David Lake

David Lake
Partner at Lake|Flato Architects
San Antonio, TX

David Lake 

As more communities are going through redevelopment, existing historic fabrics and potential for future development are the two sides of the coin that must be looked at simultaneously.

During Master Planning: A holistic Look at building for the Past and the Future (H07), we will focus on the process of successfully transforming a deserted industrial district into a destination and a catalysts for urban revitalization. Using The Pearl Brewery redevelopment in San Antonio, Texas as a case study, the focus will be on four urban design principles:

  • Preservation and adaptive reuse of the historic building stock.
  • Strategically adding new structures within the historic fabric to generate new connections, complement existing buildings and create human scaled interstitial spaces.
  • Extend the project into the urban fabric using connectors such as roads, paths, or in this case, the Historic River Walk.
  • Planned phasing to ensure that the project at each phase can exist on its own

This session will look beyond the scope of this project and show how a well thought out and designed urban scale development can be a catalyst for densification and downtown revitalization. It starts with a master plan that has purpose. We will discuss what that means and the importance as a guiding element to the master planning efforts.

Why should you attend this session? We will present to you a variety of solutions and show what can be accomplished through thoughtful master planning. A major topic that we will address is maintaining and creating authenticity. People enjoy and gravitate towards places that are “authentic” and the success of an urban scale project could depend on its ability provide the authenticity that people desire. We want attendees of this session to learn what steps can be taken to preserve authenticity where historic fabric exists, and how new development can foster this sense of place.

Greenbuild Program Working Group member and residential sustainability advisor Pepper Smith says “As a builder I have worked on or within master plan communities. There were many times I found myself wondering why the same issues kept coming up that were never thought about during the planning stages. No one thought about these projects from start to finish in a big picture view beyond the basic entitlements. I think that this course will help us to start taking the time to look at the whole area and everything that affects it rather than constantly dealing with issues in the field that could have been prevented.”

I want attendees to hear about what an exciting experience it has been to watch a deserted part of the city transform into a major downtown destination. It has been fascinating to see, barely two years after completion of the second phase, what seems to be the entire city of San Antonio descend on The Pearl for the Saturday morning farmers market and for various public events such as the outdoor summer movie series. The project created an urban environment that didn’t exist in San Antonio before and residents are starting to rethink what is possible in their city. A downtown renaissance is now underway and this project was the catalyst.

Mr. Lake has a long-term commitment to sustainable design. Among many things he’s involved with, he is has served as the Chairman of the Texas AIA Natural Resources Committee. He was the design principal for the first LEED Gold project in Indiana. He served for five years on the San Antonio Master Plan Advisory Board, redirecting growth towards infill and neighborhood preservation. As a member of the Downtown Advisory Board, he worked to fulfill the Downtown Strategic Master Plan.

This session also features:

Jason Adam
Project Manager at Joeris General Contractors / San Antonio, TX