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Natural Ventilation Basics

Natural ventilation is a great strategy for thermal comfort and saving energy in a lot of the climates we work in. We have compiled some tips for how to design for optimum natural ventilation.
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Better Know an LF Project: Cross Timbers Ranch

The Project: Cross Timbers Ranch Location : Lipan, Texas Project Team: Bill Aylor , Ted Flato , Nate Campbell, Ryan Jones, Trey Rabke ANSWERS BY BILL AYLOR Job Origin: From reputation - books and magazines. Completion Date: 2007 Program: Retreat for both family and corporate gatherings for a great client. LF Scope: Full Services - Concept, Construction Documents and Construction Administration The Crux of the Design: Create a compound of structures that function well individually and as a whole. Favorite Detail: The shot put counterweights on the wine cellar door. Design Team Challenge: The...
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Pecha Kucha: Jennifer Young and Jonathan Smith

For those of you that missed their presentations at PechaKucha San Antonio back in November, Jennifer Young presented her exquisite jewelry designs and Jonathan Smith teamed up with Express News reporter Colin McDonald to relive their 150-mile trek through the Chihuahuan Desert. Watch below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YkHZOnljEU0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjXLl4DL8Eo&feature=player_embedded Watch other PechaKucha San Antonio videos here .
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Texas Monthly Object Lesson

Pretty fun feature in the March issue of Texas Monthly on David Lake and Ted Flato's personal office space. Could you pack anything more on this desk!!? If you dont' want to squint, read the transcript here .
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Digital Pin-Up: Urban Ecology Center at Hardberger

The Urban Ecology Center is a visitor center and event facility for Phil Hardberger Park in San Antonio. In collaboration with landscape architects Stephen Stimson & Associates and Rialto Studio, the buildings' architecture and its surrounding landscape perform in concert to teach strategies for sustainable water usage and collection as well as demonstrate alternatives to surface water drainage. This strategy includes collecting rain water from roof areas for plant irrigation, harvesting air conditioning condensate, and allowing surface water runoff to filter into the ground. The program...
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Notes from TEDxAustin 2012

This past Saturday, I attended the annual TEDxAustin 2012 conference, and while I was initially put off by the application process (it's pretty rare in my book to curate an audience), I was BLOWN AWAY by the bold ideas and positive energy that surrounded me. TED is the exclusive organization that celebrates "Ideas Worth Spreading", whose viral videos understandably set my expectations high for this regional event. Adding to the mystery, TEDxAustin chooses not to reveal its speakers until the day of, so I literally had no idea what to expect. Since I filled out the application and moved on, I...
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Craft Call: Reznikoff Custom Furniture

Residence for Art pantry - quarter sawn white oak (Project Designer: Lake | Flato Architects) “We make furniture, not cabinets” is a frequent Mike Reznikoff quote. His first appearance with LF was on the Lasater House in Fort Worth working with Karla and Ted. After more than 20 years he still returns to apply oil and refinish the wood. Bartlit was next (ask him about his warped walnut counter top) followed by the Residence for Art, Lake Austin Residence, and the Armstrong Residence. The SK Ranch is his first project in some time with LF. His estimates are influenced by proximity of the...
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Field Report: River Bench Residence

Welcome to the inaugural post of our new Dogrun series, "Field Report". This series explores issues relating to construction progress and site visits. We hope it provides another insight into the process of what we do. Here's a fun snapshot of the River Bench Residence, currently under construction in South Dakota. These comparison images match a concept rendering to built reality. Shout out to our contractor The Construction Zone for their incredible work! (ABOVE) View from entry drive (renderings at the top compare spring and winter) View towards Entry Porch View at Entry Porch View towards...
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L|F Chosen for UTEP Campus Transformation

The University of Texas at El Paso announces that it has commissioned two award-winning Texas firms to help with the designs and cost estimates of several projects tied to UTEP’s transformation to a more pedestrian-friendly campus in time for its Centennial Celebration in 2014. Lake/Flato Architects of San Antonio and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects (TELA) of Austin were contracted to develop conceptual images and statements of probable costs for six areas: Memorial Triangle, Leech Grove, Circle Drive (between Old Main and the Psychology Building), the arroyo, the courtyard behind the Physical...
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Love is in the Air

The lovely ladies of Lake|Flato Architects wish you a wonderful Valentines Day!