CELEBRATING THE FUTURE OF BATTLE HALL
LAURA BUSH CHAIRS FUNDRAISING EFFORT
Top: Tony Chase, Dina Alsowayel, Johnnie Beatrice Van Dyke, Laura Bush, Brenda Peters Chase, John Chase Jr., Drucie Chase, Saundria Chase Gray, and Jerome Gray.
Bottom: School of Architecture Dean Fritz Steiner, Mrs. Laura Bush, Vice Provost and Director of UT Libraries Fred Heath.
Photos by Marsha Miller. Click images to view larger.
On April 16, the School of Architecture and the Architecture and Planning Library welcomed former First Lady Laura Bush [MLS '73] to a luncheon in Battle Hall. [Mrs. Bush is a 1973 graduate of the Graduate School of Library and Information, now known as the School of Information, and a 2012 recipient of the Texas Exes Distinguished Alumnus Award.] The occasion was to launch a fundraising effort for preservation and improvements to Battle Hall and an expansion to the West Mall Office Building to be named after John S. Chase, FAIA [M.Arch. '52], the first African-American to enroll at the University of Texas and the first African-American registered architect in Texas. Mrs. Bush has graciously offered to serve as honorary chair for the fundraising effort.
Before the luncheon, Dean Fritz Steiner, Vice Provost and Director of UT Libraries Fred Heath, and Architecture and Planning Librarian Beth Dodd led Mrs. Bush and guests on an extensive tour of Battle Hall's reading room, stacks, special collections, and highlights of the Alexander Architectural Archive. After touring Battle Hall, the group visited the site of the proposed John S. Chase addition on Inner Campus Drive, which currently serves as a parking lot and loading dock for the U.S. Post Office in the West Mall Office Building. The tour concluded with a visit to the University Co-op Materials Lab and the Center for Sustainable Development in the West Mall Office Building, which will also be renovated as part of this project.
In opening the luncheon, Dr. Heath noted, "For more than a century now, this grand building has provided a home for many important aspects of university life, always including a library function. For many years now, I've felt that librarians and architects share a Renaissance perspective, that is an acceptance of the responsibility to think holistically about the human condition. And for a good many years now, the Architecture and Planning Library staff have enjoyed just such a relationship with our good friends and colleagues in the School of Architecture."
Dean Steiner thanked Mrs. Bush for her service and commitment to this project, noting that her "enthusiasm for Battle Hall comes from a commitment to history, an appreciation for architecture, a devotion to Texas, a love of libraries, and a fondness for this university."
"Everything that I'm interested in converges here," said Mrs. Bush. "My dad was a builder, I'm a proud graduate of the Library School, and my home was designed by a School of Architecture faculty member. I'm thrilled to be involved and help show the world how we value the history of this building and all that it means to us as Texans."
At the conclusion of the luncheon, Mrs. Bush and guests were presented with a special memento, a book of impressive photographs taken by fourth-year architecture student Nathan Sheppard, who is also a student employee of the Architecture and Planning Library. The photos were made as part of a project in Professor David Heymann's seminar, "Digital Photography: Architectural Potential." [Heymann designed President and Mrs. Bush's ranch house in Crawford, Texas, a model of sustainable design.]
This event formally launched a fundraising initiative for a very important project in the life of the school and the university. This is the first phase of an extensive capital improvement project, and further announcements will follow as plans develop. If you are interested in supporting UTSOA's effort to make this project a reality, contact the school's director of development, Luke Dunlap, at email@example.com.
BARTLETT COCKE SR. SCHOLARSHIP
Left to right: Sophia Monahon, Justin Ford, Steven Moore, Bartlett Cocke Jr., Lydia Kenselaar, Samantha Gutteridge, Sam Gelfand, Betsy Frederick-Rothwell, and Fritz Steiner.
Since 1990, the Bartlett Cocke, Sr., Scholarship has provided financial support to graduate students for the advanced study of architecture.
This year, five students in the School of Architecture received the scholarships: Sophia Monahon, Justin Ford, Lydia Kenselaar, Samantha Gutteridge, and Betsy Frederick-Rothwell.
On April 15, the students enjoyed lunch with Bartlett Cocke, Jr. [B.B.A. '53] and Steven Moore, Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor in Architecture, along with Dean Fritz Steiner, Director of Development and External Relations Luke Dunlap, and Assistant Director for Constituent and Alumni Relations Lisa DeLosso. Graduate student Sam Gelfand was also invited to participate in this luncheon for his work with Professor Moore.
2014 OGLESBY PRIZE
Graduate architecture student David Schneider has been awarded the UT Austin School of Architecture's 2014 Oglesby Prize. This traveling fellowship is based upon merit in architectural design and is awarded annually to one graduating bachelor or master of architecture student.
The Oglesby Prize Endowment is generously supported by the Oglesby family in honor of the late Dallas architect Enslie "Bud" Oglesby. Oglesby himself had received a prize upon graduation that enabled him to spend a year in Scandinavia. He believed that traveling profoundly influenced his understanding of the world and of architecture.
BOONE POWELL FAMILY PRIZE IN URBAN DESIGN
Clare van Montfrans.
Congratulations to this year's winner of the Boone Powell Family Prize in Urban Design, graduate architecture student Clare van Montfrans. The award, based on merit in urban design, is given annually to a nominated non-graduating student—either an undergraduate or graduate—in architecture, landscape architecture, community and regional planning, or urban design.
The Boone Powell Family Prize in Urban Design is generously supported by the Powell family and brings together a shared family commitment to urbanism and to learning through travel. Boone Powell [B.Arch. '56] and his daughters,
Laura Powell [M.S.C.R.P. '95] and Leilah Powell [M.S.C.R.P. '96], are alumni of the school.
Boone Powell noted, "The educational opportunities offered by The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture have benefitted all three of us, shaping our careers as planners, architects, and advocates of a better urban environment."
2014 TEXAS ASLA STUDENT AWARDS
Congratulations to three teams of UTSOA students that have won 2014 awards from the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
"Acequia: Channels for Learning" by Rachel Duggan, Justin Fleury, Lydia Kenselaar, and William Niendorff.
A team from Associate Professor Allan Shearer's third-semester landscape architecture studio won a Texas ASLA Honor Award in the category of Analysis and Planning. The project reimagines the Waller Creek corridor on the UT Austin campus.
"Acequia: Channels for Learning"
Project statement: "Acequia: Channels for Learning" reimagines the Waller Creek corridor on The University of Texas at Austin campus as both an ecological and educational resource. Inspired by the ancient practice of acequia making, the design fuses key concepts of water management and experiential education in order to connect ecological habitats, create outdoor rooms, and conduct the flow of water and people as they move through the site. This enhanced creek system utilizes a network of bioswales and rain gardens that slow and clean 12.65 acres of water runoff. Rainwater and HVAC condensate are captured and channeled into a distributed network of underground storage basins capable of collecting 25 million gallons annually—sufficient to irrigate all existing and proposed vegetation. A series of outdoor rooms become opportunities for learning about and engaging with the creek's unique ecology, and research stations along the Urban Creek Lab path serve as data collection and observation points that allow for continued study and conservation of the site.
"Markings: Process and Pattern for Disposition in the Lost Pines" by Kimberly Harding and Yinrui Li. Click image to view larger.
A team from Associate Professor Jason Sowell's fourth-semester landscape architecture studio won a Texas ASLA Merit Award in the category of General Design. The project envisions the cemetery as ex-urban green infrastructure.
"Markings: Process and Pattern for Disposition in the Lost Pines"
Project statement: In death, we become substance; carbon, nitrogen, substance of the land. This cemetery returns that substance to the land. Disposition practices that re-integrate body and bone into biogeochemical cycles amplify regrowth and regeneration following a devastating wildfire in the Bastrop Lost Pines ecoregion of Texas.
The process of returning bodies to the land marks the land, and in doing so, shapes places for the living. MARKINGS are strong field conditions that fulfill the traditional role of "marker" in burial practice. Atmosphere is privileged over artifice as a means by which the dead are marked. Dam, Mound, Furrow, Embed, Scatter: each a process and a pattern by which the dead make this forest a place. Each a ceremony, and a forest management practice during which this forest becomes a place. This cemetery is about how a unique set of processes ties to place.
This of view death and disposition situates itself within a growing movement away from unsustainable burial practices and towards the cemetery as ex-urban green infrastructure for the Texas Triangle megaregion. Markings is about marking with place, and the character of a biophysical landscape amplified by the dead.
"Toward Succession: Peoria's New Ground" by Michael Steinlage. Click image to view larger.
A student from Associate Professor Hope H. Hasbrouck's advanced landscape architecture studio won a Texas ASLA Merit Award in the category of Analysis and Planning. The project examined future wilding in Rustbelt cities.
"Toward Succession: Peoria's New Ground"
Project statement: The studio examined seven Rustbelt cites, and proposed strategies based on landscape systems and regional geography for future wilding as the result of lowering urban density and changing land uses. This project for Peoria, Illinois, focused on sites of abandoned industry, compromised ecosystems services, and ecosystem service erasure. The design of both a wild (urban forest) and a cultivated garden, whose measure and program as places of "deviant" behavior and surreality, emerged directly from the analysis of the site, its adjacencies, and the peer review literature on strategies for "smart decline."
The awards were announced and presented at the Texas ASLA Conference, held April 2 through 4 in San Antonio.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: ARCHITECTURAL POTENTIAL
Nathan Sheppard and Mrs. Laura Bush. Photo by David Heymann.
Architecture and Planning Library Reading Room, Battle Hall. Photo by Nathan Sheppard. Click images to view larger.
Students in Professor David Heymann's spring 2014 seminar, "Digital Photography: Architectural Potential," were asked to photograph a campus building in a manner that communicated the architect's intent. For this assignment, each photograph was created by stitching together multiple images and multiple exposures, trying to close the gap between what the camera records, and what the eye and mind see.
Photographs of Battle Hall, taken by undergraduate architecture student Nathan Sheppard, were selected for compilation in a booklet created for a launch event and fundraising effort for preservation and improvements to the 1911 Neoclassic building and an expansion to the West Mall Office Building to be named after John S. Chase, FAIA [M.Arch. '52].
BEAUX ARTS BALL 04.19.2014
The Undergraduate Architecture Student Council and American Institute of Architecture Students are pleased to announce the 2014 Beaux Arts Ball will be held on April 19.
The organizers are excited for faculty and alumni to share the evening with the student body. The theme is "Pantone Parti," so come in your most creative palette!
Pantone Parti – Beaux Arts Ball
Gallery Black Lagoon
4301 Guadelupe Street
April 19, 2014
9:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Beaux Arts Ball is an annual event hosted by student groups at the School of Architecture.
CRP POSTER RECEIVES FIRST PLACE
"Cascading Events: Corpus Christi" poster by Tom Hilde, Nicole Joslin, and Sarah Kobites. Click image to view larger.
Tom Hilde, Nicole Joslin, and Sarah Kobites, community and regional planning students in Associate Professor Robert Paterson's fall 2013 "Disaster Resilient Cities" class, received first place for their poster at the Planning for Disaster Resilience Symposium at Texas A&M University, held on Saturday, April 5, 2014.
"Cascading Events: Corpus Christi" addresses cascading events triggered by a natural hazard that induces a subsequent technological disaster. Joslin and Kobites attended the conference and presented the poster.
2014-15 ROME PRIZE WINNER
On April 10, 2014, the Trustees of the American Academy in Rome announced the winners of the 118th annual Rome Prize Competition at a prize ceremony in New York City. Associate Professor Vincent Snyder received the James R. Lamantia, Jr. Rome Prize, awarded in the architecture discipline.
Each year, through a national competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to approximately thirty individuals across approximately 12 disciplines who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Rome Prize recipients are provided with a fellowship, which includes a stipend and live/working space, and are invited to live in Rome for six months to two years to immerse themselves in the Academy community. They have the opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, by drawing on their colleagues' knowledge and experience, as well as the inestimable resources that Italy, Europe, and the Academy have to offer.
Founded in 1894, the American Academy in Rome remains the premier American overseas center for independent study and advanced research. With an 11-acre campus on the highest point within the walls of Rome, the Academy annually offers the Rome Prize to individuals, following a national competition presided over by rotating independent juries of peers in each discipline, which include architecture, design, historic preservation & conservation, landscape architecture, literature, music composition, visual arts, ancient studies, Medieval studies, Renaissance and early modern studies, and modern Italian studies.
Snyder's study title is "Antecedent Armatures & False-Work." Snyder will study and research Ancient Roman timber structures. A brief summary of his proposal is as follows:
"No urban settlement is more linked with the notion of time and its poetic associations of permanence and decay than Rome; observed in terms of centuries rather than years. In stark contrast, much of American construction today, is generally reliant on swift construction and inexpensive materials. Understandably, much of the knowledge and direct references to non-durable materials such as ancient Roman timber structures have largely vanished. Briefly, I will investigate and materialize an imagined—but plausible—set of interconnected ephemeral structures consisting of the false-work (scaffolding, centering, and formwork) necessary for the realization of a venerable ancient complex. The resulting three-dimensional "ghost building," in its entirety, will expose a dynamic dialogue between these temporary timber exoskeletons and the embedded force concentrations of the massive extant masonry structures selected. Clearly, this conjectural approach is not a re-creation towards any idea of rationalized perfection, but rather, it seeks other architectures relevant to a contemporary practice."
Snyder is the sixth Rome Prize winner on the UTSOA faculty. Previous winners include Dean Fritz Steiner, Associate Professors Mirka Beneš, Hope Hasbrouck, and Nichole Wiedemann, and Adjunct Professor Coleman Coker.
Student exhibition, Akademie der Künste, April 7, 2014. Click image to view larger.
Wilfried Wang, O'Neil Ford Centennial Professor in Architecture, co-organized two discussion sessions at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, on the future of the Kulturforum Berlin—on February 3 on the future uses for the cultural complex and on April 7 on the development options for the Kulturforum.
For the latter event, Wang presented the four group projects of the advanced studio: Group 1: "Amphitheatre" by Toheed Khawaja, Liang Lu, and Breanne Miller; Group 2: "Biennale Giardini Berlin" by Jaclyn Lieck, Ping Zhou, and Wen Zuo; "Group 3: Scharoun 2.0" by Benjamin Hamilton and Diana Rodriguez; and Group 4: "Shared Space" by Namhyuck Ahn and Nathan Sheppard. The work by the students was exhibited at the Akademie der Künste on April 7.
Additionally, Wilfried Wang's essay "Punto de inflexíon: descubrir el terreno de lo real" / "Turning Point: Finding Real Ground" was published in XII Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Barcelona, Spain 2014.
Wilfried Wang was the chairman of the jury for new residences and offices for Berlin's Schinkelplatz. He also served as the chairman of the jury for new residences and offices for the inland harbor of Mainz.
Stephen Sharpe's thoughtful article, "Headspace: Psychology and Architecture," in aia.org's Practicing Architecture column looks at how design affects the psychological outlook of people experiencing their built environment.
The article focuses on the ongoing collaboration between Associate Dean Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, and Professor Stephen Sonnenberg, M.D., who organized the Space+Mind Symposium in 2007 and co-edited the book Space & Psyche, published in 2013 by the Center for American Architecture and Design, that evolved from the symposium. Their latest collaboration, with Senior Lecturer John Blood, is a "design studio in which students explore possible architectural settings intended to foster meaningful interaction and dialogue between veterans of war and people who have never personally experienced wartime violence."
Article excerpt: "'Learning to understand the psychosocial development of an individual or group may also benefit the students after they enter the profession,' Danze says, because '[t]his understanding, in turn, has an effect on how we design more meaningfully and effectively.'"
View the full article.
Associate Professor Allan W. Shearer presented the paper, "Mid-Century Modernism and the Invention of 'Microclimate'" at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland. This research was supported by a grant from the James Martson Fitch Charitable Foundation and by a Special Research Grant from The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Elizabeth Mueller presented an address on Friday, April 4, at "Housing + Transit: Getting on Track in Austin" Forum, sponsored by UT Opportunity Forum and HousingWorks Austin. The half-day event was held at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and featured topics concerned with linking transit with affordable housing policies in our region to build sustainable, inclusive communities. See the website for more information.
"Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry" exhibition, Centro Cultural Clavijero, Morelia, Mexico. Click image to view larger.
Assistant Professor Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla opened his exhibition, "Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry," at the Centro Cultural Clavijero in the World Heritage City of Morelia, Mexico. The opening took place the evening of March 28, and it was attended by local practitioners, members of the Ministry of Culture of the State of Michoacan, members of the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, and the local press.
The exhibition is displayed in one of the magnificent rooms of the eighteenth-century Palacio Clavijero, located in the core of the historic center of Morelia. The fifteen 3-D printed models and thirty panels of the exhibition are surrounded by pink cantera barrel vaults, resonating with the spirit of the sixteenth-century vaults presented in the exhibition. The Centro Cultural Clavijero, which receives thousands of visitors every year, is dedicated to the dissemination of art and architecture and funded by the State's Ministry of Culture.
This is the fourth stop of Ibarra's exhibition in its itinerary through Mexico and the United States. The exhibition will run through June 29. A short text by Catherine Gavin on the 3-D printing developed for this exhibition can be seen on the "backpage" section of the March/April 2014 edition of Texas Architect.
CENTER FOR AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN BOOK LAUNCH
The Center for American Architecture and Design is holding a book launch for two new Center publications on Wednesday, April 23, at 5:00 p.m., on the loggia at Goldsmith Hall.
CENTER 19: CURTAINS
CURTAINS was a multi-site installation and exhibition designed to explore the use of fabrics in contemporary art and architecture—not in the form of rigid tensile structures, nor in the form of cladding or upholstery, but in their more relaxed, natural forms: curtains associated with windows, yes, but also defining and activating spaces indoors and out, billowing overhead as canopies, catching and using wind like sails, creating shade, diffusing light, holding color in their folds, filtering views, absorbing sound, showing the wind, and making theater of the everyday.
This volume of CENTER aims to inspire openness to curtains and their kin in the hope that this will help rejuvenate the art of architecture. An openness that will help designers to move on to an architecture that is more resource efficient, more technologically sophisticated, and less stylistically dogmatic, an architecture more embracing of humanity and truly interested in the possibilities of dwelling.
CENTERLINE 8: MINING LOCATION J.O. 180: EXPERIMENTAL BUILDINGS AT SHOAL LAKE
A lake house holds a special place in the psyche of Canadian culture that often times grounds itself in its wealth of extant wilderness and pioneering roots. Such campsites are part of a tradition and serve as stepping-stones to a natural world. Indeed, despite their occasional inhabitation, the experiences of a lake house are frequently given a primary place in our memory—standing in contrast to our increasingly urban lives.
Cover, The Architecture of Art Museums: A Decade of Design: 2000-2010, by Ronnie Self.
Ronnie Self [B.Arch. '82] has published a new book titled The Architecture of Art Museums: A Decade of Design: 2000-2010. On April 15, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston hosted a lecture and signing for the launch of the book. Until it's public release in mid-May, the book is exclusively available at the museum store and is being sold at a discount.
Professor David Heymann's review of the book appears on Rice Design Alliance's offcite.org blog.
Excerpt: "Ronnie Self's eminently readable new book of case studies, The Architecture of Art Museums: A Decade of Design 2000-2010, provides in-depth descriptions of 18 prominent museums opened in America (mostly) and Europe during the booming first decade of the twenty-first century. Laid out chronologically by date of opening—from Tadao Ando's Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art to Zaha Hadid's MAXXI in Rome—the works are authored by SANAA, Herzog & de Meuron, Renzo Piano, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Steven Holl, Shigeru Ban, etc.; i.e., the apex predators of the architectural world, working on what was then, and still may be, the sociocultural equivalent of the Greek temple, Renaissance palazzo, Baroque church, or early-Modern housing."
"Self's criticism has an admirable sense of balance, and he gives each architect his or her due before noting the shortcomings. There is a consistent point of view woven through the book, but Self reigns in his criticism well before it reaches the king has no clothes level. This may follow from an observation Self gives early in the book that the 'ideal space to show contemporary art, or most types of art for that matter, escapes consensus.'"
SPRING 2014 EVENTS
Events are subject to change—for the full schedule and latest updates, check the online UTSOA Calendar.
CENTER LUNCH FORUM SERIES
Roughly every other Friday during the fall and spring semesters, The Center for American Architecture and Design hosts a Friday Lunch Forum Series. The aim of the series is for faculty and students to meet in an informal atmosphere to debate topics and to share ideas about history, practice, theory, and new directions for architecture.
All Center Lunch Forums take place at 12:00 noon (CST) in Battle Hall, Room 101, and via LIVE WEBCAST. Seating capacity limited to the first 50 attendees.
Visit the Center website for updates and to access the live webcast.
Remaining spring 2014 forums include:
Past featured forums:
- February 28, Professor Michael Benedikt, "Beyond Adjacency" – webcast
- February 21, John Hart Asher and Mark Simmons of the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center EcoSystem Design Group, "Bringing Nature Home: Incorporating Ecosystem Science into Urban Design" – webcast
- February 14, Lecturer Charles Di Piazza "Contemporary Architecture in the French Riviera" – webcast
- November 22, Petra Leidl and Michael Garrison, "Homegrown: Solar Decathlon 2015" – webcast
- November 8, Cisco Gomes, "Designing the Way We Build" – webcast
- October 25, Mark Maček, "Design Academy Eindhoven: Visiting the House of Concepts" – webcast
- October 11, Global Architecture Brigades, "Holistic Development Abroad and at Home" – webcast
- September 27, Ana Thiemer, "Building Commitment: Energy and Water Conservation at UT" – webcast
- September 13, Dean Fritz Steiner, "Bushwick, You're Beautiful" – webcast
Monday, April 21
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
Studio Roland Snooks
"Studio Roland Snooks is a progressive architecture practice with a passion for experimentation, questioning the norm and developing unconventional solutions. We are a small, agile practice based in Melbourne that operates globally. We offer a full range of architectural services and have an international network of expert collaborators to enable us to tackle complex and large-scale projects."
"The studio is led by Roland Snooks who has 15 years experience in practice, having worked on projects ranging from individual houses to large-scale cultural, education, and commercial projects. Roland holds a bachelor of architecture from RMIT University and a masters in advanced architectural design from Columbia University in New York, where he studied on a Fulbright scholarship."
"The work of the practice has been published internationally and exhibited widely including at the FRAC Collection in France, the Beijing Biennale, and the National Gallery of Victoria."
"We have a fascination with the impact of new technologies on architecture and construction. The practice is at the forefront of new computational design processes and robotic fabrication techniques. We are focussed on how to develop and leverage these innovations to rethink what architecture might be and to create intricately crafted buildings."
COLLOQUIUM: PRE-COLUMBIAN ARCHITECTURE & URBANISM IN MEXICO
Friday, April 25
LLILAS Benson Conference Room
Sid Richardson Hall (SRH Unit 1) [MAP]
2300 Red River Street
8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The colloquium will provide an overview of contemporary developments in the study and conservation of these monumental sites in southern Mexico. Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, who are responsible of sites, projects, and archaeological sites in Oaxaca and Yucatán will present the findings on architecture and urbanism on important pre-Columbian sites.
The visiting archeologist to UT Austin will share their academic progress on the more recent projects and will reflect on the major challenges to perform actions for conservation for three World Heritage sites such as Monte Albán, Mitla-Yagul, Ruta Puuc, and Uxmal. The presentations will also include other sites that have been recently explored such as Atzompa and Yucundaa in the region of Oaxaca. Note: most presentations will be given in Spanish with slides in English.
9:00 – 9:30
"The architecture of Monte Albán and its long path to integral conservation"
Nelly M. Robles García
Presentation in English.
9:30 – 10:0
"The Archeological Project of the Monumental Site of Atzompa, Oaxaca"
Jaime Vera Estrada y Leobardo Pacheco Arias
Presentation in Spanish with slides in English.
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 10:45
"Yagul & Mitla in Oaxaca, New UNESCO World Heritage Sites"
Jorge Ríos Allier y Guillermo Ramón Celis
Presentation in Spanish with slides in English.
10:45 – 11:15
"Yucundaa. 'Cacicazgo's' Architecture in the Mixteca Alta of Oaxaca"
Olga Landa Alarcón
Presentation in Spanish with slides in English.
11:15 – 11:45
"Uxmal & Route Puuc. Investigation and Conservation Development"
José Huchim Herrera y Lourdes Toscano
Presentation in Spanish with slides in English
11:45 – 12:00
Conclusions and Closing Remarks
12:00 – 1:00
The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla and sponsored by the UT Austin School of Architecture and LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections.
KENT BUTLER SUMMIT 2014
Friday, April 25
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, Texas
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Kent Butler Summit 2014:
"Faucets, Toilets, and Automobiles: Balancing Growth and Sustainability in the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Region"
The program will include a keynote presentations by Dr. Bob Paterson, Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning at The University of Texas at Austin and Carlos Rubinstein, Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board. Jim Walker [MSCRP '98] will be the moderator.
9:00 – 09:30
Morning Keynote: Associate Professor Bob Paterson
9:30 – 10:00
Presentation: TOILETS: Wastewater Management in the Barton Springs Zone
10:00 – 10:30
Panel Discussion: What does regional collaboration for sustainable wastewater management in the Barton Springs Zone look like?
Panelist: Grant Jackson, PE, 2005 Regional Water Quality Plan facilitator
10:30 – 10:45
10:45 – 11:15
Presentation: AUTOMOBILES: State Highway 45 Southwest
History, Participants & Process — Carlos Swonke, Director of Environmental Affairs, Texas Department of Transportation
Alternatives — Mike Brown, PE, President, MetroAnalytics
11:15 – 12:00
Panel Discussion: Minimization, mitigation and mobility
Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty
Brigid Shea, candidate for Travis County Commissioner
Chuck Lesniak, Environmental Officer, City of Austin
John Dupnik, PG, General Manager, Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
12:00 – 1:15
1:15 – 2:15
Presentation: FAUCETS: Reuse and water supply in the Barton Springs Zone
Direct Reuse — Ellen McDonald, Principal, Alan Plummer and Associates
Aquifer Storage and Recovery
Local Desalinization, Aquifer Storage and Recovery Projects — Brian Smith, Ph.D., PG, Senior Hydrogeologist, Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
2:15 – 2:30
2:30 – 3:00
Afternoon Keynote: Carlos Rubinstein, Chairman, Texas Water Development Board
3:00 – 3:45
Panel Discussion: How do we conserve and enhance water supply in the Barton Springs Zone?
Sharlene Leurig, Sustainable Water Infrastructure Program, Ceres
Pix Howell, Water infrastructure consultant
Lauren Ross, Ph.D., PE, Glenrose Engineering
Tom Hegemier, PE, Senior Project Manager, RPS Engineering
EXHIBIT: INSIDE MODERN TEXAS, THE CASE FOR PRESERVING INTERIORS
Through September 30
Battle Hall Reading Room
"Inside Modern Texas" offers insight on interior design during the period 1945 to 1975, touching upon the development of the profession and the issues faced today in historic preservation. Texas interiors from this period serve as case studies to illustrate emerging ideas in design and practice.
The exhibit includes photographs, original drawings, and printed materials from the Alexander Architectural Archive and the Architecture and Planning Library. Featured architects and interior designers include George L. Dahl, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Karl Kamrath, Howard R. Meyer, and John Astin Perkins.
Emily Ardoin, a graduate student in the School of Architecture's Historic Preservation Program, curated the exhibit through a new program developed with the School of Architecture. Head Librarian Beth Dodd hopes that collaborations such as this will provide graduate students with more opportunities to use the archives to produce new scholarship.
"We are always looking for ways to enhance the student experience, and curating an exhibit is an incredibly rigorous process that demands thorough research, careful selection and interpretation of materials, and exhibit design," says Dodd. "The endowment created by the late Professor Blake Alexander now enables us to offer our students this funded internship."
Mid-twentieth-century buildings are gaining widespread acceptance as candidates for historic preservation, but few retain their original modern interiors. Because they are so closely connected to human activity, interiors can be especially important conveyors of historic significance, but they are highly vulnerable to changing tastes and functional requirements. The perceived impermanent nature of interior design components, and historic preservation legislation which often focuses on building exteriors, further complicates preservation efforts.
Repositories such as the Alexander Architectural Archive provide opportunities to study the history of design. "Because interiors are so vulnerable to change, teaching and research rely on libraries and archives for historic documentation," notes Dodd. "In this first exhibit, Emily had to dig deep to discover material in the collections of architects who were only starting to recognize interior design as a distinct profession."
UTSOA lecture and exhibitions generously funded by: Jean and Bill Booziotis Endowed Annual Lecture in Architecture, Brightman/York Endowed Lecture Series in Interior Design, Edwin W. and Alyce O. Carroll Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, Bluford Walter Crain Centennial Endowed Lectureship, Gensler Exhibitions Endowment, Golemon & Rolfe Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, Herbert M. Greene Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, The Wolf and Janet Jessen Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, Karl Kamrath Lectureship in Architecture, Jane Marie Tacquard Patillo Centennial Lectureship, Edwin A. Schneider Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, Wilsonart Endowed Lecture Series in Interior Design, and the School of Architecture Professional Residency Program.
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