A Brutal Redesign: Reimagining HemisFair's Modern Buildings
Design charrette: Saturday, April 13, 9am-4pm at the Center for Architecture at the Pearl, 200 E Grayson, Ste. 110
Reception: Tuesday, April 16, 5:30-7:30pm at 102 Navarro (the former Alaskan Palace)
Imagine a new future for HemisFair's brutalist buildings with the Emerging Professionals Committee of the San Antonio Chapter of the AIA.
Saturday, April 13, drop in on a day-long design charrette, as local architects problem-solve and dream up new possibilities for the John H. Wood Courthouse and the Institute for Texan Cultures – former 1968 HemisFair pavilions whose size and contours challenge contemporary visions for the redevelopment of the World's Fair site in the heart of downtown San Antonio.
View the results at a happy-hour reception Tuesday, April 16, at the Conservation Society's Alaskan Palace. The results will be viewable in the Alaskan Palace windows through April 30.
Architects interested in participating in the charrette can contact Erica Gagne (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rebecca Sibley (email@example.com) for a packet.
Events are free and open to the public. The reception is made possible by the support of the San Antonio Conservation Society.
Building Out of SA's Comfort Zone
Wednesday, February 20, 7-9pm at the Holt Center for Continuing Education at Trinity University
A conversation about supporting innovative architecture and landscape design in SA
Join Trinity University Press, City Design Center, imagineSanAntonio, NOWCastSA and Plaza de Armas for a conversation about SA's skyline and built environment. Architects, developers and city planners will discuss the obstacles, opportunities and latest trends that hinder or enable creative urban design. Trinity University Press Associate Director and PdA columnist Tom Payton will moderate. Panelists include Mark Brodeur of the City of San Antonio's City Design Center, Irby Hightower of Alamo Architects, Dan Markson of NRP Group, Anita Devora, executive director of Build San Antonio Green, and Timothy Cone, Chairman of the Historic Design and Review Commission. Free and open to the public. Made possible by the generous support of Big Grass Living, Centro Properties and Briones Consulting and Engineering.
Please RSVP here!
Five-Minute Food Revolutions!
Tuesday, July 24, 6-8pm at Aldaco's at Sunset Station
Join Savor SA, NOWCastSA and Plaza de Armas to watch San Antonio's food revolution in motion: Ten local visionaries will give short presentations about how they're changing the way we eat and think about food in South Texas.
Stars of the table include Chad Carey of The Monterey, Marianna Peeler of Peeler Farms, Sameer Siddiqui of Rickshaw Stop, Saundra Winokur of Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, Mike Behrend of Green Vegetarian Cuisine, Susan Jaime of Ferra Coffee, Tim the Girl of the Special Projects Social pop-up events, Blair Condon of Green Spaces Alliance, Troy Knapp of the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, and Kelley Escobedo of South Texas Heritage Pork. Blanca Aldaco will emcee!
Doors open at 6 p.m. for snacks provided by Aldaco's and drinks at the cash bar. Presentations begin at 6:30. After the presentations we'll take questions from the audience, so come hungry and curious. NOWCastSA will document the event.
This event is made possible by our sponsors: Aldaco's at Sunset Station, Briones Engineering & Consulting, 140Fred. Culinary Culture, and Alamo Beer.
Run-offs & Showdowns: the Texas primaries
Thursday, June 28, 2012, 6:30-8pm at Aldaco's at Sunset Station
Join Plaza de Armas and NOWCastSA for a Texas elections dish and analysis session with SA's top campaign brains: Christian Archer, Kelton Morgan, and Christian Anderson. Doors open at 6:30pm; panel begins promptly at 7. Appetizers courtesy of our host, Aldaco's; cash bar. Thanks to our sponsors Aldaco's at Sunset Station and Briones Engineering. Free and open to the public. RSVP here.
Miss this event? Watch the video here.
PREVIOUS SPRING/SUMMER 2012 FORUMS
Special Spring Forum with Build San Antonio Green!
Sunday, May 20, 2012, 2-4 pm at the Liberty Bar at the Convent
Please join us Sunday, May 20, at the Liberty Bar (1111 S. Alamo) for Green Lifestyles in Historic Neighborhoods, featuring Shanon Peterson of the Office of Historic Preservation, homeowner and renovator Scott Martin, and builder Juan Fernandez.
We'll discuss renovating older homes and commercial spaces to make them more energy efficient and sustainable, new green construction in historic neighborhoods, inner-city resources and more. Bring your ideas, experiences, and questions (and photos!). A Q&A with the audience follows the panel discussion. Fantastic finger food by Liberty Bar; cash bar.
Sponsored by Build San Antonio Green, the Liberty Bar, Aldaco's at Sunset Station, Briones Consulting & Engineering and Big Grass Bamboo.
Panel discussions are followed by open Q&A with the audience. Food generously provided by our sponsor, Aldaco's at Sunset Station. Cash bar. Free and open to the public.
Watch the NOWCastSA video here.
Fans of last month's City Council vote to consider down-zoning two large properties to stop development opposed by neighbors hailed it as a turning point in a city environmental activists have long complained was too developer friendly. Critics claimed it could threaten economic growth by scaring off investors. Join us for a conversation about finding the balance between quality of life, community concerns and property rights, with District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, District 3 Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna, District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules and County Commissioner (and former D9 Councilman) Kevin Wolff. Aldaco's at Sunset Station will host (the
appetizers are excellent); cash bar. Doors open at 6:30pm, panel begins promptly at 7. Free parking on in the lot on Hoefgen. Please RSVP here.
Not to get overly excited about economic benefits spinning out of the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas, but … Since the oil and gas play came to life four years ago, San Antonio has netted thousands of oilfield-services jobs, and public officials hope to see more energy-industry professionals – the engineers and geologists – working from here, as well as related financial industries. Meanwhile, SA families that own land in the 24-county region are collecting millions from lease deals with exploration companies. Where will they spend this new money? What are San Antonio's long-term jobs and industry prospects? Considering the environmental and public-health uncertainties surrounding fracking, how sustainable is this new wealth? We'll tackle these questions and more at our next Readers Forum on February 21 at Aldaco's at Sunset Station from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Panelists will include Mario Hernandez, president of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation; writer and leaseholder Bill Sibley; and Tom Tunstall, director of UTSA's Center for Community and Business Research, which has been following the play's economic ripples across the region.
Watch the NOWCastSA video coverage here.