SXSW Features Parametric Vault Designed by OTA+ and UT Students

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If you made it to South By Southwest (SXSW) in this year there is a good chance you were drawn to this 11-foot, steel vaulting structure known as Caret 6. Designed by OTA+ principle Kory Bieg and his 2013 design-build studio from the University of Texas’ (UT) Austin School of Architecture, the CNC-fabricated structure was originally conceived to exhibit the prototypes and winning project from the TEX-FAB’s 2013 SKIN Competition before being reassembled as part of the Next Stage and Renegade Craft Fair at the annual interactive, music, and film festival. Grounded by a central catenary vault, the diamond-celled structure supports two cantilevering arms and a third cascading vault that forms a base for showcasing exhibition content. 

More information from the design team, after the break…

Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) 2014 Annual Conference

More than 600 scholars and professionals are expected at the 67th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) at , Texas. For four days between April 9 and April 13, historians, city planners, civic leaders, preservationists, landscape architects, architects and more will discuss the issues that faces as a fast-pace growing city. The discussion will also include tour to different architectural sites.

Title: Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) 2014 Annual Conference
Website: http://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/2014-conference-austin
Organizers: Society of Architectural Historians
From: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 
Until: Sun, 13 Apr 2014
Venue: Hyatt Regency Austin
Address: 208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704,

See the complete press release after the break.

Topfer Theatre at ZACH / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: , TX, USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andrew Pogue

Block 21 / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: 200 Lavaca Street, , TX 78701,
Design Team: Arthur Andersson, Chris Wise, Catherine Craig, Leland Ulmer, Christopher Sanders, Laura McQuary, Robin Bagley Logan
Architect Of Record: BOKA Powell
Contractor: Austin Building Company
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Area: 18000.0 ft2
Photographs: Andrew Pogue, Art Gray, Tom McConnell, Jonathan Jackson

House in Austin / Jadric Architektur

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Architects: Jadric Architektur
Location: Austin, TX,
Architect In Charge: Mladen Jadric
Design Team: Li Jie, Edin Velic, Mak Krankl
Partner Architect: Eric Gonzales, sago international
Area: 320 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Bardagjy

TEX-FAB Skin: Digital Assemblies

TEX-FAB extends its reach to Austin, this year adding the University of Texas School of Architecture as a member organization. In doing so, the UT SOA is supporting the largest and most complete event to date with Michel Rojkind as our Keynote lecture with 6 speakers and 4 moderators. Moderators will delve into techniques to highlight the differences between working methods, while within the workshops, session leaders will further develop those topics as functional methods for the production of design solutions.

As an intensely focused symposium which expands the workshop offerings from Grasshopper, Revit to Processing and newer productive methods, the scope and range is truly substantial. In addition the UT SOA will concurrently exhibit the SKIN competition fabricated winner and entries. SKIN is generously supported by the A. Zahner Co. in the fabrication of 3xLP by Christopher Romano and Nick Bruscia.

For more information and registration, please click here.

Title: Skin: Digital Assemblies
Website: http://www.tex-fab.net/event/tf5/
Organizers: TEX-FAB
From: Wed, 19 Feb 2014
Until: Sun, 23 Feb 2014
Venue: UT School of Architecture
Address: 310 Inner Campus Drive, The University of at Austin, Austin, TX 78705, USA

Trail Restroom / Miro Rivera Architects

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Architects: Miro Rivera Architects
Location: Lady Bird Lake Trail, , TX, USA
Area: 70.0 sqm
Photographs: Paul Finkel, Courtesy of , Paul Bardagiy

Pedestrian Bridge / Miró Rivera Architects

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Architects: Miró Rivera Architects
Location: , TX, USA
Area: 80 sqm
Photographs: Paul Finkel

Circuit of The Americas / Miró Rivera Architects

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Architects: Miró Rivera Architects
Location: Circuit of the Americas Boulevard, , TX 78617,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Finkel | Piston Design, Circuit of the Americas, Tomas Segura, Ted Parker, Jr. | Circuit of the Americas, Steve Colburn, Courtesy of Miró Rivera Architects, Dorna Sports, Michael Hsu | Miró Rivera Architects

UT Visual Arts Center / Lake|Flato Architects

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Architects: Lake|Flato Architects
Location: LBJ Library, The University of at Austin, Austin, TX 78705, USA
Area: 30000.0 ft2
Year: 2009
Photographs: Frank Ooms,

Edgeland House / Bercy Chen Studio

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Architects: Bercy Chen Studio
Location: , Texas,
Design Team: Thomas Bercy, Calvin Chen, Dan Loe, Ryan Michael, Brad Purrington, Agustina Rodriguez
Area: 1,400 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Paul Bardagjy

MVVA and Thomas Phifer to transform Austin’s downtown with Waller Creek redesign

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(MVVA) and Thomas Phifer & Partners have been announced as winners of an international competition set to transform 15 blocks of the neglected Waller Creek in downtown Austin, , into a vibrant local attraction. Co-sponsored by the nonprofit Waller Creek Conservancy and the City of Austin, the ambitious project intends to spearhead redevelopment within the city’s central business district with the 1.5 mile urban scheme that represents approximately 11 percent of Austin’s downtown.

“Today, we glimpse a transformation of Austin through a new community gathering place. This design team selection illustrates our City’s desire for great civic space, unique culture and opportunity for interaction with nature,” Austin Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole said during the City Hall announcement. “We look forward to each new milestone of this development.”

Video: The Junk King

The Junk King – Vince Hannemann - has spent much of his life constructing the Cathedral of Junk in , TX. In 2010, the City of requested a building permit and Vince was forced to tear down nearly half of his creation. Despite this traumatic event and with the help of many supporters, Vince was still able to keep the Cathedral alive and continue its legacy.

Directed: Evan Burns
Cinematography: Garyle Morgan & Mitzi Morrow
Produced: Eduardo Tobias

West Lake Hills Residence / Specht Harpman

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Architects: Specht Harpman
Location: , Texas, USA
Project Team: Specht, Louise Harpman, Sheryl Jordan, Brett Wolfe
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5500.0 sq ft
Photographs: Casey Dunn, Taggart Sorensen, Meg Mulloy, Scott Specht

Riverview Gardens Residence / Bercy Chen Studio

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Architect: Bercy Chen Studio
Location: ,
General Contractor: Bercy Chen Studio
Area: 2,000 sqf each
Photographs: Bercy Chen Studio

Cascading Creek House / Bercy Chen Studio

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Architects: Bercy Chen Studio
Location: , Texas, USA
Interior Design: Alan Cano Interiors
Builder: Spencer Construction Management
Lighting Design: Recht Lighting
Structural Engineer: Conrad Engineering
Area: 6,118 sqm
Photographs: Bercy Chen Studio

1111 / Bercy Chen Studio

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Architect: Bercy Chen Studio
Location: , , USA
General Contractor: Bercy Chen Studio LP
Construction Manager: Bercy Chen Studio LP
Area: 10,000 sqm
Photographs: Bercy Chen Studio

Annie Residence / Bercy Chen Studio

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Architect: Bercy Chen Studio
Location: , Texas,
General Contractor: Bercy Chen Studio
Area: 19,000 sqm
Photographs: Bercy Chen Studio