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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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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 →

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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‘boxed in’ Posted on July 19, 2013 By Rick Black

‘Boxed In’ was the title of a talk I gave at the Umlauf a few years ago. It started with this diagram, which describes the various ‘pressures’ acting on the form of a house, especially the infill projects we design.... read more →

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roadside picnic shelter Posted on July 19, 2013 By Rick Black

A dozen of these structures exist at the Ellis County Texas Safety Rest Area along IH-35, just south of Waxahachie. We were surprised to find how accommodating and pleasant these durable concrete and steel shelters are for a picnic. It.... read more →

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unconventional space Posted on June 26, 2013 By Cindy Black

Rick and I took a creative recharge to L.A. this past weekend and had time for many a conversation about architecture. On a walk through Santa Monica we passed Frank Gehry’s house, a deconstruction of a gabled roof bungalow with.... read more →

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