New year, new casita Posted on January 10, 2016 By Cindy Black

‘Accessory Dwelling Unit’ (or ADU for short) is the latest catchphrase in Austin – the city’s recently passed ordinance relaxes building restrictions related to these backyard casitas. At the November 2015 Council meeting, the following changes to the ADU regulations were approved: Reduce minimum lot.... read more →

reunion house, circa 1952 Posted on October 20, 2015 By Cindy Black

We have in our library the  ‘Arts & Architecture’ compendium, published by Taschen from 1945-1954. Beyond the obvious midcentury modern inspiration, these articles unveil an earnestness and prospective outlook toward living spaces. Check out this ‘Reunion House’ designed (and written) by Richard Neutra.... read more →

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small homes Posted on September 21, 2015 By Cindy Black

Our 1940 Retreat project was featured in this season’s issue of Fine Homebuilding, Small Homes edition. Read Cindy’s article here!

spirit of optimism Posted on June 3, 2015 By Cindy Black

“We’ll Reopen Soon” says the temporary banner hanging outside Whole Earth Provision. In case you haven’t heard, Austin experience massive flooding this Memorial Day weekend, and Whole Earth suffered some serious damage. If I was a retailer facing a shop full of muddy.... read more →

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merging architecture and craftiness Posted on March 30, 2015 By Cindy Black

A few weeks ago, QuiltCon descended on Austin, bringing a surplus of incredibly crafty people to town. I mean, making a quilt that has compositional coherence and lays flat is a feat unto itself, but these quilters take it to a whole other level..... read more →

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sunlight and memory Posted on October 24, 2014 By Cindy Black

This composition of shadows strikes our house in the late afternoons of autumn. The wall texture becomes more noticeable and reveals the sandy paths of the hand-applied stucco. Sunlight – both upon and inside a building – creates vivid, sparkling memories of a place.... read more →

Live / Work Space in Tribeza Posted on June 10, 2014 By Cindy Black

It was rewarding to take a break from work and read this article about a project we designed for a choreographer of dance and projection. The new owner, Carrie Contey, uses the space to host parenting workshops. Read the article.... read more →

sound of architecture Posted on May 27, 2014 By Cindy Black

A few months ago, an article in the Sunday New York Times caught my attention. It was about the ambient sounds of our world – everything from jackhammers to vehicles to appliances, and how environmental noise  ‘splits our own attention,.... read more →

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Shoal Creek Family Studio Posted on April 21, 2014 By Cindy Black

When we design spaces dedicated for working or making, we have a unique opportunity to play with form, volume and light quality. This family studio was added onto a 1953 brick house that overlooks the limestone banks of Shoal Creek..... read more →

working with paint Posted on February 10, 2014 By Cindy Black

With a little free time in the first week of 2014, I scrapped everything on the magnet wall and gathered together all our paint samples from recent projects. The color chips above are from about fifteen projects, both interior and.... read more →

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