Friday, April 5, 2024

Lake|Flato Investigations - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be

I am excited to share the latest Lake|Flato white paper, The Future Ain't What It Used To Be - Designing for a Changed Climate... a result of our self-funded research program called Investigations.

We hope this resource will benefit architects in designing a more resilient world.

keep reading to learn more...

In the near future, I will share a post giving an overview of the Investigations program, which I shepherd, here at Lake|Flato.

Congratulations to the team inspired to propose the topic and worked hard over the past year to bring this resource to life!

The team:


The architecture of Lake|Flato has always been a response to an informed understanding of the particular site, including a comprehensive assessment of historic climate data. With the advent of global climate change, however, we and architects generally must begin to integrate climate projections into our designs and provide for resilience to the impacts of climate change. 

This investigation provides a process for analyzing these potential climate impacts at a given site, communicating these with our clients, and assessing specific tactics for addressing each. Also included are case studies of Lake|Flato projects that have included climate resilience in the design process. 

This resource starts with an introduction to the problem, makes the case for resilient design, references other resources, outlines a design strategy, and presents several "working" and "implemented" case studies. The included appendix offers design tactics architects can employ for various risks assessed on a given project.

One "implemented" case study presented is The Lodge at Gulf State Park. The project is certified LEED Gold as well as the first FORTIFIED Commercial Building and the first SITES Platinum hotel in the world.

Link to Resource

Firm Presentation

In addition to the white paper, Investigations teams deliver a presentation to the firm on their findings. Here are a few photos from the team's August 2023 presentation. Side note: all of our meetings are hybrid, given our related office policy... the handheld microphone is connected directly to the Zoom meeting.

Stay tuned for more Investigations updates. To see other published works, click here.

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