A home tour followed the Marfa design symposium, so of course, I turned that and my trip into a garden tour. No photos were allowed inside, though there were many great ideas – I compensated outside.
Musical pairing from the Eagles – James Dean, of course! (unsure that album cover was designed by local Boyd Elder, but you can find out and why I picked that song…hint: Giant)
Some galleries of many things I enjoyed; hang on, it’s a big post –
miles and miles of Texas from a porch
how I like to start a day
rough study sketch, the first ideas for late afternoon shade and minimal containers…a little thanks to Billy for his place
Now, off to the actual design symposium and my other wanderings, when I should have been designing…..no way.
I paid dearly for this later…but it might pay off even more later.
I forgot to capture the presentation of the first speaker, both architects now based in Tucson (Dust).
But the next speaker was a fellow Carlsbad native, even the same high school, is now a Brooklyn-based architect. Kelly Armendariz went into his works, many are commercial renovations in the Big Apple, but not to be left out was his own Marfa home in progress.
Serious Desert SW representation!
let the symposium and tour begin
someone gets miles of far out west TX and the Chihuahuan Desert
inspired by place – physical geography
the borderland to Colorado – cultural geography
his own home
his courtyard admired by Martina the architect and Cherie the architect, two happy El Pasoans
I’m glad the hard work of Tucson’s Brad Lancaster defining what should underpin all our work, continues to become mainstream in urban and landscape design. He’s the same smiling and fired-up / yet laid back guy who I shared ciabatta bread and vino at my old ABQ house years ago, in my other life.
And some homes on the tour…
Brad nailing down economic benefits
tour home – wrong trees, but cool rock house
not on the tour, except mine – appealing home of designer Marlys Tokerud, who I’ll collaborate with soon…I can see her Montana roots in this
Tour home – could this Soapberry thicket benefit from water harvesting?
the back patio and oasis from inside
tour home – Jim Martinez is an LA, too
out back, towards those low, chunky mountains of the Trans Pecos
potted Dasylirion wheeleri at the end of their carport
a housing contest was put on by Design Marfa, with over 100 entries…Parisian designer Paul Vincent won, speaking with accomplished Dallas architect Sharon Odum
tour house – random planting out front with some wild west choices
the back patio…durable corrugated fencing, place to sit
young but hopeful plantings…spiky plants do seem to attract litter
Brad at the Friday party
The panel of architects, interior designers and engineer involved in a promising hotel being built by the railroad tracks in Marfa…the Hotel Saint George. A hotel actually stood on the same site decades ago.
Carlos Jimenez, Nunzio De Santis and Mary Alice Palmer, Larry Rickels
Mary Alice on the new 4 story hotel…I’m there once it opens
Nunzio on the variation of room layouts. plus the sunny community and bookseller spaces downstairs
giant Sapindus drummondii in front of retailers
famous boot-maker, cactus and desert grasses
the old Chilopsis linearis (R)
tour home – Kathy’s casita
out back, relaxed and appealing
nice, random grouping
Kathy’s own house not on the tour…fine ranch architecture, simple use of wildflowers and unified by mown native grasses
Inde/Jacobs gallery only on my tour…worth spending time inside…some very unique works
plant choices not my taste, but they work
negative space in back, then the finale of grasses and a clump of black pines
Carlos is someone I’ll collaborate with to a degree on an upcoming residence, while it turns out that Nunzio and Mary Alice are 2 of the 1200+ firm HKS whom I’m working with on health care projects in El Paso. A small world.
I’ll close out on parts of the symposium and my own tour related to being more bike and pedestrian-friendly…and upping the economic bar for any great place that’s proud of itself and its place. (pay attention El Paso and NM: no more wannabe, learn to be)
Gina Coffman is a west coast-based planner, landscape architect and cyclist…starting from the start
the new bike share prototype from Bike Marfa
and the bike stand out front of a fun project I’m working on, where we all decided the best place to park some of the shares
a small planting strip with native plants, some medicinal
nice arrangement being cultivated…
…by Freda, the nice woman working inside
Gina extolled home-grown places to walk, bike and linger – and not without tough plantings
next door to Marfa Public Radio…a contemporary take
I hope to post photos of the gardens from two years ago, at the last symposium, but the “day” job calls.
corner planting in the “cram-it” style…some *careful* pruning needed
one of the pocket parks in town
what do I spy?
happy Nolina nelsonii
part of a new project I was just awarded by a very interesting Houstonian
Opuntia lindheimeri…thinking how or if this might be pruned a touch
such character for he and his guests, soon
old Texas in a new way…a stately Pecan tree, grasses, yuccas
even more locals and near natives
See anything you like, or that could benefit from water harvesting and other best design practices?
I hope you enjoyed this mega-post, too!