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Big House Inspiration

During Greenbuild 2013 I had the unique experience of touring the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. A short walk from downtown, Eastern State was the world's first designed prison intended to inspire penitence and rehabilitate its prisoners through the "Pennsylvania System" of isolation. Al Capone counted among the notable tenants during ESP's operating years from 1829 until the very recent 1971. The original plans called for one-story cellblocks stretching out in a radial pattern from a central guard station. Each cell was originally accessed only from a rear exercise yard, where...
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Seminole Canyon and The White Shaman Preserve

There are many points in time to begin telling this story. In geologic time, we could start 10 million years ago when the west Texas landscape was forming. We could start our story when the people of the Lower Pecos were making their rock art 3,000 years ago. We could start when Lake|Flato began their work with the Witte Museum, creating a new home for their People of Pecos exhibit with additions and renovations to their existing space. We could start our story in the small "town" of Comstock, Texas, where a group of LFers spent a Saturday night drinking beer around a pool table getting to...
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A few themes from greenbuild 2013

Last week a few of us traveled to Philadelphia for Greenbuild to learn about the latest trends in sustainable design. The week was full of seminars and product demonstrations and culminated with a keynote by Hillary Clinton and a performance by Bon Jovi. Here are the major takeaways from the week. We should know what our buildings are made of. The one overarching theme of Greenbuild this year was material transparency. A building may be beautiful, but is it giving its occupants asthma, or allergies, or cancer? The first step to ensuring healthy materials is material transparency and...
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Digital Pinup: Evelyn's Park

Located on the site of the former Teas Nursery in Bellaire,Texas, an incorporated city within Houston, Evelyn’s Park aims to serve as “Bellair’s Front Yard;” to be a vibrant and vital amenity for the city. Situated near the edge of the city on Bellaire Blvd, the park is strategically located to help define the entrance and identity of Bellaire as a whole. Lake|Flato has been working closely with the Evelyn’s Park Conservancy and SWA Group, master plan Landscape Architects, to define this identity and create an engaging experience for all ages that strikes a balance between the prominent urban...
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Lake|Flato Takes Top Honors at the 2013 AIA SA Awards

A group of Lake Flatonians attended the San Antonio AIA Awards Banquet last Friday. It is always exciting to put projects up for award consideration and very rewarding and humbling to be selected for recognition. It ended as a very memorable evening that saw the firm win a record 6 design awards including top honors for our Desert Residence and Cranbrook Kingswood Girls' Middle School. Out of a total of 88 submissions only nine received built design awards.The jury of Josh Shelton of El Dorado (Kansas City), Rusty Smith of Rural Studios (Auburn University) and Wendy Pautz of LMN Architects (...
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Hamburg Highlights

This past summer Cameron and I ventured to Hamburg to visit former Lake|Flatonians Heather Weiler and Jeremy Fields. Hamburg was a surprising mix of city & greenspace, modern & traditional, and beer & pretzels. Both Heather and Jeremy have settled into life abroad, Heather is currently working for MOKA studio doing incredible renderings and Jeremy is working for Trapez Architektur fulfilling his dream of designing beautiful buildings that can be captured with a single hand gesture. The top image is of Central Park which is Hamburg's version of San Antonio's La Tuna Ice House. An...
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stories of a house

Myself, my husband, our dog, and a couple roommates are slowly but steadily transforming this Southtown San Antonio house into our dream home (and home office). In doing so, we want to create a contemporary home setting that also embraces the historic nature of the 1907 building that we are renovating. In its 100+ years on this site, this house has functioned as a private home, a multi-resident apartment building, a bed+breakfast, and most recently the crashpad/workspace for some software developers. While the building hasn't always received much TLC, it does have a remarkable set of remnants...
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PechaKucha 12 Next Tuesday Night

PechaKucha San Antonio is happening next Tuesday, November 19th at the Coates Chapel at the Southwest School of Art. I know I say this every time, but it's going to be AMAZING. Just trust me. Doors open at 6:30 for a happy hour and the Randy Beamer show starts at 7:30. All this for just $5. Downtown parking in city lots and meters is free as part of the city's Downtown Tuesdays initiative. (Now you have no excuses.) Hope to see you there! The PK12 presenters: Margaret Craig, Printmaker Nan Cuba, Author Tracy Edwards, Doula Richard Farias, Activist Carlos Montoya, Bicycle Mechanic Wes Harvey,...
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Thomas Woltz Lecture at Trinity University

Join us this evening at Trinity University where Thomas Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects will speak as part of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (I.C.A.A.) Lecture Series. Woltz will discuss his firm's process of gathering information of a site's natural and cultural history to shape responsive designs that are inextricably linked to context. Lake|Flato has had the opportunity to partner with Nelson Byrd Woltz many times, including most recently on the Georgia Tech Engineered Biosystems Building in Atlanta, Georgia (pictured above). The lecture will be held at...
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This year was another impressive show of Halloween spirit and ingenuity. Costumes ranged from borrowed to very homemade; one included ordering special blinking plastic eyeballs direct from Japan. Who is your favorite? above: A-blink-in, The Flakenet (L|F intranet) The Dogrun What Does the Fox Say? The Witch and the Wardrobe (Lion not pictured), Walter White Jimmy Johns Delivery Girls Free Range Dixie Chicks Willy Wonka, Cotton as Cotton Flap That Boxer and Trainer, College Student