Aspen, Colorado swaps coal for wind to become 3rd city to run solely on renewable energy

Downtown Aspen (Courtesy Daniel Case / Flickr)

Downtown Aspen (Courtesy Daniel Case / Flickr)

Fossil fuel dependency is now a thing of the past for this municipality on Colorado’s Western Slope. Aspen has just announced that it’s only the third city to kick the habit and is fully reliant on renewable energy sources.

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Pelli Clarke Pelli designs San Antonio’s first new office tower in three decades

This hand-crafted paper model of San Antonio had several tower options for the new Frost Bank.

This hand-crafted paper model of San Antonio offers several tower options for the new Frost Bank. (Courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli)

In downtown San Antonio, famed New Haven, Connecticut–based firm Pelli Clarke Pelli (PCP) teamed up with local Alamo Architects to design the new Frost Bank Tower headquarters. It will be the first office tower to join the San Antonio skyline in three decades and one of several new PCP buildings in Texas, including Dallas’ McKinney & Olive tower and the Shraman South Asian Museum and Learning Center.

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Cesar Pelli announces he will design a new South Asian Museum in downtown Dallas

Architecture, News, Southwest
Monday, September 21, 2015
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Located near the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Aquarium, and Victory Park, the Shraman South Asian Museum is the latest contribution to growing downtown Dallas. (Courtesy the Shraman South Asian Museum)

Located near the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Aquarium, and Victory Park, the Shraman South Asian Museum is the latest contribution to growing downtown Dallas. (Courtesy Shraman South Asian Museum)

On the heels of designing Dallas’s McKinney & Olive tower, his first in the city, Cesar Pelli snagged a competitive proposal as the architect of the Shraman South Asian Museum and Learning Center. The new museum will be located at the corner of Woodall Rodgers Freeway and Field Street in downtown Dallas.

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David Adjaye reveals his design for a museum at the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio

Architecture, Southwest, Unveiled
Thursday, September 17, 2015
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RUBY CITY, A FACETED, RED-HUED CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, WILL OPEN IN 2018. (Courtesy Linda Pace Foundation)

Architect David Adjaye, known for his modern, site-specific buildings including the upcoming Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, was commissioned by artist and philanthropist Linda Pace to design a structure along San Antonio’s San Pedro Creek for her eponymous foundation’s growing contemporary art collection. The new building, called Ruby City, is expected to open in 2018; groundbreaking will commence in 2016.

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Boomtown: Houston poised to overtake Chicago as country’s third-largest city by 2025

Downtown Houston. (eflon / Wikimedia Commons)

Downtown Houston. (eflon / Wikimedia Commons)

The Texas metropolis of Houston is famous (or perhaps infamous) for its sprawling footprint. But as recent census numbers affirm, that growth reflects more than just a lack of zoning—within 10 years, more people will live in Houston than Chicago, according to information from health departments in Illinois and Texas. (Read AN‘s feature examining Houston’s first General Plan here.)

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Here’s your first look at an evolving plan to transform North Dallas with a complex of skyscrapers

Images for a plan to build a skyscraper complex in north Dallas have been making waves across the web. The so-called Harwood Phase XII would top out at 1,080 feet over the Texas city.

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Watch the first arch of Santiago Calatrava’s Margaret McDermott Bridge get topped off in Dallas

Courtesy Santiago Calatrava

Courtesy Santiago Calatrava

An important milestone for what is set to be Dallas’ newest landmark was just reached as the first arch of Santiago Calatrava‘s Margaret McDermott Bridges project was completed in late August.

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NBBJ’s New Orleans hospital embodies resilience

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NBBJ designed UMC's entry pavilion to recall New Orleans' porch culture. (Sean Airhart)

NBBJ designed UMC’s entry pavilion to recall New Orleans’ porch culture. (Sean Airhart)

High performance and cultural relevance meet in concrete, metal, and steel mesh envelope.

For the stakeholders involved in building the new Rev. Avery C. Alexander Academic Research Hospital (also known as University Medical Center, or UMC) in downtown New Orleans, the project was about much more than replacing facilities damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

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The New & Old in New Orleans: Ten years after Katrina, architects still figuring out how to rebuild housing in the city

Architecture, Development, Southwest, Urbanism
Thursday, September 3, 2015
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(Courtesy Make It Right Foundation)

(Courtesy Make It Right Foundation)

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast region, inundating New Orleans with contaminated floodwaters, the city is in some ways still getting back on its feet. After much dispute on how to recover the city, architects and developers are looking to new construction and existing building stock for solutions.

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Here’s Dallas’ plan to build tiny homes for the homeless to save lives and money

(Courtesy bcWORKSHOP)

(Courtesy bcWORKSHOP)

Taking a cue from a program in Houston, Dallas has decided to house 50 homeless people using low-cost cottages designed by bcWORKSHOP, short for Building Community Workshop.

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Hord Coplan Macht Pushes Performance at CSU

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Hord Coplan Macht's Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building achieved LEED Gold certification without sacrificing transparency. (Courtesy Hord Coplan Macht)

Hord Coplan Macht’s Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building achieved LEED Gold certification without sacrificing transparency. (Courtesy Hord Coplan Macht)

Ultra efficient curtain wall system marries transparency and sustainability.

For some institutions, building “sustainably” means doing the bare minimum—checking the boxes of government or in-house requirements and then moving on.

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These odd creatures and sculptures will soon fill Austin’s Circle Acres nature reserve

(Courtesy Field Constructs)

(Courtesy Field Constructs Design Competition)

The 18 winning projects shortlisted in the Field Constructs Design Competition flag a range of pressing socio-environmental issues through whimsical takes on interactive public art. The exhibits will occupy an old landfill and brownfield in Austin within the Circle Acres nature reserve, turning the site into a bizarre outdoor museum teeming with site-responsive sculptures and unforeseen creatures. Here, we take a look at some of the winning proposals to be displayed from November 14–22.

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