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October 30, 2009

Typically, we have 4-8 bikers out on the trail of varying abilities and ages. It has been mostly lots o fun with not too many injuries or getting lost. I have become known as the ambassador. My (I.N.F.P.) approach is to ease newbie’s into it. Don’t push too hard and leave them wanting for more. Our other fearless leader, project manager Mike Thompson (I.S.T.J.), is known more as the drill sergeant. Good cop / bad cop I guess. Mike will continuously push for just one more lap or drive hard to go just a little faster. He is also known as the trickster. Going ahead of the group and setting traps for the unaware rider – all in good fun.

October 29, 2009

Tune into the Image of the Week discussion this Wednesday.

October 29, 2009

I attended (as I’m sure many of you did) the Architecture Forum featuring Lord Norman Foster at the new Dallas Performing Arts Center. I was intrigued when he described Masdar City near the end of what was a very interesting lecture. It seems that many were unaware of this development, the world’s first “Carbon-Neutral, Zero-Waste City”. Foster compared this idea to when we put a man on the moon in the 1960’s. Is this for real? You bet…. Check out theirwebsite!

October 28, 2009

While perusing the architecture section at Borders last week, I came across this book, Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession. I was amused as I flipped through it, because it said many things I’ve come to learn about the profession, most of which I didn’t know when I decided to pursue architecture as a career. I haven’t read it entirely, but from my brief encounter, it seems the book is exactly what it says it is, candid. High-schoolers should definitely spend some time withArchitect? to inform their decision. It’s unlikely I would have changed my mind about pursuing architecture if I’d gotten my hands on this book back in the day. But, I would have certainly been more prepared for journey.

October 27, 2009

I came across this white paper (Making Walls Quiet) through my Commercial Construction Management Bulletin subscription. It talks about the use of Quiet Rock Soundproof drywall which claims that the STC’s achieved are far greater than typical methods due to potential installation errors. Then I checked the HKS Masterspecs and found out it has been included Section 092900 Subsection 2.4 – C for Acoustically Enhanced Gypsum Board. I wonder if anyone has used this type of gypsum board before and if they have any feedback on its quality and potential. The product is from Quiet Solutions division of Serious Materials. This is a good article to throw out for the knowledge of all or as a reminder of its existence.

October 23, 2009

Images below from The Park website:

October 22, 2009

The current “My New York” series from The Architecture Record Video Library is worth a look. I particularly like the 3 part series by Bernard Tschumi. I’ve been keeping up with it on line and recently Jack Ford and Sergio Saenz both commented on the series so I thought I might share some of my own observations. Tschumi eloquently lays out many of the ideas we’ve been talking about here at the firm. Take a look at the attached link when you get a second. This is in line with what we’ve been talking about here at HKS on 4 different levels.

October 21, 2009

On Thursday I had the pleasure of attending Rem Koolhaas’s lecture at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas up and coming Art’s District. His lecture centralized around the development of the modern skyscraper recalling the spectacle of early century Coney Island as the primary design precedent of the multi-storey / multi programmed building. Through his perspective as an European Architect, American Architecture revealed an ability to mix program and work within enormous scales to the Old World. Europe had a manifesto for modern design; there was an order, a process for the design and production of ‘clean’ Modern Architecture. In the States there is no manifesto, no set of instructions or rules to produce buildings deemed as being ‘good’. While showing his firm’s work, it is clear this influence of thinking about architectural program and scale had influenced the work through his European filter.

October 19, 2009

I’m an avid reader (and subscriber) of National Geographic. Earlier this year in the May 2009 issue I discovered an interesting and thought-provoking article on Green Roofs.

October 16, 2009

This is an excerpt from the book 101 Thing I Learned in Architecture School: