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GUEST POST: FORMER LF’ER PUBLISHES BOOK ON CENTRAL TEXAS COURTHOUSES

One of the things I have always appreciated about the work of Lake|Flato is their deep respect for vernacular buildings. Sure there are plenty of lessons offered by the monuments of great architecture from around the world, but there is also lots to learn form the more modest buildings in our own backyard of Texas. Of course, not all Texas buildings are humble. County courthouses, for example, were designed as architectural celebrations of their communities. The values expressed by these buildings align closely with those of Lake|Flato - they use a palette of regional materials to create...
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LF SAYS GOODBYE TO INTERN JORDAN TSAI

LF will miss our Jack-of-all-Trades-Jordan. Known for his late night creativity that often kept him up into the wee hours and made him rush in at 11 a.m., Jordan had no shortage of energy to offer towards any task. In addition to helping build models or work on miscellaneous tasks for multiple other projects around the office, Jordan’s time was spent accompanying our Confluence Park team in the design of a unique pavilion that challenged Lake|Flato to charter into new territories. His exploratory spirit, strong work ethic and creative energy will take him far – no matter what time of day they...
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Sustainability Conferences of 2015

Remaining active in sustainability discussions is an important part of what we do at Lake | Flato. Conferences offer the chance for invested community members to learn, share, mingle and feel inspired. Here's a summary of the conferences attended by LFers this year. Net Positive Energy + Water Conference This January, Jennifer Young attended the Net Positive Energy + Water Conference in San Francisco put on by the International Living Future Institute. Some of the highlights were touring David Baker Architects' Zero Cottage and hearing a lecture by the inspirational Bill Reed. One of the...
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Lick List: Seattle/Portland

A few weeks ago Sarah and I decided to visit the Northwest to meet up with some graduated Lake|Flato’ers and explore the landscapes and architecture of Seattle and Portland. Along the way a few buildings joined the highly coveted Lick List! First stop was Seattle where we met up with Sierra who is now working at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and getting ready to release their latest houses book! We got a tour around the office and got to see some beautiful models, drawings and amazing views from their studio space of the city and waters below. Ballard Public Library The Ballard Public Library by...
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RAND EMBARKS ON A NEW ODYSSEY

I’ve learned a lot from Rand the last 4 years here at Lake | Flato. At the surface, you’d think that he’s just really interested in architecture, but it’s more – he’s an adventurer and inspiration junkie, searching for truth. It’s hard to have a conversation with him and not get psyched about a new idea, concept, trip, etc… a beer after work with Rand was usually the opposite of unwinding – conversations often aimed towards gearing up – there’s good work to be done, to see, to learn from, and we have to be ready. This attitude dissipates pretty easily when in the daily grind. So with that – I...
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NERD TRAIN - PART TWO

Sunday, May 31st, the historically appreciative "Nerd Train" took an impromptu trip south down the river. LFer's Ben Hartigan, Ty Reece and myself eventually biked all the way down Mission Reach, stopping at Mission San Juan and finally Mission Espada. The weather had cooled and droves of people were all along the river enjoying their Sunday afternoon. Mission San Juan is the 4th mission along the river (starting from the Alamo and going south) and was founded in the early 1700's. It is smaller in scale than Mission San Jose (visited by the Nerd Train last summer http://www.lakeflatodogrun...
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B4B is back!

What better way to start off a Friday than with waffles, polka music and reducing our carbon emissions? Our first Bike4Breakfast of the year was a success with the seasonal appearance of the always popular nectarine! Why is bicycle commuting so important? Here is a quick comparison of building energy to commuting energy: • The typical office building uses 80kBtu/sf/yr (Ours uses 100kBtu/sf/yr), and office buildings usually work out to 1 employee per 300sf (ours is 125sf). Here we use about 12,500 kBtu/employee/yr. If we were to make our office 50% more efficient, we would save ~6,000 kBtu/...
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BETTER KNOW AN LF'ER: SUNNIE DIAZ

Sunnie always shines bright. Whether she offers a cheerful good morning or late in the evening tells you goodnight after a busy day at the office, her energy and cheerful personality always shines through. My little Cajun sister Sunnie. I’m not sure if her parents saw it at birth or if they did it like some Indian tribes and waited to see her personality develop before naming her – however they arrived at her name: they nailed it. From the first day I met Sunnie at lunch during her interview, I realized her name matched her personality perfectly. In the short time Sunnie has been in our...
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A REVIEW OF HEYMANN'S MY BEAUTIFUL CITY AUSTIN

As an architect, I have an appreciation for the role that climate, culture, and landscape play in the making of cities, and, through this lens, I enjoy discovering what makes places special. David Heymann , an architect and professor at the University of Texas, in his short but well written My Beautiful City Austin , leverages this unique architectural perspective to deliver a nice portrait of the city. In his contemporary fictional narrative, told through the eyes of a thoughtful young residential architect who is trying desperately to “do the right thing” in the rapidly sprawling and...
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Trail toward Transparency: the process

Of the 20 imperatives of the Living Building Challenge, the two that we found to be most difficult were Red List and Appropriate Sourcing. Following up on our recent publication of the material matrix for the Josey Pavilion , here’s a look at how we tackled these two challenges. Imperative 11: Red List The Red List contains 13 chemicals that should not exist in the built environment and are not permitted anywhere in a living building. Some chemicals on the list, Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and asbestos, were easy to avoid as they have been phased out of the material economy through regulation...

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