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JUST. Staying focused on the social side of sustainability...

In an industry where increased [and necessary] attention is being given to materials - what they are made of and where they come from - Lance Hosey reminds us that there is a third dimension we must not forget about. Read this recent post to consider how the selection of building materials can also be used to promote social equity...and check out the Living Building Challenge's new program --- JUST
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Journey of the pennant

This past weekend several Lake Flato riders took to the road on the MS 150 along with the rest of the “Grackles”. The following is a slightly different perspective on the ride. For those of you who remember Claire Matucheski, she is a past LF intern and former 3 rd St. Grackle. She is standing between Seema and Corey (second from right) in this picture at the Shell. Claire went off to attend school at the University of Michigan for Graduate studies in August and was not able to return to ride in the MS 150 event which was held over last weekend. I promised Claire if she would send me...
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LF Represented at TEDxSan Antonio 2013

Last Saturday, the fourth annual TEDxSan Antonio was held at the Rackspace Global Headquarters. I learned during the introduction that Rackspace has been webhosting since its inception, so it was the perfect venue to host the live conference. The locally organized TEDx committee, charged with curating "Ideas Worth Spreading", programmed the day with 20 speakers covering a wide range of heady topics, including stem cells, urban parks, prison reform, vulnerable leadership, and, just for good measure, sex. While learning was the expected objective, this year what was more surprising were...
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The Grackles Century Ride for MS

Every year (for now 8 years) the Third Street Grackles fundraise for and ride in the Bike MS: Ride to the River , a two-day 157-mile bike ride that raises money for multiple sclerosis research and other services supported by the National MS Society. This year the ride was shortened a bit -- day two was canceled due to a bad weather front -- but day one was glorious enough on its own. And I was able to celebrate a little personal accomplishment: 100 miles was the longest I've ever ridden in a day by 70 miles! The Grackles have some phenomenal fundraisers--both helping the cause immensely and...
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Grackles Join Judge Nelson Wolff for Mission Reach Ride

Earlier this week, a number of the LFers joined Judge Nelson Wolff, of Bexar County, for an early morning ride to support the upcoming opening of the Mission Reach Trail south of town. Judge Wolff has led the county’s funding efforts for the River Improvements Project along the Mission Reach and was nice enough to invite us out for a quick spin on the trail. After reaching Padre Park, the group met up with a local news team to promote the official opening of the trail this weekend. An all-day opening ceremony party is planned for Saturday, October 5 th . There will be live music, food trucks...
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CoA lecture series opens with environmental architect William Braham

The UTSA College of Architecture (COA) and the American Institute of Architects San Antonio (AIA San Antonio) will present architect William Braham , FAIA, speaking on "Environmental Building Design: Thermodynamic Principles" at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (1.328) on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The lecture is the first in the COA Fall Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public. Braham is an award-winning expert on ecology, technology and design with more than 30 years of experience. In his lecture, he will examine the concept of...
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Sweet Angel Babies aka. the Lake Flatonians aka. Winning without Grace

For the last few weeks a group of Lake Flatonians have been representing the office in the fall season of Downtown Kickball in Hemisfair Park. On Tuesday night, we were matched up against the undefeated Southtown Deflatables. This game held particular importance to us because the opposing team poached Grace (pictured in sunglasses above) from us at the beginning of the season (we know, its hard when someone offers you a free t-shirt). In honor of the event we made t-shirts of our own that read: "Winning Without Grace." Despite some mild poking fun, both teams played with quite a lot of grace...
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Chicago in July

This July my wife Peggy and I spent a few days in the Chicago area. Most notable about our trip was a visit to a few museums, a delightful Italian Restaurant near Michigan Avenue and several Frank Lloyd prairie style houses in Oak Park. The highlight of the trip was a tour of the Frederick C. Robie House in Hyde Park. Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois, built in 1889 with a $5,000.00 loan from his former employer Louis Sullivan. Twenty-two years old at the time and married to Catherine Tobin, the Wrights raised 6 children in the home. The home and studio had many...
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The Lick List

Ever feel so compelled by the experience of a building that you felt the need to lick it just to have a more complete experience of it? Me neither- that is until I read "The Eyes of the skin" by Juhani Pallasamaa. This book convinced me to begin the practice of licking buildings that were of a particular caliber. For example, some of the buildings my tongue has had the privilege of tasting include but are not limited to; the Pantheon, The Duomo in Florence, Jubilee Church, the Campanile in Venice and many more. With every stroke of the tongue another building would join "The Lick List". With...
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Briscoe Western Art Museum Grand Opening

Come join the fun October 26 & 27, 2013. Yours truly David "I can paint like Remington" Lake and Matt "Sure you can David" Wallace will be presenting the design of the building. Time TBD.