Marfa will present “Giant,” the last in a trilogy of video installations exploring the social and physical sites of cinema in the southwestern United States. 1/2 2014 Texas Architect 21