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Destination: Lake Flato

There is always some portion of my brain that is constantly spinning, trying to find opportunities for a good road trip. So after I accepted the job at Lake|Flato, my first thought was, which route are we going to drive? We did the first few hours of the drive on I-5 through California. But after hooking off around Bakersfield, we were not going to see another interstate until I-10 in Texas. I've always loved this drive through the Mojave Desert, nothing for miles. Meet my travel companion, Anya, a friend from SF who I convinced to tag along for the drive (she flew back when we got to Texas...
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Oklahoma's May Tornadoes

I recently took a trip home and visited some of the sites that were devastated by May's round of tornadoes. The most talked about tornado struck Moore May 20th, moving about 200 miles per hour and spanning 1.3 miles wide. The day before, a tornado touched ground in Shawnee. May 30th and 31st experienced another round of tornadoes which hit Broken Arrow, El Reno and Oklahoma City. The El Reno tornado was moving at 300 miles per hour and was 2.6 miles wide - the widest tornado recorded in U.S. history. It is a surreal experience to walk around the aftermath of these huge storms. The disaster...
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Midnight in Mexico

The San Antonio Book Festival and the Library Foundation will host Alfredo Corchado, author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness next Monday, June 24 . The event will be a discussion led by Corchado and author of Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club , Benjamin Alire Saenz. The event will be held at the Central Library on 600 Soledad. Reception and book sales start at 6:00pm, followed by the program at 6:30pm. It is free and open to the public. About the Author: Alfredo Corchado , Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News , is a...
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Cradle of Liberty Inspiration

Recently the library team visited our joint venture partner Shepley Bulfinch's office in Boston. When not hard at work on the Austin Public Library we were able to briefly take in some of Boston including the MIT chapel, Boston Public Library, and Fenway. MIT Chapel Harry Bertoia Sculpture MIT Chapel alter and brick details MIT Chapel brick and glass details Boston Public Library reading room Plaque to Charles McKim in the Boston Library Fenway David Cordell Lake FAIA taking in the ballgame at Fenway
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Arne Quinze : Recent Work

Belgian artist Arne Quinze will be lecturing at the San Antonio Museum of Art on Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm, discussing his body of work and his new connection to our city. Quinze creates large-scale installations that promote and provoke interaction and social activity in public environments. The lecture is brought to you by SAMA and the San Antonio River Foundation. Click here for more information.
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Reinvigorating Our Coastline

The Texas Coast is no stranger to the beatings of nature. The warm, shallow waters of the Gulf Coast make it primal territory for hurricanes to form and gain power. While the most recent coastal devastation was Hurricane Ike in 2008, rebuilding towns can take a decade or more. What Texans have seen instead is an increase in tropical storms and hurricanes, fickle industries, and a an abandonment of coastal areas. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center, there were 21 documented hurricanes in the Gulf during the 20th century. In the first ten...
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Smitty's Market BBQ

A group from the office recently ventured 70 miles North East of San Antonio to Lockhart to eat the legendary BBQ at Smitty’s Market and to take in the unique atmosphere and intoxicating smoke. In this part of Texas BBQ joints make up part of the vernacular trinity of community buildings, the other two being dancehalls and icehouses. These buildings speak to their individual community’s values, traditions, and history in a unique and authentic way that the areas churches and courthouses do not. As for the food the pork ribs and the pork chops were universally recommended by our group. Smitty’...
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Sky Space

If you are in Houston, make sure you make the trip over to Rice University's campus for James Turrell's Twilight Epiphany Skyspace . I was fortunate enough to make it over while visiting Houston on a project visit and was able to capture some of the show and see the structure's design, which was quite fantastic. The architects were Thomas Phifer and Partners in conjunction with James Turrell and Linebeck. I encourage any interested to reserve a spot through the website .
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PechaKucha San Antonio V10 - Tuesday May 28, 2013

The TENTH PechaKucha is coming up: Tuesday, May 28th at a brand new venue: the Texas A&M University-San Antonio Educational and Cultural Arts Center <-- that's the former Museo Alameda! While there is no official theme for this event, several of the presenters will discuss issues of urban renewal, and it all works nicely with our event location being prime downtown and on a Downtown Tuesday no less. (read: free parking) It's a fantastic lineup: Mark and Angela Walley - Filmmakers Josh Levine - Entrepreneur Diego Bernal - City Councilman-Musician Killis Almond FAIA - Architect Kathleen...
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Paris, Spring 2013

Matt and I recently got back from a trip to Paris where I got to play for a whopping ten days. Some folks here have asked for some recommendations, so here’s a roundup of places that I loved seeing – the list is split between tourist sightseeing and local highlights. If Paris is a little too far away for you, we went to a few places that, believe it or not, reminded us of San Antonio (I know). So wherever you are, grab a baguette (or taco) and put on those rose-colored glasses. GO TOURIST: In 2012 the Palais de Tokyo expanded to become the largest non-collecting contemporary art space in...