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University of Texas at Austin

September 21, 2011
Dr. Steven Moore's recent interdisciplinary book, Pragmatic Sustainability: Theoretical and Practical Tools, has been reviewed in the Journal of Planning Education and Research (31:3). The review concludes by saying, "Moore's useful and timely volume is a welcome contrast to the doom-and-gloom scenarios of environmental damages painted by many environmental writers. Readers are strongly encouraged to carefully read and revisit Moore's excellent introduction after completing the core chapters of the book. The effort will surely be rewarded with fresh insights and connections on the scientific, technical, and most importantly, the social significance of sustainability as part of an overall 'discourse through which we might imagine more hopeful futures.'"

Wilfried Wang, O'Neil Ford Centennial Professor of Architecture, presented a lecture at the Modern Art Museum in Stockholm on the "Future of Slussen," analyzing international trends in urban renewal and evaluating two proposals for the new bridge and public square between the old city, Gamla Stan, and the southern island, Södermalm, by Foster/Berg and Mats Edblom, et al.  Wang was quoted in the national newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet.

Dean Fritz Steiner is included in the author lineup for the 16th Texas Book Festival, which will take place in the Texas State Capitol and in downtown Austin the weekend of October 22-23. Steiner's featured book, Design for a Vulnerable Planet, was published in April 2011 by University of Texas Press. The Texas Book Festival was established in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, a former librarian and an ardent advocate of literacy.

Alterstudio Architects, LLP's Bouldin House is featured in the October 2011 issue of Dwell magazine in an article titled "This Is It. "Austin Home magazine's fall 2011 "Design" issue features the firm's Scout Island House, which will also be on the AIA Austin Homes Tour on October 1 and 2, 2011. Alterstudio includes Associate Dean Kevin Alter, Ernesto Cragnolino [B.Arch. & B.Arch.Eng. '97], Russell Krepart [M.Arch. '02], Tim Whitehill [B.Arch. '02], and Matt Slusarek [M.Arch. '05].

Associate Professor Carl Matthews and Caroline Hill, an assistant professor of interior design at Texas State University, have published an article, titled "Gay Until Proven Straight: Exploring Perceptions of Male Interior Designers from Male Practitioner and Student Perspectives," in the May 2011 edition of the Journal of Interior Design.

Assistant Professor Igor Siddiqui's work was included in the exhibit, "MATTER," at the Bakery Design Collective in San Diego, California. The exhibit explores material processes in the work of a group of innovative contemporary artists and architects, including FreelandBuck, Studiomake, and Oyler Wu Collaborative.

Siddiqui's essay, "Tessellated Floorscape: interior acts of production, siting and participation," will appear in the upcoming issueIDEA Journal, themed "Interior Ecologies: Exposing the Evolutionary Interior." The essay describes Siddiqui's ongoing project, "Tessellated Floorscape," in relation to the varied contexts within which it has been produced, exhibited, and experienced by the public. The IDEA Journal is one of only two international refereed journals dedicated to the publication of interior design/interior architecture research.

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