Baldridge Architects Office / Baldridge Architects

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Architects: Baldridge Architects
Location: Austin, TX,
Area: 1450.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Casey Dunn

Humorous Short Stories About Austin’s Madcap Growth

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Award-winning architect, writer, and professor David Heymann has just released his first work of fiction: My Beautiful City . Composed of seven humorous tales, the stories document the misadventures of a young architect in Austin and his accidental involvement in the slow decimation of his city’s charms. Unable to deter his clients from their poor choices, the well-intentioned designer finds himself complicit. Using fiction, Heymann paints a sharply dynamic picture of the architectural consequences of Austin’s rapid growth and “rediscovered allure.” Check out the book, here.

Tree House / Matt Fajkus Architecture

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Architects: Matt Fajkus Architecture
Location: Austin, TX,
Area: 257.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brian Mihealsick, Bryant Hill, Twist Tours

Lakeview Residence / Alterstudio Architecture

© Casey Dunn

Architects: Alterstudio Architecture
Location: Austin, TX,
Design Team: Kevin Alter, Ernesto Cragnolino, Tim Whitehill, Matt Slusarek, Jessica Connolly, Joanna Hartman
Collaborators: Mark Word Design
Area: 5900.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Casey Dunn, Whit Preston, Patrick Wong

The Color Inside / Overland Partners + James Turrell Skyspace

© Florian Holzherr

Architects: Overland Partners in collaboration with the artist James Turrell
Location: The University of Texas at Austin, 2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712,
Architect In Charge: Rick Archer, FAIA, LEED AP
Design Team: James Lancaster, AIA, LEED AP; Michelle Stedman, LEED AP; Jim Taylor, AIA, LEED AP
Area: 520.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Florian Holzherr, Paul Bardagjy, Fernando Ortega

SXSW Eco Names 15 “Place By Desgn” Finalists

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South by Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco) has announced the finalists in its second annual “Place by Design” competition, which celebrates “cutting-edge ideas in the reinvention of public space.” Held from the 6th-8th of October, the offshoot of the SXSW festival explores cutting edge solutions to the challenges of sustainability.

The Place by Design finalists include high profile proposals such as New York‘s +Pool or the Lowline, but also some lesser-known initiatives such as Dublin‘s temporary Granby Park. Read on after the break to see all 15 finalists.

Paramount Residence / A Parallel Architecture

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Architects: A Parallel Architecture
Location: , TX,
Architect In Charge: Eric Barth, Ryan Burke
Area: 2968.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Topher Ayrhart

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 Austin, 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 Austin faces as a fast-pace growing city. The discussion will also include tour to different architectural sites.

Title: (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: Austin, TX,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andrew Pogue

Block 21 / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: 200 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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

© Paul Bardagjy

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