Tuesday, September 17, 2013
ENLACES- 2013 National Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibit: Celebrating the Work of Dallas Latino Architects and Designers
In its fourth year celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture Committee presents: ENLACES, an exhibition celebrating Latinos in the design-related professions.
Included in the exhibition are: Margine Biswas, AIA (Archiphy); Silvino Castillo (Perkins+Will); Anita Delgado, Associate AIA (Corgan Associates); Al Hernandez, AIA (SHW Group); Julian Lizarazu, Associate AIA; Adriana Mesquita Pacheco (RTKL Associates); Adriana Meyer, AIA (APM Architecture); David Muñoz (Perkins+Will); Javier Rosero (SHW Group); Dulce Torres, International Associate AIA (HKS Inc.); Hector Zumalacarregui (RTKL Associates);
Payment in Advance
$15 Non Members
Payment at the Door
$20 Non Members
Thanks to our sponsors!!!:
FMG- Furniture Marketing Group
Good Fulton & Farrell
Milby Attorneys & Counselors
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Thursday, August 15, 2013
The West Dallas Community Center is an 80 year old non-profit organization who is looking to re-invent itself, expand the programs offer and become a greater resource to the community. The center would like to maximize the use of their Bataan site to better serve the community. A volunteer effort is taking place as part of AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture community outreach projects that involves developing the center’s visioning, rebranding and updating the centers web site, setting master plan goals, and developing a site master plan for WDCC development.
The mission of the WDCC is Helping Youth Excel! They help youth of West Dallas develop dignity, self-respect and meet life’s encounters with a positive attitude and manner. They also communicate to the youth that they can make an impact in their community and with their lives. They train youth to practice acceptable and new social skills, increased self-worth that will enable them to become productive citizens of society.
The West Dallas Community Center is located off of Bataan Street two blocks south of the Margaret Hunt Bridge with a spectacular view of downtown Dallas. Its location at the heart of the community makes it an ideal location for the services that it offers and its goal of reaching out to serve other members of its community.
A site study and schematic site plan has been created by LiA to assist WDCC as they work with the City of Dallas in the rezoning of the property to continue to allow for the services currently rendered and as a guide map to show the future services that can be offered.
The WDCC logo and branding continues to develop. The goal for this holistic branding effort is to incorporate the web site development with the new logo design. The logo is to visually unite the corporation’s goal of reaching to a greater community demographic, incorporate the Institution's color, and show a regional connection.
For opportunities and involvement with this program and/or other LiA programs or to find out more information about Latinos in Architecture please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Among others, we will kick-off our Annual “From an Architect’s Bookshelf” Book Drive and announce LiA's programming for the rest of the year.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Milby Attorneys & Counselors (Same building as Dallas Center for Architecture)
1909 Woodall Rodgers
Dallas, TX 75201
Please pass this invite along to all your colleagues and friends in the field of Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture or related disciplines, everyone is welcome!
There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP by clicking "Register for Event Now" here:
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
|From left to right: Marcel Erminy, Juan Sosa, |
Santos Catalan, David Zatopek, AIA,
Sebastian Morande, Lorena Toffer, AIA,
Robert Casasus, Lorena Perez,
Miguel Roldan, Jeff Potter, FAIA,
Clemente Jaquez, AIA,
Robert Casstevens at the
Latino Cultural Center plaza
The intent of the evening was to discuss cultural relevance in design and innovation, all while enjoying great food and mixers by the Latino Culinary Institute. As our guest of honor, Miguel Roldan discussed his ideas and projects, which are very exciting and interesting – particularly because he evokes a feeling of relevance. By that I mean that each work tends to go further beyond the programmatic function of the building. There is an essence that the project wants to engage with its place and its people. Whether we are talking about the dynamics of how economical means of construction offer unique opportunities, to substantive ideas of encouraging cultural trends in society.
During our discussions at the Latino Cultural center, some of the topics were general in nature, but there were particular questions that generated great debate and even questioned our profession. There is something to be said about architecture that is innovative because of its use of material and its unique interpretation of space, but when you design for a deeply rooted culture - how do you advance architecture? How do you translate tradition and customs into our contemporary world and through what language? Words like sophisticated, strategy and performance may not be so fitting when in essence some people just want what they have known and experienced for all their life – whether that is a preference of color, material or space arrangement. And to this we answered YES! Yes Architecture can respond and adapt culture to our changing environment, but understanding how this can be done has to go beyond textbooks and Google searches. We must avoid, in a subliminal or subconscious manner, our intuitive desire to drive projects in any one direction; we must engage and become entangled in order to express culturally significant Architecture.
I love to travel, I have been to many places in Europe, Asia and the Americas. One of my dearest
memories, is of my Grandpa’s town in the Mountainous regions of Chihuahua, Mexico. There, a small
village can only be accessed through a small winding, unpaved road. Dangerous you might say? Yes! But
genuine and unique to the way people live there. As you enter the ranch, you access a different world. Many houses are still made of Adobe Clay bricks and timber, there are no paved roadways, and everyone in the town knows each other. My Grandpa’s house sits atop a hill overlooking the town, and a rock trail from the house leads you to a crystal-clear stream just 200 feet away. The air is fresh and the sun embraces you with light and warmth. There is something very innocent about this place that words and actions such as “innovation”, “progress”, “technology” are a detriment to its very existence.
Denoting the importance of this anecdote, it is hard to conceive that Architecture become so worldly that we are in essence creating a homogenous language across the world. I do not believe we want society to be defined, in a way, by global expectations and a certain architectural language, which in case devalue the richness of context. When we visit places across the globe, we expect a unique experience, at least different than what we see at home. In places where there is great economic advancement, it will be crucial to take a moment of reflection and contemplation.
Simply said, culture in architecture is relevant. It is not about googling context and typing in the country's history in the web. It is about connecting with people, understanding customs and tradition.
Some values are just intangible and some architecture aspects of culture, like great family recipes, are passed down from generations. We must tap into this to enhance and promote our identity as a society and individuals.
Clemente Jaquez, AIA
AIA Dallas LiA 2013 Committee Chair
Monday, May 20, 2013
ENLACES is our annual traveling exhibition aimed at celebrating the work of Latino Architects and Designers in the Dallas area.
We are very happy to extend you and our Architecture community the opportunity to be part of this annual exhibition. Over the past three years, the support and enthusiasm for ENLACES has grown tremendously giving our members and Latino exhibitors great exposure. This year we plan to display the work of our exhibitors at the Dallas Center for Architecture, the Latino Cultural Center and the annual TSA convention in Fort Worth.
This is a very exciting moment for our committee to highlight the talent of our Latino community, and also a unique opportunity for any Architect/designer to gain recognition and be exposed to an amazing audience. Please follow the link to register and follow us on facebook or our blogspot for updates.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Come join us at Corgan Associates for this lecture:
Date: March 29th, 2013
Time: 12-1:30 pm
RSVP, please e-mail me at Lorena.Toffer@corgan.com
And then to a cocktail hour with this renowned architect, also tomorrow, Friday, March 29th 5-7pm at the Latino Cultural Center. And taste the tequila!
A $20 donation will be collected at the door
Food and Margarita Savorista Mixes will be catered by the Latino Culinary Institute
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Latinos in Architecture is happy to announce the TallerX reception/exhibition taking place this Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at the Latino Cultural Center. The high school students have been working really hard for the last six weeks. Please come out and join us. Lets motivate these young students!!!!!