Tomorrow night there is a screening of Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman at Dallas’ Magnolia Theatre. Visual Acoustics is a documentary film on architectural photographer Julius Shulman. For more infomation on the screening visit the Dallas Center for Architecture’s website. Here’s the trailer (the film is narrated by Dustin Hoffman):
Archive for September, 2009
From the North Texas USGBC website:
Toward a Water Wise Future: The Rewards of Rain and Grey Water Harvesting
Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Wilson Office Interiors (1444 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 545, Dallas, Texas, 75207)
Cost: USGBC North Texas chapter members: $10.00; non-chapter members: $20.00; Emerging Green Builders/students: $5.00.
As fresh water sources in many parts of the country have been stressed by population growth, and public water supplies have been dwindling due to drought and waste, the USGBC has increased its focus on the elimination of potable water and other natural water resources for landscape irrigation, as evidenced in its LEED 2009 Water Efficiency Credits for water efficient landscaping and increased emphasis in the Regionalization Credits. To conserve resources, municipalities and other local water utilities continue to impose ever more drastic restrictions on the use of domestic treated (tap) water for lawns and other landscape areas. And from an economic standpoint, the water that is available is becoming dramatically more expensive to all water users than it has been in the past.Please join the USGBC North Texas Chapter at the Wilson Office Interiors Showroom on October 1, 2009, for an evening discussion of water harvesting at both the commercial and residential scale.
Chris Miles with GreenCraft Builders will discuss residential water harvesting and other strategies, using actual built case studies in the D/FW region.
Anthony Martin of Henderson Engineers will discuss the MEP side of commercial water harvesting.
Robert Croysdale with GSR Andrade Architects will examine the cost benefits and LEED 2009 implications with rainwater harvesting.
We are in the process of further developing a design graphic-resources library. Over the next few months we’ll be collecting and cataloging various graphic resources many of us have and use throughout the office. Eventually the Design Corner on the source will act as a gateway to the various graphic resources we have on the server (such as entourage, cars, landscaping, material maps, sky backgrounds, etc). And, while we have many of those resources identified, we are asking you to send us what you may use that others may be unaware of, so that we all have access to all graphic resources.
Each week via the blog we will call for various design resources. This week we’re asking for landscape graphic resources (They can be jpgs or components, photorealistic or abstract, in plan or elevation, you name it, we’re not picky!) So, if you have some resources you can pass along, please drop them in this folder and notify Gina Ferrer (email@example.com) that you have done so.
A new exhibit is opening on Saturday at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Read more below from the Nasher’s website:
The Art of Architecture: Foster + Partners
September 26, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Opening Day Celebration
Saturday, September 26
11 am – 5 pm, FREE Admission
Join us on opening day of the exhibition for a free event featuring artist demonstrations, tours, live performances, and sketching in the Galleries. At 1 pm, enjoy an Architecture Lecture in Nasher Hall with Spencer de Grey, Head of Design at Foster + Partners, for a one-hour discussion on the great breadth of projects the firm has undertaken over the past four decades.
Here’s a photo slide show from the New York Times about recycled homes constructed out of salvaged material by Dan Phillips of Huntsville, Texas.
I found this video of 2,000 Symbols in 2 minutes, it’s like a double shot of inspiration to start your day. Designers and artists across all disciplines use and appreciate symbols and symbolism. Whether it is the basis for an architectural structure, or the simplified form of communication expressed in a logo. Is there a designer out there that does not appreciate the simplistic beauty of symbols?
Deadline: September 30, 2009 (just one week left!)
The City of Dallas is hosting its first Dallas Trinity River Photo Contest, so grab your camera and capture the natural beauty of our Trinity River. Participants (professional, amateur, and youth) may enter their photos in one of four categories:
Prizes total $2900, and the winning photos will be displayed on the Trinity River Corridor Project website, and possibly at Dallas City Hall.
The competition is sponsored by The City of Dallas, The Trinity Dallas, Dallas Camera Club, Competitive Cameras, and Canon.
Go to the contest website for more information.
Well, I recently came across this video from TED (ideas worth talking about). Chris is an accountant turned artist who turns everyday statistics into meaningful artistic abstractions that help give meaning to what would otherwise be another number. Social art with a cause—it is both inspiring and motivational. Perhaps architects can and should do the same…
Hearts and Hammers 2009 is just around the corner. The work day is scheduled for Saturday, September 19.
Hearts and Hammers is a program administered by the City of Dallas whereby volunteer organizations agree to work on homes, cited by the city for code violations, that are owned by those who cannot afford to repair them. HKS has sponsored a group to participate in this activity since its inception in the mid-1980s.
Saturday, September 19 – 8 a.m.
The workday activities will include removing and replacing rotten siding, scraping and painting, soffit repair/replacement, constructing a handrail and yard clean-up.
Please sign up by emailing Brian Eason, if you are interested in being a part of this important volunteer effort. Thank you for your support.
No matter what your take on graffiti is, reverse graffiti artist, Moose, is helping people to realize that some graffiti can benefit your environment.
In 2008, Moose teamed with Green Works cleaner to create an environmentally friendly piece of graffiti on the walls of San Francisco’s Broadway tunnel.