The concept of territorial architecture is a topic that questions various strategic understandings of complex site systems defined by conceptual ideologies, environmental implications, and identification of emerging phenomenal underlying patterns.
Borrowing influences from Zaha Hadid’s dramatic early paintings, the constructed landscapes of CJ Lim, and the writings by Sanford Kwinter, these investigations by Haecceitas Studio attempt to construct a series of methods, which will reveal the haecceity of multivalent landscapes. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Rice University’s School of Architecture shared with us their current lecture series that started on September 1st and runs until November 17th. Each year, the Rice School of Architecture pulls big names in the architecture world to its lecture series. This year’s main topic is JUDGEMENT in Architecture, with Neil Denari and Ben van Berkel on the list to speak among others. More information on the series after the break.
Since 1990, the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture has been guiding students through their Graduate Design-Build Studio program, which carries out one built project through all phases of design and construction to completion within one Summer. This year, the GDBS has designed their latest “Solar Shade Tree” on the grounds of McReynolds Middle School in Houston’s historic 5th Ward neighborhood.
Architect of Record: Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects
Project Location: Palo Pinto County, Texas, USA
Project Team: Maurice Jennings, Walter Jennings, Lori Yazwinski Santa-Rita, David Pullium
Consultants: HP Engineering (MEP), Myers-Beatty Engineering (Structural)
Project Area: 1,080 square feet
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Walter Jennings
Court Houses are the result of Faye and Walker Architecture + Construction‘s desire to increase density within the urban core of Austin. Instead of building one single family residence on a city lot, Faye and Walker Architecture + Construction built two. The lot is on a corner, which provided separate points of access. The surrounding neighborhood context is a mixture of residential projects and city and private development infrastructure. This infrastructure, located across each street forming the corner, informed a courtyard design for the houses as a way to mitigate their presence and provide a private refuge. Formally each house is an L, opposing one another to create a perimeter boundary surrounding an internal courtyard.
Architect: Faye and Walker Architecture + Construction
Location: 802 Cardinal Lane Austin, Texas, USA
Project Architect: Sean Guess AIA
General Contractor: Faye and Walker Architecture + Construction
Project Area: 2001 sqf each unit
Project Year: 2011
Photography: Sean Guess
Each year the Texas Society of Architects recognizes a building that was completed 25-50 years ago which they believe has “stood the test of time by retaining its central form, character, and overall architectural integrity”. This year, the prestigious honor is awarded to Fountain Place, designed by Henry Cobb of I. M. Pei & Partners and completed back in 1986 in Dallas, Texas.
School of Nursing and Student Community Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston / Lake|Flato Architects and BNIM Architects
Architect: BNIM Architects, Lake|Flato Architects
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Project Team: Steve McDowell, FAIA; Kimberly Hickson, AIA; Chris Koon, AIA; David Immenschuh; David Lake, FAIA; Greg Papay, AIA; Kenny Brown
Consultants: BNIM Architects, Jaster Quintanilla & Associates, Carter Burgess, Inc., Ferguson Consulting, Inc., Supersymmetry, Clanton Associates, Epsilon Engineering, Walter P. Moore, Coleman & Associates, Apex Busby, Rolf Jenson & Associates, Philo & Wilke Architects, Arup, Pelton Marsh Kinsella, Worrell Design Group, Lerch Bates & Associates, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, Rocky Mountain Institute, Elements
Contractor: Jacobs/VaughnGreg Papay, FAIA
Project Area: 18,023 sqm
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: Hester + Hardaway
Oak Forest Library / Natalye Appel + Associates Architects with Architect Works, Inc. and James Ray Architects
Architect: Natalye Appel + Associates Architects, Architect Works, Inc., James Ray Architects
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Project Team: Natyle Appel, FAIA, Donna Kacmar, FAIA, James Ray, AIA, Alan Creech, AIA, Stuart Smith, AIA
Project Area: 1,115 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Natalye Appel + Associate Architects
This project comes from one of today’s leading figures in landscape architecture. Hargreaves Associates have designed landscapes that accompany many of buildings we have previously featured. Their design philosophy centers on connection; the connection between culture and the environment, and between the land and its people. The Discovery Green design in Houston, Texas exemplifies this philosophy.
The revitalization of America’s urban cores and swift increase in residential populations has intensified and diversified programmatic demands on urban parks. Discovery Green embraces this trend by overlaying an extremely high density of programming in creative ways that allow the park to perform as a living fabric of activities and experiences as diverse as Houston’s population. The twelve-acre park has transformed the perception and experience of downtown while seeding the revitalization of the surrounding urban district.
Architect: Hargreaves Associates, Inc.
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Architects: Page Southerland Page
Artists: Doug Hollis, Margo Sawyer
Local Landscape Architects: Lauren Griffiths Associates
Fountains: Dan Euser Waterarchitecture
Photographs: Courtesy of Hargreaves Associates