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From China With Love

Chinese poetry, and the poets that write them, have always held a high level of reverence in Chinese cultural traditions. Inspired by his current visit to the Middle Kingdom, our own inhouse L|F poet laureate, David Lake, takes a shot at this ancient art. His verses from the abstract comes to you...unedited! Tianjin Park Today with Kongjian Reflected self at Tianjin park Saw summer palace yesterday Off to forbidden city tomorrow Great wall Ming tombs Saturday Monday I take train to Suzhou Thursday hanzhou Sunday shanghai Turenscape office Tuesday fly to Seattle And there you go, some profound...
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A Community Garden Grows in Beacon Hill

With the help of Tenna Florian, founding community garden manager and fellow Lake Flatonian, a community garden grows in the Beacon Hill Neighborhood with native plants, vegetables and butterfly garden! A pavilion designed and built by the UT San Antonio College of Architecture enhances the community aspect of the garden and serves as a demonstration of storm water collection. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dp32hWNWWmI
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Former Interns Launch Libraries Across Africa

In May I was at the Gulf Coast Green Conference in Houston and ran into former intern, David Dewane and his adorable 10 month old daughter Frita (a.k.a. Fritzy - not sure on spelling). After a bit of parent/baby talk, the conversation drifted toward work. He is now at Gensler, which has supported him in helping his thesis project become a reality. He, along with his wife Rachel (also a former intern) and others, have now launched Libraries Across Africa. Check out their website . Founded in 2010, Libraries Across Africa is a non-profit business whose mission is to empower individuals through...
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L|Fers Lend a Hand to Habitat

On Saturday, June 16th, a group of Lake|Flatonians traveled to southern San Antonio to help out Habitat for Humanity. We had the pleasure of working with Woody on 6802 Faithful Drive with everything from cabinet blocking to fixing crooked wall frames. The group left in the afternoon all smiles, caked in sweat, dirt, and sawdust.
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See David Lake Speak at Greenbuild 2012

David Lake has been selected (from an applicant pool of over 800!) to speak at this year's Greenbuild Conference in San Francisco! David will be joined by Bill Shown, Managing Director of Silver Ventures, Inc., and Darryl Byrd, CEO of SA2020 to lead an education session on San Antonio's redevelopment of its downtown, including the role of the Pearl Brewery Development as an anchor of the River North Plan. This session, titled "Dream It, Map It, Do It: Delivering on a City Vision", will look at the Pearl Brewery Development and River North Plan as a response to a city-wide vision of what San...
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L|F and Area Sixth Graders Form Venture

This past school year a team of 6th grade entrepreneurs / venture capitalists formed a strategic alliance with Lake Flato to work on the design of some major new civic architecture that is being called a "game changer" for the AEC industry. The projects on the drawing boards were conceived and masterminded by the 6th graders with design consulting services performed by Lake Flato. The projects include a rotating restaurant up in a tree with toboggan slides and ice skating rink, a subterranean river walk with a medieval weapons gallery, a mobile cooking school and cupcake shop made of train...
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Pecha Kucha Standing Ovation

In case you missed last Thursday's PechaKucha Night, here is the presentation that received the first and only standing ovation: Rancher Linda Perez. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9o5-COsdP6k
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Shou-Sugi-Ban in Process

Mike and Tim from Reznikoff Custom Furniture recently sent us some shots of their burning process for a shou-sugi-ban finish to be applied as an interior finish for SK Ranch. Shou-sugi-ban is the ancient Japanese technique of charring wood to naturally protect it from weather, pests and rot. The result is a gorgeous textured charcoal finish. On SK Ranch, Mike and Tim are starting with vertical grain cedar boards and finishing with a clear polyurethane sealer.
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Mid Atlantic Inspiration

Cameron and I traveled to from Maryland to North Carolina last week and took in some architecture while catching up with friends... top to bottom: landscape wall at North Carolina Museum of Art; Exterior North Carolina Museum of Art-Thomas Phifer and Partners; Pope Leighey House-Frank Lloyd Wright; CAM-Brooks Scarpa; Warnings-Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Raleigh & Naval Academy in Annapolis
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Big Bend: Rocks and Hard Places

After hearing innumerable accounts of the raw beauty of Big Bend National Park, two fresh-faced LFer’s embarked on a four night excursion in the Chisos backcountry. Repeatedly battered by the unforgiving wilderness, what were once the innocent, emerged weathered, salty adventurers. For those pressed for time: snakes, unknown creatures in the night, wind, rain, fog, mud, and mud. Their (abdridged, but still lengthy) story follows. Clockwise from Left: A struggle from the beginning-Thomas couldn't make it atop the sign before the self timer, view from Emory Peak, Western Diamondback on the...