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Life Drawing at Lake|Flato

Last week we had our first life-drawing class here at Lake|Flato! Starting with a longer 8 minute pose, we gradually worked our way down to 10 seconds. The goal of this kind of exercise is to capture the essence and overall gesture of what you see. Below is a sampling of the drawings folks created. We will be doing this every week, space and schedule permitting. Hope to see you next time!
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Not Just Another Pretty Car

Today at the office we bid a fond farewell to Cameron Smith's 1990 Oldsmobile 98 Regency. The car has been a fixture of retro-grouch coolness in the LF garage for the past seven years. As the car is now older than several of the office interns and the ac recently went out it is time to say goodbye to this flagship of the 1990 Oldsmobile lineup. Take the Farewell Olds Quiz after the images: 1. Cameron was how old when her parents brought the olds home new from the dealer? a. 11 b. 14 c. 25 2. Cameron uttered the following when she first laid eyes on the olds: a. "Awesome car; I love coat of...
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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.
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Field Report: SK Ranch

It's time to play matchy-matchy! Check out these side-by-side comparisons of concept renderings and construction photos for SK Ranch, located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Above: Approaching the Main House. Above: The entry walk to the Main House. Above: From entry, a gallery leads to the Great Room and view to the west beyond. Above: The spacious interior of the Great Room. Above: The kitchen with a breakfast table surrounded by wood slat screens. Above: A view towards the kitchen range wall and Outdoor Living Room beyond. Above: The Outdoor Living Room bridges between the public...
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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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New Employees Transform Pool Party into Abercrombie Ad

In recent years, the June event in the Papay's backyard has come to represent the official start of the Lake|Flato summer season. For those of us approaching middle age it also serves as an annual reminder of how bloated and hairy we are becoming.
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Longhorns Take Over

Good news! We have new arrivals in the form of three interns and one design architect. From the left: Sameer Rayyan joins us from the MArch program at the University of Virginia. After externing with us over the winter, he is back due to his enjoyment of Taco Truck Fridays. Projects like Hill Country Jacal also may have been reasons why he wanted to work with Lake|Flato. Unfortunately he is the odd one out in a group of UT Austin Longhorns. hook 'em horns \m/ Jacqueline Fisher is here for her BArch residency at the University of Texas and appreciates Lake|Flato's awareness of place and...