A Higher Education

The narrow, politicized ivory towers of yesterday have been replaced by architecture schools that value diversity of thought and practice.

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Houston’s New Park: Discovery Green

Discovery Green, a $122 million, 12-acre (4.9 ha) park with a lake, a restaurant, and a cafe located amid commercial and residential towers in downtown Houston, is the product of efforts by civic leaders who envisioned a new kind of urban park - one that would draw together the city's diverse, cosmopolitan population. The park, which occupies the equivalent of eight city blocks on the east side…

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Campus Architecture and Planning at The University of Texas

THE CASS GILBERT ERA : 1910-1922 Cass Gilbert imagined a campus for UT that was grand and monumental. Even before actually receiving the commission, he produced ketches of a campus with powerful scale and clarity. His buildings conspired together to frame dominant vistas and define malls, courts, and plazas, creating memorable exterior spaces. In these images, the rural-feeling green lawns were…

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Seeing Is Believing

Think Like an Architect is a refreshingly personal book. Though it clearly fulfills its intention to "communicate ways to give the necessary care to designing buildings that's needed to enhance the quality of life for the people who live with them as well as the environment around them," it is also a warm and intimate story of the life and career of its author. Through his own gimlet-eyed…

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