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Join Trivers as We Race for the Cure

As many of you know, Amy Gilbertson and I have been doing Race for the Cure together for over 10 years to help honor our mothers who we each lost to breast cancer.

We both thought this was a great way to honor our mothers and this time together each summer allowed us to reflect on our past and to help ensure that other children wouldn’t have to deal with the loss of a mother.

Of course, life doesn’t always work out the way you think. We never imagined that, within one calendar year, three women connected to our Trivers family would be inflicted with this disease. Lisa Brinkmann, Lara Thiel, and Melissa Fuoss have all been battling stage II breast cancer over the past year and a half. These women are spouses, loved ones, mothers, and friends to all of us at Trivers and to many, many others.

I am extending an invitation for you to join us in the walk (you don’t have to run at all) not to just raise money for the Komen foundation, but as a time for us to support Lisa, Lara, and Melissa along with 60,000 others and walk in solidarity to honor those we’ve lost, and to celebrate these strong women and others who have faced this disease and have come through the other side as survivors.

If you can make it on June 13th, we’d love to be with each of you. We will send out meeting time and location details to the team prior to the race.

The deadline for joining our team is June 1st at noon. You can click on the link below to join or donate to our team and thank you for your support.

Team United

Thank you,
Joel

Posted by Joel Fuoss, AIA, LEED AP, Associate

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Starchitecture

I often wonder about the role “Starchitecture” plays in the profession of architecture. Everyone is intrigued with “Starchitecture” because it is different, it breaks new ground, and in that respect, it fulfills an important function for the profession. How else would the form of architecture advance and new ways of expressing function develop? After all, architecture must respond to changing technologies, materials and new forms of living, which are constantly advancing. New forms of expression with the way we live, work and play are constantly with us. While new forms of architecture are important to society, there are other equally important aspects of architecture that are constantly in play. As has been said, architecture is not frozen music. Architecture consists of architects, buildings and people all in a delicate interplay, that when choreographed together, can be extraordinarily beautiful.

An important part of the design process is programming the building. Programming is the part of the design process where everything about the building is determined. This would include a definition of every space in the building, its size, function, unique characteristics and interrelationship to other spaces. The most important component for the architect during the programming phase is listening, and understanding the physical space requirements as well as the psychological and emotional needs of the occupants. Creativity and the design concept should grow out of this fundamental understanding of the client’s needs in every respect. In order to achieve a successful program, the level of communication can often be intense, for in this process a high level of understanding is the ultimate goal. It has been said that the design of a building can only be as good as the program. It is because the program defines all aspects of the building, including function, and the function grows out of the specific needs of tenants, residents, or occupants. As long as you have deep empathy for the people you want to serve and they are at the center of the design process, the most successful buildings are usually achieved.

“Starchitecture”, because it is usually about breaking new ground more than it is about listening, is often deemed important but not necessarily successful. The real success in architecture occurs when ideation, the development of the design concept, grows out of careful listening and the basic needs of people and program are addressed.

Posted by Andrew Trivers, FAIA, Chief Executive Officer

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Goals, Not Limits

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3.5 days in Austin. What were we going to do? Traveling to a new city is exciting! There are a million things to see, places to visit, and foods to eat. On my recent trip to Austin, TX, I had to decide what was a high priority ‘must-see’ and what would have to wait until the next trip.

Goal 1: QUALITY TIME WITH FAMILY / EAT
The best way to make some quality time with those you care about? Eat food together. I love to travel; abroad and in the good ol’ US of A. I’ve been to art museums, science museums, history museums, national monuments, world heritage sites, gardens, palaces, theaters, natural wonders, and more art museums. Of course, Austin probably has some awesome museums, but this trip was about making the most of the short time we had to visit. Spending time talking, catching up, and laughing might best be done while enjoying food. And when you’re in Texas, ya might as well eat tex-mex, and eat tex-mex we did! Breakfast tacos, lunch tacos, dinner tacos, chicken tacos, pork tacos, brisket tacos, chorizo tacos, avocado and bacon tacos, green chili tacos, do you see a theme? This is a small sample of the tacos that were consumed.

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In addition to our taco tour of Austin, we couldn’t visit Texas without consuming barbecue and brisket. Being North Carolina born and raised: barbecue = pit-cooked pork. I am regularly reminded, by my husband, that this is not what barbecue means in other parts of the US. But that bbq discussion is for another day.

Everyone, from the travel guides to the strangers next to us on the plane, suggests Franklins for barbecue. It might be the best in the town, and the next time we’re there it might be on our ‘to-eat’ list. This trip we decided that there is plenty of brisket in Texas, and it would not be a wise use of our time to waste it standing in line. We hopped in the car and drove southwest to Driftwood. Our destination: The Salt Lick. It did not disappoint. Their brisket is YES. And on our way back to St Louis, we discovered a small food stand at the airport that served Salt Lick tacos. Yes, please, I’ll have two!

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Oh, we ate our way through Austin, which really means I got to spend a wonderful weekend with some of my favorite people.

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Goal 2: SWIMMING HOLE
Have you heard of Hamilton pool? It looks like an amazing place to cool off. Check out some pictures HERE. Sadly the pool was closed while we were visiting due to high bacteria levels. Wah-wah. What was your back-up plan? You ask. Well, it was Barton Springs. After a lovely bike ride along the Colorado River, a COLD 68˚ dip in the springs was a great second choice.

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It was a like being in a real life Georges Seurat painting. Only better.

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Goal 3: MUSIC
Yes, SXSW is in March, and yes, we purposely avoided SXSW, and booked flights for the weekend afterwards. We didn’t want to spend a whole trip tucked away in music halls, or smashed together with thousands of strangers. We will save that for our next trip to Austin. Dozens of big acts had just passed through for SXSW, but we were hoping to find some great shows that had more of the local flavor. Of course that wasn’t hard to find in a city like Austin. A memorable, musical last night in town, we spent it at the Continental Club, enjoying some authentic Texas Country and Rockabilly from the likes of Dale Watson, Rosie Flores, and James Intveld.

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Side note: If you’re in St Louis June 25th, I recommend going to see Dale Watson at Off Broadway.

Goal 4: SEE SOME ‘MUST-SEES’
When we weren’t stuffing our faces or listening to music, we were trying to see as much of Austin as we could: strolling and shopping along South Congress Ave and 1st Street, a whiskey [or 2] at Blackheart on Rainey Street, wandering around the University of Texas at Austin campus [below,left], hiking and biking along the Hike + Bike Trail, watching the nightly departure of the Congress Avenue Bridge Bats, and hunting for the Moonlight Towers. [below,right]

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A trip to Austin was 110 hours well spent.

Posted by Sarah Rogers, Architectural Designer