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19 April 2016
The Process, Part 1: So You've Decided to Hire a Designer
Maybe you've read our articles on right-sizing your house, renovating a historic property, or table design and thought to yourself "these guys sound like they know what they're talking about. I want them to work on my [fill in the blank]." Well, great. We're in. Please contact us. But if you have questions about the design and construction process, then this series of articles is for you. We're going to walk through the process of hiring a designer, designing your project, hiring and working with a contractor, and completion.
12 April 2016
Old Red Medical Museum Concept
As the first medical school west of the Mississippi, established in 1891, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston's (UTMB) history is compelling and unique, and the university has long wanted to establish a museum dedicated to its history and the anatomical samples which were historically used for teaching purposes. The chosen site for the museum is a building universally called Old Red, formally known as the Ashbel Smith Building. It is the first dedicated building at UTMB, and it housed the entirety of the university's teaching and adminstrative operations when it was built. It's also one of the most significant buildings in the state – it was designed by Nicholas Clayton and completed in 1891. Work5hop worked with a UTMB committee to develop a conceptual design and to perform an analysis of the space for its fitness as a museum. Read on for more.
24 March 2016
Brackenridge by the Numbers
Brackenridge Park is in the news a lot these days -- we're working on its first new master plan in over 30 years, the Brackenridge Park Conservancy is starting to gain steam, and there's a bond election coming up that could fund some transformative projects in the park. In spite of that, many people don't really know much about the city's most popular park. So here are some facts and figures that you might find surprising.
15 March 2016
How Big Should My House Be?
A lot of people these days are reconsidering where they live in the city and what the tradeoffs are for choosing center-city living in terms of affordable space. If you're thinking along those lines, read on for our thoughts about what's important in a smaller home.
12 February 2016
State of Work5hop: Year 1
It's been a year since Work5hop was founded. It's time to reflect on where we started, where we are, and where we're going. Most design firms don't assess progress on any kind of regular basis. Those which do certainly don't share it. We will. Why? We believe that trust is the very core of your relationship with us, whether you're our client, a consultant who works with us, or merely someone who is interested in who we are and what we're up to. Communicating openly about status and intentions is important in any relationship. So that's our intention.
15 January 2016
Opinion: The Public Realm
San Antonio has seen significant increases in property values over the past three years. That affects more than just your property tax: public policy adapts as well to address the changes in actual versus perceived land value. But dollars are only half of the equation for public entities. Just as important are how we want our city to develop and the kinds of places we want to create here. As a city, we should make decisions about public land which take quality of life into consideration, not just money. Read on for more thoughts.
12 December 2015
Stinson Field Control Tower
If you follow Work5hop on social media, you probably couldn't help but notice that we -- along with our teammate, Brantley Hightower of HiWorks Architecture -- won a recent competition to redesign a proposed new control tower at Stinson Field. This is a very important win for our firms, and we're honored to have been selected. We thought that the competition and our design might be worth an article to explain a bit more about both, plus a few words on where we go from here. Read on for more.
01 December 2015
Foodcraft: Roasted Vegetables
This is an easy one -- everyone knows how to roast vegetables, right? Well, not everyone knows just how easy it is. So here's a quick primer on the basics.
11 November 2015
Collateral Design: Principles
We could have started here, I suppose, in this resuscitation of Collateral Design with a series of writings about principles. But we didn't, mainly to give some context to this exchange, which lies at the heart of this series of back-and-forth about architecture, meaning, and philosophies about what we intend to accomplish with architecture.
15 October 2015
Historic Homes: Advanced Class
What, you thought it was that easy ? Nope. Those were just the basics. What, you've already bought the house? Well, good for you. Time to get serious about this. Unless you want to just hand the project off to someone else (like Work5hop!), historic preservation and renovation are hands-on, in-depth projects. Once you get deeply into it, you'll run across situations that you never imagined. I've tried to lay out a few of them here.
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