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The Merriam Webster dictionary defines transparent as having the property of transmitting that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly. These days, transparency is getting a lot of attention in the built environment, specifically in relation to materials. The International Living Future Institute has raised the bar and our awareness with its Living Building Challenge , a certification program that uses petals of a flower to designate its categories. Its Material Petal focuses on a list of chemicals that are forbidden from being present in any product or material. What exactly makes up...
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Children & Nature

A few of us LF’ers recently had the opportunity to listen to journalist and author, Richard Louv speak at a luncheon for the San Antonio Children’s Museum project, which Lake|Flato is extremely proud to be designing. To foster natural play, the Museum will encourage outdoor learning through the use of streams, bioswales, and sand exhibits. I have admired Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods” and research concerning human’s inherent connection to nature and children’s lack of outdoor experiences. Louv’s hypothesis claims that children are spending less time outdoors resulting in a large range...
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Rudy's Ascent to Heaven, 2-20-2013

Rudy . . . the great Rhoudini, Rudolfo Teodoro Lago, Amigo, Ruuchi, Ruperto, was put down 2-20-13 at 5:14 pm. He was a fine animal; Annie would say he was the more mature sibling . . . intuitive, all knowing. Rudy had certain habits, early on it was just getting OUT . . . breaking out, either by climbing the fence, which grew from 42” to 6’ to 7’... then an invisible shocking fence which only meant he backed further away and took a running leap at the fence, climbing to the top and springing over – yelping once as the shock got him. "No dog has escaped the invisible fence, Mr. Lake, with the...
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Beauty, Place and the Environmental Imperative

Our minds are pre-programmed to read and respond to certain patterns and elements found within the natural world. However, in contemporary society we more and more often find ourselves living in nature deprived conditions, in places divorced from the nature context we subconsciously desire. Perhaps designers of the built environment can learn to reconnect people to the patterns of nature triggering aesthetic responses that speak to our inner spirit and our innate sense of beauty. While we are relative novices in creating...
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Late Nite at the Hunt Gallery

And if that's not enought to convince you, I bought one last night and feel like a celebrity. Stay tuned for the hanging party...I am taking votes for the lucky wall!
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Playful Design

While in Pittsburgh, I had the opportunity to stop by the Children’s Museum. Once housed in the Old Post Office building, the museum expanded in 2004 taking full advantage of the nearby Buhl Planetarium. As a graphic designer, I was instantly drawn to wayfinding graphics (rather hard to miss). Pentagram’s use of scale and simplicity works effectively throughout the museum. Upon entering, I was immediately greeted by a colorful mix of plexiglass panels floating above the admissions desk. As I walked through the building, I felt as though I was in a children’s book- their solutions made sense...
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Architecture of the Louisiana Bayou

Recently a friend and I took a trip out to New Orleans. After a couple of days in the city we decided to venture out and explore the world of the Louisiana Bayou. Expecting to encounter a few alligators and turtles, we soon discovered that these creatures weren't all the swamps had to offer. Even though the wildlife along the swamp was impressive, it was the lifestyle of the people who inhabit in and around the swamp that impressed us the most. The housing that surrounds the bayou uses architecture to its advantage to prepare for a rise in water levels. The series of houses photographed below...
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HEB Montrose awarded twice at ULI Gala

Our design of HEB Montrose was honored last night with the 2013 Urban Land Institute Development of Distinction Award at a ceremony in Houston.This annual awards program honors the top community oriented development project for the year in the Houston area. This project also took home the inaugural People's Choice Award in a vote open to ULI members as well as the general public. The People's Choice honor is a testament of the impact HEB Montrose has had in the community. The process for this project was truly a collaboration between the owner, the community and the design team. A community...
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Land Mapping with Matt Morris

Matt Morris @ Hunt Gallery Artist's Reception Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6pm to 8pm Exhibition continues through March 9th Hunt Gallery 4225 McCullough Ave San Antonio, TX 78212 210-822-6527
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Pecha Kucha v.9 - February 19, 2013

Another PechaKucha is upon us, and this is the first thematic one. For February, dynamic San Antonio couples are the presenters, in honor of dear Valentine's Day. Every duo will be great. If you're looking for Lake|Flato connections, Kristin Hefty is a former LFer, we have a sculpture in our office by Riley Robinson, and Paul Sartory is, you guessed it....Jamie Sartory's dad! (also, our Patrick Burnham designed this flyer!) Rick + Angela Martinez , Cinephiles Joey Fauerso + Riley Robinson , Artists Jake Zollie Harper + Amada Miller , Glass Blower + Artist Kristin + Clay Hefty , Architect +...