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‘Looking into the Distance’ The conceptual project by UT Austin architecture students Brian Bedrosian and William Huie received first-place recognition in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture International Student Design Competition. The competition, “Preservation as Provocation: Re-thinking Kahn’s Salk Institute,” sponsored by the AIA Historic Resources Committee, challenged students to envision the preservation of Louis H. Kahn’s Salk Institute while rethinking current conventions about composition, construction, and building performance. Advised by instructor David Heymann, the students’ three-phase plan includes a science center (with a long stoa) placed north of Kahn’s building, apartments bermed into a small canyon, and a hotel to draw visitors down the stoa onto the plaza (designed by Kahn and Luis Barragan) to meeting facilities at the east end. Subsequent phases reorient the campus’ relationship with UC San Diego and a new research center to the north. “Looking into the Distance” and others from the ACSA competition will be displayed at the AIA convention in June.

City Bank Auditorium Originally built in the mid-1950s, City Bank Auditorium in Lubbock is about to undergo its first major update since opening 60 years ago. Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio in Denton and Westlake Reed Leskosky in Cleveland, Ohio, have partnered to complete renovations and additions to the auditorium located adjacent to the northeast corner of the Texas Tech campus. Renovations will enhance the lobby, seating area, and restrooms, as well as bring the mid-century facility up to twenty-first-century code. Also being added are a “green” room and a load-in shop. In addition, the project will expand the auditorium by more than 15,000 square feet, including a new entry on the north side. The more accessible entrance will be clad in zinc panels, an ecologically friendly material selected for its resistance to Lubbock’s intense and often unpredictable weather. On the south side, a second zinc-clad addition will house new mechanical systems and patron facilities. When renovations are completed next year, the auditorium will have improved acoustics and an audience capacity of approximately 2,500.

Autism Treatment Center The San Antonio Autism Treatment Center’s new outpatient clinic is designed by SHW Group as a learning tool for understanding the complex developmental disorder. Containing six therapy rooms and a sensory lab, the 6,000-sf project encourages sensory and social interaction skills through active group and one-on-one therapy. Working with autism specialists, the architects used six principles – acoustics; spatial sequencing; natural light; color, texture, and pattern; therapeutic horticulture; and rhythms – that help clients identify the spaces and anticipate a functional change. Material choices promote the notion of movement, orientation, and mobility. Color, texture, pattern, and light are used alternately within the therapy rooms to provide each with a different sense of place. Outdoor gardens double as learning areas and help clients transition from the clinic back to their homes. Scheduled to be completed late next year, the diagnostic and therapy clinic is the first of its kind to extensively incorporate architecture as a treatment aid.

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