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The Architect's Newspaper

There is no such thing as bad publicity

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It's been three months since The Courthouses of Central Texas was released. Publishing a book is not like releasing a movie where you instantly know weather or not the endeavor has been a success. The process of selling books is much, much slower. My editor once told me that if the original run of 1,200 copies are sold out within three years, they will consider it a success. 

So that means I have a lot of selling to do. It also means I have to pace myself.

In addition to the various book signings and lectures I have planned, I also rely on reviews to help get the word out. A nice one was published a few days ago and Texas Architect ran one in their most recent issue. The Architect's Newspaper ran one last month which wasn't really a review of my book so much as it was an airing of the critic's own insecurities.

The next logical step of course is to seek out celebrity endorsements.


The Architecture of Fracking (The Sequel)

One of the things that I've noticed whenever I've written for a newspaper or magazine is that there is always a larger story that could be told. You can say a lot in 1,000 words, but there are invariably details, tangents and stray observations that have to be cut to create a tighter narrative. That's one of the reasons why I started The Works podcast so that some of these subjects could receive more attention in a slightly different medium. 

A case in point is the article I wrote for the newest addition of the Architect's Newspaper. It's a follow-up to a piece I wrote last year about the impact of the oil boom on the built environment of south Texas. That's a pretty narrow focus and as I was researching the topic I discovered plenty of other really interesting things about one particular town located in the heart of the Eagle Ford Play. The "bonus material" that didn't fit into the article became the basis  for the second episode of The Works, "A Tale of Two Cotullas."

There won't always be both a print and audio version of a particular story, but I'm finding it fascinating to learn what plays well in one medium versus another.

In the "Land of Cotton"

screen shoot courtesy The Architect's Newspaper

The print version of this article featuring our design for the High Cotton Center has been out for a few weeks now but the online version just recently went live.  Although it's still cool to see one's name in print, seeing it online alows many more people to see it as well.


We're #2

rendering by Erica Goranson

A few months a go my good friend (and former Lake|Flato colleague) Erica Goranson and I heard of a competition sponsored by The Architect's Newspaper to repurpose the now-abandoned Houston Astrodome.  We developed a concept where a hull structure would be built under the existing structure to create a seaworthy vessel capable of protecting and transporting the accumulated cultural resources of the city of Houston in a future scenario where rising sea levels required the costal city to be abandoned.  We won second place.


A recently rejected bond initiative that would have funded renovations to the structure means that the eighth wonder of the world will most likely be demolished, eliminating the possibility of our future scenario.