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AIA Climate Action Business Playbook - Introduction

We are excited to announce the release of the AIA Climate Action Business Playbook. This resource was created by Lake|Flato , Buro Happold , Sustainable Performance Institute , unabridged Architecture . Project Team The project team included: Heather Holdridge , Director of Design Performance, Lake|Flato Dan Stine , Director of Design Technology, Lake|Flato Aurora Jensen , Embodied Carbon Lead, Brightworks Sustainability Varun Kohli , AVP - Real Properties, Battery Park City Authority Barbra BatShalom , Founder & CEO, Sustainable Performance Institute Allison Anderson , Principal,...
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Lake|Flato designs High-Performance School using ClimateStudio

Rendering of Alamogordo Middle School in Alamogordo, New Mexico. To be completed in Fall 2024.
“Excellent learning environments are supported by high-performance design. Studies have reinforced and quantified what we have intuitively known – that student health and performance improve with well-designed learning environments, spaces that support student connectivity to each other, nature, daylight, fresh air, views to the surrounding community and natural resources, etc. Early in the concept phase, our design and client team established a goal of having 100% of the school's learning spaces be daylight autonomous to support the educational and mental well-being of students, faculty, and...
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Celebrating Nature, Place and Craft in Our New San Antonio Office

Since our founding in 1984, Lake|Flato has expanded to all floors and corners of our office at 311 Third Street in San Antonio. After committing to renovating our office into a healthy, high-performing, hybrid workplace, we decided to go against the grain of the building’s origins as a former car dealership and remove all parking and cars to create a community-centric outdoor living room. For a firm with a focus on sustainability, expanding our office meant removing rather than adding, and encouraging human and environmental health through outdoor amenities, connections to nature, and...
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Using 3D People to Enhance Diversity of Enscape Visualizations and Client Communication

Ryerson Woods Education Center - exterior rendering
Every architectural visualization is a challenge in itself. For some projects, fidelity to style and detail is particularly important, while for others, authenticity in harmony with the surrounding environment is key. The talented team at Lake|Flato combines these components and brings the environmental aspect and the sustainability of the planned buildings even more into their Enscape renderings. For that reason, we are very happy to share the following guest post with you. Enjoy! Creating Enscape Visualizations The team uses various design technologies, from energy and daylight simulation...
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Early Energy Modeling and Comparing Tools to Validate Results

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As an architectural design firm that makes a concerted effort to incorporate sustainable design goals into all our projects, Lake|Flato uses many tools to challenge our assumptions and validate decisions. For efficiency, we also look for ways to streamline our efforts and even democratize workflows such that design teams might accomplish their own analysis without relying on, and possibly waiting for, a specialist to do it for them. To this end, an important part of implementing a new tool or workflow is to verify the accuracy of the results. This post will, at a high level, outline our early...
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Evolving the Conversation on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Designing meaningful, high-performance buildings and landscapes is not a passive act. The process necessitates a sustained exercise in discerning the interconnections between environmental and human health, cultural resilience, and inclusive community building. The ties that bind are subtle yet irrevocable, with each affecting the others. To truly provide value through equitable design strategies, every community member, visitor, guest, and employee should be welcomed and be able to navigate a building or landscape confidently, independently, and with choice and dignity, avoiding separation...
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Embodied Carbon Update: Investigations and Greenbuild

Embodied Carbon Update: Investigations and Greenbuild In 2009, Lake|Flato began its carbon reduction journey when we adopted the 2030 Challenge and started tracking operation carbon on all projects. Carbon is also known as the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) associated with global warming potential (GWP). Buildings account for 39% of global GHG emissions, making it a high priority for designers to help reduce carbon through both operational and embodied methods. Embodied carbon specifically refers to the GWP associated with the GHG emissions produced during a material’s full life cycle (...
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Coming Together at Kickapoo Ranch: Flake Lato 2021

Flake Lato, our annual retreat on the headwaters of the West Nueces, at the tail end of summer, just before children return to school, is always one of the most special weekends of the year. But this year, due to COVID-19, and our remote working conditions, it was more special than ever. Together, we had made it through a difficult year. Spread out all over the country and starved for camaraderie, Flake Lato was a timely and much anticipated antidote. The “seal team,” the early strike force that pulls up the shade structures and gets things organized, showed up Thursday evening, and things...
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INVESTIGATIONS: Affordable Housing Incentive Models

Construction site for mixed income multi-family housing in San Antonio, Texas
Investigations Team: Adam Martin, Cameron Goldsmith As cities in Texas grow their economies, the demand for housing especially in and near urban areas increases, and in-turn, the price of housing increases beyond the ability of many Texans to afford a decent quality of life. A variety of government-sponsored financial incentive mechanisms exist for private developers who wish to build affordable housing. In most Texas cities, these incentive programs are not mandatory, but may be pursued by any multi-family or mixed-use development. While some publicly owned affordable housing still exists in...
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Mixed Reality at Lake|Flato – Full Scale Holograms with the Microsoft HoloLens 2

Mixed Reality view of Lake Flato office remodel
Introduction During the architectural design process, Lake|Flato uses many techniques to convey our design solution to our clients. The options include hand sketched drawings, physical models, printed CAD drawings, real-time on-screen visualizations, virtual reality, and even augmented reality. The same is also true for our own office remodel, currently underway, here in San Antonio, Texas. This article will highlight our use of immersive mixed reality, which involves a full-scale hologram being positioned within our existing three-story building, used to experience the new office before the...

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