Ted Flato: "Build Smart, Build Simple"

Pick up a copy of Lake/Flato Houses: Embracing the Landscape, a 300-page photography book showing some of the architectural design group's spectacular environmentally friendly home designs, and it's easy to sigh and say, "Well, if I had a million dollars, I could have a beautiful house like that, too." That's missing the point, says Ted Flato, in town on Thursday to sign copies of the University of Texas Press release.

"The book is about encouraging people, everyone from architects to clients, to do architecture building smartly, building simply and creating outdoor spaces that allow you to appreciate the outdoors and use less energy. A lot of the houses in the book are expensive, yes, but they're not good because they're expensive. The reality is that sometimes people have all the money in the world and they do absolutely horrible things. Lots of the elements that we use on these houses can apply to other, more modest houses."

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Olivia Flores Alvarez