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San Antonio Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Wins Global Award for Excellence

14:00 - 26 November, 2016
San Antonio Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Wins Global Award for Excellence , © Andy Crawford
© Andy Crawford

Seattle-based firm LMN Architects have won an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Award for Excellence for its Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas. 

“Designed by LMN Architects in partnership with executive architects Marmon Mok Architecture, the $150 million expansion and renovation project embrace the multi-faceted cultural identity of the city with a distinctive tapestry of form, materiality, light, and landscape" stated Mark Reddington, FAIA, lead designer and partner at LMN Architects.

Completed in 2014, the project incorporates a metallic veil that wraps program elements in programmable LED lighting, in order to create a variable play of light on the city’s skyline.

© Andy Crawford © Andy Crawford © Andy Crawford © Mark Menjivar +11

Architecture Research Office Selected to Renovate Philip Johnson-Designed Rothko Chapel

16:00 - 24 October, 2016
© Chad Kleitsch
© Chad Kleitsch

New York’s Architecture Research Office (ARO) has been selected to lead in the renovation and master planning of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. The project aims to modernize and improve the renowned structure, which houses 14 monumental paintings by Mark Rothko in an interior space designed to meet the artist’s precise specifications, and its surrounding plaza and reflecting pool. The original building was largely designed by Rothko himself, with consult from a trio of architects including Philip Johnson.

Michael Maltzan Designs "Experimental" Arts Center at Rice University

16:20 - 12 August, 2016
Michael Maltzan Designs "Experimental" Arts Center at Rice University, North façade of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, TX. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.
North façade of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, TX. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.

Michael Maltzan Architecture has released new images of their design for the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University in Houston, Texas, coinciding with the announcement that the building will open to the public on February 24, 2017. The building is conceived as a multi-disciplinary lab for creativity, which will contain “an experimental platform for creating and presenting works in all disciplines” as well as a flexible teaching space and a forum to host partnerships with visiting national and international artists.

Northwest corner of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. Flexible Gallery at the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. Northwest corner detail of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, August 2016. Image © Geoff Winningham North façade of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Summer 2016. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. +8

Ennead Architects Reveals Designs for Engineering Center at University of Texas at Austin

16:15 - 15 July, 2016
Ennead Architects Reveals Designs for Engineering Center at University of Texas at Austin, Exterior. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Exterior. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has released images of the new Engineering Education and Research Center for the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering. Currently under construction, the 433,000 square foot (40,200 square meter) building will house undergraduate education, interdisciplinary graduate research and two distinct engineering departments, and will become a new hub of activity at the edge of campus. The design takes advantage of a unique section featuring stacked atrium and outdoor spaces to serve a variety of educational and public functions.

Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Exterior. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects +25

Open Call: Crowdus Street Design Competition

20:35 - 10 January, 2016
Open Call: Crowdus Street Design Competition

Deep Ellum developed in the late 1800s as a residential and commercial neighborhood on the east side of Downtown Dallas. The early 1900s flourished with industrial development, serving factory facilities for the Continental Gin Company and Henry Ford’s Model T. Deep Ellum’s real claim to fame was found in its music. By the 1920s, the neighborhood had become a hotbed for early jazz and blues musicians, hosting the likes of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, Texas Bill Day and Bessie Smith. Following WWII, the success of Deep Ellum started to fade. The ever-growing availability and use of the automobile

How Donald Judd's 100 Shimmering Aluminum Boxes Light Up the Chinati Foundation

09:30 - 24 November, 2015
How Donald Judd's 100 Shimmering Aluminum Boxes Light Up the Chinati Foundation, Donald Judd, 100 untitled works in mill aluminum, 1982-1986. 41 x 51 x 72 inches. Permanent collection, the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. Photo by Douglas Tuck, Judd Art. Image © Judd Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Donald Judd, 100 untitled works in mill aluminum, 1982-1986. 41 x 51 x 72 inches. Permanent collection, the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. Photo by Douglas Tuck, Judd Art. Image © Judd Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Completed in 1986, Donald Judd's 100 aluminum boxes offer one of the most exciting locations to study the grace of minimalism. His vision at Marfa in Texas has transformed a piece of military history into a peaceful and unique environment for art and architecture. Here, the shimmering material transcends the formal strictness of plain patterns and the narrow concepts of minimalism. The multiple reflections of light and space create an illusionary atmosphere beyond ascetic ideas.

Walk the Talk—Tour and Panel Discussion of "Missing Middle" Housing in Austin, TX

07:00 - 4 October, 2015
Walk the Talk—Tour and Panel Discussion of "Missing Middle" Housing in Austin, TX, Walk the Talk—A talk and tour about “missing middle” housing in Austin
Walk the Talk—A talk and tour about “missing middle” housing in Austin

Walk the Talk—A talk and tour for people interested in learning more about “missing middle” housing in Austin. Join us for a panel discussion and self-guided tour of "missing middle" housing types—such as duplexes, fourplexes, courtyard housing, and accessory dwelling units—in the Blackland and Cherrywood neighborhoods. Our expert panel represents varied perspectives on the subject. After a Q&A session, participants can easily bike or walk to the missing middle sites in the neighborhood. We welcome you to join the conversation!

David Adjaye Designs "Ruby City" for Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio

16:00 - 17 September, 2015
David Adjaye Designs "Ruby City" for Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio , Rendering of Linda Pace Foundation’s Ruby City in San Antonio, estimated to open 2018. Image © Adjaye Associates
Rendering of Linda Pace Foundation’s Ruby City in San Antonio, estimated to open 2018. Image © Adjaye Associates

The Linda Pace Foundation has unveiled plans for a new building designed by Adjaye Associates. Planned to open in San Antonio, Texas in 2018, "Ruby City" will house the Foundation's growing collection of contemporary art. The two-story structure, clad in "crimson-hued panels of precast concrete with glass aggregate," will be distinct with its "dramatic rooftop of sloping angles and skylights that rise to varying heights and echo cut-away spaces at the building’s base."

Symposium: "Modernism" / Dallas Architecture Forum

07:00 - 31 August, 2015
Symposium: "Modernism" / Dallas Architecture Forum, Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra, 1947. Renovated by Leo Marmol, Marmol Radziner, the featured speaker at the "Modernism" Symposium
Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra, 1947. Renovated by Leo Marmol, Marmol Radziner, the featured speaker at the "Modernism" Symposium

Leo Marmol is one of the world’s leading authorities in the restoration of iconic Mid-Century Modern and International style residences, including the Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra in Palm Springs, considered one of the most important residences of the 20th Century. His firm also incorporates those timeless concepts into new architecture, including product design exemplifying these design elements. Marmol will overview his firm’s landmark restoration projects, and discuss how the firm integrates Mid-Century design elements into their new construction and pre-fab projects, producing award-winning residences.

Infographic: The History and Future of Solar Energy in the US

14:00 - 30 August, 2015
Infographic: The History and Future of Solar Energy in the US, Courtesy of New Jersey Institute of Technology
Courtesy of New Jersey Institute of Technology

Texas and clean energy are hardly considered synonymous. However, as uncovered by a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Texas has emerged as an unexpected leader in solar power, with $1 billion now being invested in solar energy infrastructure with an aim to produce up to 12,500 megawatts of solar electricity by 2029. To mark this important moment in US energy production, the New Jersey Institute of Technology has produced this infographic revealing the benefits (and drawbacks) of solar energy for the average American consumer, including everything from the history of solar energy to incentives available for solar systems nationwide. Read on to view the infographic in full.

Santiago Calatrava Tops Out on Dallas' Margaret McDermott Bridge

14:00 - 25 August, 2015
Santiago Calatrava Tops Out on Dallas' Margaret McDermott Bridge, © Santiago Calatrava
© Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava has topped out on his second Dallas bridge - the Margaret McDermott Bridge - two years after completing the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The steel arch, reaching a height of 275 feet, is the first of two that will support the 1311-foot-long bridge that is intended to provide access to pedestrians, bicyclists and cars over the Trinity River. The $113 million bridge is part of the massive $798 million Dallas Horseshoe Project that aims to alleviate traffic and enhance accessibility downtown. It is scheduled to complete by the summer of 2017. 

Kengo Kuma Breaks Ground on Luxury Rolex Tower in Dallas

12:41 - 12 August, 2015
Kengo Kuma Breaks Ground on Luxury Rolex Tower in Dallas, © Harwood International via Dezeen
© Harwood International via Dezeen

Kengo Kuma & Associates and developer Harwood International have broken ground on a twisted, seven-story tower for Rolex in Dallas' Uptown district. The luxury watchmaker intends on using the 136,857-square-foot building as a new office space. It will rise adjacent to Rolex's original building on Harwood Street that was built in 1984.

According to Kuma, the building "fuses nature and architecture," and will feature a tiered Japanese-inspired garden. 

For the Highest Density of Design Excellence, Visit Dallas

00:00 - 8 February, 2015
For the Highest Density of Design Excellence, Visit Dallas, The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Since the construction of the first high-rise, it seems architectural merit has been weighed most heavily by a building's height. However, Kriston Capps of CityLab notes in his article "For the Best U.S. Architecture Per Square Mile, Head to Dallas" that the concentration of buildings by award-winning and internationally-renowned architects can also put cities on the architectural map. Although Chicago and New York may have taller skylines, he argues, in terms of stellar design density, Dallas can't be beat. Read the full article, here.

A First Look at Omniplan's Proposed Dallas Holocaust Museum

00:00 - 18 January, 2015
A First Look at Omniplan's Proposed Dallas Holocaust Museum , © Dallas Holocaust Museum / Omniplan
© Dallas Holocaust Museum / Omniplan

The Dallas Holocaust Museum and Center for Education and Tolerance has officially gone public with plans to build a new permanent home in the city’s West End, across from the museum’s current location. Preliminary designs, by Texas-based Omniplan Architects, indicate a modest concrete and weathered steel structure with expanded galleries that would be built on parcel bound by Ross Avenue, Houston Street and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit light. 

Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts Reveals Expansion Plans with Buildings by Steven Holl and Lake|Flato

00:00 - 16 January, 2015
Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts Reveals Expansion Plans with Buildings by Steven Holl and Lake|Flato, The Fayez S. Sarofim Campus. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
The Fayez S. Sarofim Campus. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) has released plans for an ambitious $450 million expansion that will transform it into one of the largest art campuses in the US. The 14-acre masterplan will include three new buildings - one by Texas-based Lake|Flato Architects and two others by museum aficionado Steven Holl Architects - connected by a pedestrianized landscape of reflecting pools and gardens. 

The first scheduled to break ground (this year) is the Steven Holl-designed, 80,000-square-foot new home for the Glassell School of Art. The L-shaped, pre-cast concrete structure will, as MFAH describes, pride itself as an extension of the campus landscape, featuring a stepped amphitheater that leads up to a walkable, trellised roof garden.

The Glassell School of Art. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects The Glassell School of Art. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation. Image © Lake|Flato Architects The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects +13

Humorous Short Stories About Austin's Madcap Growth

00:00 - 17 December, 2014
Humorous Short Stories About Austin's Madcap Growth, Courtesy of davidheymannauthor.com
Courtesy of davidheymannauthor.com

Award-winning architect, writer, and professor David Heymann has just released his first work of fiction: My Beautiful City Austin. Composed of seven humorous tales, the stories document the misadventures of a young architect in Austin and his accidental involvement in the slow decimation of his city’s charms. Unable to deter his clients from their poor choices, the well-intentioned designer finds himself complicit. Using fiction, Heymann paints a sharply dynamic picture of the architectural consequences of Austin’s rapid growth and “rediscovered allure.” Check out the book, here.

Arthur Andersson on Timeless Materials & Building "Ruins"

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Tower House . Image © Art Gray
Tower House . Image © Art Gray

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural  in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Arthur Andersson of Andersson-Wise Architects wants to build ruins. He wants things to be timeless - to look good now and 2000 years from now. He wants buildings to fit within a place and time. To do that he has a various set of philosophies, processes and some great influences. Read our full in-depth interview with Mr. Andersson, another revolutionary "Material Mind," after the break. 

Tower House . Image © Art Gray Tower House . Image © Art Gray Tower House . Image © Art Gray Stone Creek Camp. Image © Art Gray +15

Rice Selects Diller Scofidio & Renfro to Design Opera House

00:00 - 21 March, 2014
Rice Selects Diller Scofidio & Renfro to Design Opera House, Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center / Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects with FXFOWLE (Click image for more). Image © Iwan Baan
Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center / Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects with FXFOWLE (Click image for more). Image © Iwan Baan

Rice University has commissioned Diller Scofidio & Renfro to transform an existing parking lot between Alice Pratt Brown Hall, the home of Rice's Shepherd School of Music, and Rice Stadium into a 600-seat opera theater. Charles Renfro, a 1989 Rice graduate and the project’s lead architect, stated: "It feels really natural in a lot of ways to be returning to campus, a place I've spent so much time and love so much." Completion is scheduled for 2018.