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Embracing Culture and Place

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, May/June 2009

“Art in the Park”

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Today, outside the small, Oklahoma town of Ada, stands a tight compound of buildings that, at a distance, shimmers like a mirage of some modern native pueblo within the verdant panorama.

Embracing Culture and Place

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Originally published in , July/August 2012

, January/February 1999

“A Greater Whole”

Written by Larry Speck

Some of the most powerful and convincing environments we have produced in the United States over the last two centuries have been college and university campuses. Both in terms of architecture and urban design, the halls of academe and the lush grounds that surround them often are oases in the desert of commercial cacophony that […]

, January/February 1987

“Texas Architecture: The State of the Art”

Written by Larry Speck

In 1941, the Architectural League of New York published Forty Under Forty, a monograph that identified little-known young architects from around the country considered “rising stars” by the League. Although some 70 percent of those on the list were from New York (no one ever said the League was impartial), architects from 11 states were […]

, July/August 1985

“The Inventive ’50s: Ford Had a Better Idea”

Written by Larry Speck

Ideas reach an awkward adolescence, a point at which they are too young to be judged lasting truths but no longer have the freshness of youth. Familiarity breeds contempt, and with the hoopla surrounding any new development in our media age, we seem to get bored with ideas just about the time they are maturing […]

, July/August 1984

“Home Homage”

Written by Larry Speck

Hats off to anyone who is ambitious enough to attempt a series of exhibitions, a symposium and a publication on the neglected topic of American domestic vernacular architecture. There is, perhaps, no environmental expression so telling of our society, so indicative of our values, our way of life and our aspirations as is the American […]

, November/December 1983

“Impressions”

Written by Larry Speck

Twenty places that have left their mark on the history of Texas architecture.

, July/August 1983

“Church of Reconciliation”

Written by Larry Speck

The Church of Reconciliation in San Antonio both acknowledges and extends a longstanding tradition of centrally planned churches. From Bramante’s plan for St. Peter’s or Borromini’s Sant’ Ivo to Eero Saarinen’s Christian Church in Columbus, Indiana, or Louis Kahn’s Unitarian Church in Rochester, New York, the centralized plan has been called upon, not only to […]

, January/February 1983

“TSA Headquarters”

Written by Larry Speck

A Mix of Regional Charm and Corporate Good Taste

, September/October 1982

“On Continuity in Architecture”

Written by Larry Speck

‘The Case for Attention to Context in the Design of Cities’

, May/June 1979

“Architecture in Australia: A Texas Counterpart”

Written by Larry Speck

When I was a boy in Houston, I was told that a hole dug deep enough straight through the center of the earth from Texas would eventually reach China. It was a lie. The other side of the world is actually Australia-a place which bears some striking and even uncanny environmental similarities to Texas, its […]