Lean-Integrated Project Delivery: A story of How

@ VOL 11 ON JUN 06, 2017

Zofia discusses methods of group project success.


What the Viz?

@ VOL 11 ON JUN 06, 2017

Visualization is a term that seems to pop up every spring around the Brazos Valley. Why do we hear it so often and what does it mean? Many people have a view of a part of the puzzle. Come along on a short journey beyond Webster’s to our creative universe and get all the answers to the question: What the Viz?


Designing a Future

@ VOL 11 ON JUN 06, 2017

The Power of decision making 

How technology is changing the Job market for current college students- Thinking in an exponential manner 

Difference between Generation X social interactions and Millennial (Facebook vs. Twitter) 

Lost art of conversation

Nutrition- Genetic testing  

Podcasting/ Self Education- Time to be feeding your brain while doing other activities: Driving, working out, walking to class.

(Power of echoic retention)

Passion meets your skill set

Constant learning 

IQ, EQ, and SQ 

Plans to solve homeless population issues in Austin Texas


Incremental Development and the Future of the City

@ VOL 11 ON JUN 06, 2017

So much of the real estate industry is extractive, where far-away investors mine the value from properties that line our streets. We are working toward a more generative real estate model, where local people can invest in their own neighborhoods and in that process, create new life and value that benefits their community. The kind of places we want to live in are built and maintained by people who really love them.


However, even beloved and successful places are at risk. We all know stories of boom and bust. Buildings, neighborhoods, cities are all put under great stress in times of fast economic change, whether growth or decline. At the local level, the best way we know to protect against the negative impacts of both growth and decline is this: spread the risk and the reward. We need more neighborhood-based small developers creating buildings that can adapt in times of trouble.


Scale makes all the difference. The small-scale developer is limited by their size to a certain scope of project. They don’t have the team or the resources for mega-developments; they need to stick with small, simple buildings in a fairly concentrated area so they can easily keep an eye on things. Instead of large apartment blocks or a subdivision of single-family homes, small developers are more likely to build duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, live-work buildings, backyard cottages etc.—perfect for adapting neighborhoods on a lot-by-lot basis.These buildings are too small for a conventional developer whose profits depend on an economy of scale. Small developers depend on economies of resourcefulness and relationships, and that economic model is what makes small developers so adaptable in times of trouble.


This country is covered with inspiring precedents of buildings that punch above their weight, giving back to the city through taxes, to the neighborhood through street appeal, and to the owner through a positive cash flow. Across the country, communities are realizing that big developers cannot be induced to come build the neighborhoods they want. No one is coming to save them from the status quo. They’ve got to do it themselves.


Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: The Importance of Archival Images

@ VOL 11 ON JUN 06, 2017

In this presentation, Michael Kellett emphasizes the volatile nature of today’s digital media and the importance of traditional silver-based photographic materials for the long-term storage, archiving and sharing of important images.


Ice House on Main - Heritage Preservation in Support of Community Development

@ VOL 10 ON FEB 28, 2017

Jose Quintana discusses AdventGX's heritage preservation model - a process that leverages a community centric mix of entrepreneurship, the arts, and science in support of the development of sustainable heritage preservation. The model is market demand driven along three sustainable development vectors: financial, social and environmental.

This conservative approach to community development uses behavioral and experimental economics to mitigate risks and lower barriers to entry when embarking on new heritage preservation initiatives, not only in underserved urban communities but also in rural settings where heritage based assets are particularly important contributors to quality of life improvements.


The History of Film as It Pertains to Buster Keaton

@ VOL 10 ON FEB 28, 2017

"I'm speaking about Buster Keaton because that's really all that really matters."

Jennifer Hargis talks about the origins of motion pictures and of Buster Keaton up to WWII, as well as the rise in popularity of both.  She also talks about how film influenced Keaton and Keaton influenced film. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 10th, 2017. 


The Secret Religion of Americas' Leaders

@ VOL 10 ON FEB 28, 2017

Aaron Stockwell looks at several well-known men and women from American history, and examines how their religious beliefs influenced their contributions to American progress.


Hand Drumming Is Fun and Good for You

@ VOL 10 ON FEB 28, 2017

Annalea Verchinsky talks about the benefits of hand drumming, which range from pure enjoyment to helping with relaxation, lowering blood pressure and reducing stress.


MOTION + eMOTION: The Aesthetics of Movement in Architecture

@ VOL 10 ON FEB 28, 2017

"Normally when we think about building, we think of them as static objects, but why?"

In MOTION + eMOTION: The Aesthetics of Movement in Architecture from PechaKucha Night Bryan Vol. 10, Negar Kalantar explores the concept of transformability as a novel architectural design tool. In her work, motion itself is the design intention. Her creations take advantage of both the perceptual and functional qualities that movement can offer.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 31st, 2017. 


Design, Decay and Recomposition of the Created

@ VOL 9 ON NOV 29, 2016

Evan Ballowe discusses how, as humans, our lives exist in a state of perpetual renewal and transformation. We learn new things, have new experiences, our ideas and perspectives change, time modifies our bodies and age affects our priorities. We are not now who we once were nor who we will one day be, we are persistent only in the inherent beauty of existence. Evan feels that this constant flux and innate splendor is paralleled in the physical world around us, that even as elements degrade beyond their intended function, their usefulness and appeal remain. His work reflects upon the unarticulated potential of discarded objects into new functions and uncommon forms.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 5th, 2017.


Which Superhero Are You? Discovering Your Personal Brand

@ VOL 9 ON NOV 29, 2016

Brad Dressler believes that every hero is different and so is every person. Everyone has a personal brand. He discusses personal brands and how your brand shapes perception of yourself.