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.
Recognition 1 2 3 4 5 6 AIA Dallas 2013 Design Awards The AIA Dallas Design Awards recognizes outstanding work by Dallas architects, both in the metropolitan area and around the globe. Built Awards were announced in October and were selected by jurors Dan Rockhill of the University of Kansas and Studio 804; John Ronan, AIA, of John Ronan Architects; and Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, of VJAA. Unbuilt Awards were announced in September and were chosen by jurors Chandler Ahrens of Open Source Architecture (O-S-A); Michael Folonis, FAIA, of Michael Folonis Architects; and Jim Richard, AIA, of Richard+Bauer. Both juries honored designs that respond to unique cultural, social, environmental, and contextual challenges. Built Design Awards: Honor 1 The Kiask Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts Gensler The design of the Kiask Center in Philadelphia is centered on the chronological influence of libraries, using the past to inform the present and improve the future. The Class of 1976 Pavilion serves as the centerpiece of the space, featuring a glass and steel form floating within the wood-paneled Great Room. The Reading Room is designed to visually connect to the rest of the space while giving access to oneof-a-kind documents, in a highly-controlled environment. 22 Texas Architect 1/2 2014 2 Galveston Fire and Rescue #4 HDR Architecture The new design of Galveston Fire and Rescue #4 is an architectural solution that is responsive to building codes and restrictions and prevents damage during weather emergencies. The architects incorporated elevated design that is subtle and transformative. The overall design strategy allows for reuse of the facility with minimal rebuild or demotion in the event of another disaster. 3 Mockingbird Residence Buchanan Architecture This controversial Dallas residence is designed using an innovative building envelope system commonly found in climate-controlled warehouse construction and features several sustainable solutions. The design incorporates unique details throughout the space, encompassing the client’s personal interests in stone and transforming a residential building into a work of art. 4 NEHO (Nueva Expansión Hospital Observatorio) HKS The new inpatient Tower at Avenida Observatorio is an extension to the existing American British Cowdray (ABC) Medical Center in Mexico City and its new cancer center. The expansion design uses a combination of vision glass to enhance and frame views, while spandrel and sandblasted glass serve to block and filter natural light. This solution enabled the design team to reintroduce and expand the existing green space, connecting the expansion to the existing building, while intertwining it with the urban environment. 5 South Intermediate High School Perkins + Will The design of this Broken Arrow, Okla., high school’s Performing Arts Addition uses a simple planning strategy to integrate the existing structure with the new arts building. The design creates a courtyard that joins two different programs — art and athletics. The courtyard gives the school a new identity and creates a blended approach to community and education. 6 Pomona Residence Cunningham Architects This three-bedroom, three-bath house in Dallas utilizes a simple design with careful detailing, integrating a side courtyard with a more formal garden space. At 2,700 sf, the design of the house is an elegant solution with careful detailing and sustainable features. The finishes direct one’s eyes to the outdoors. 7 College Park Picnic Pavilion and Site Improvements Snøhetta (Design Architect) with Architexas (Architect of Record) This South Dallas park pavilion is a simple