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Walk the Talk—Tour and Panel Discussion of "Missing Middle" Housing in Austin, TX

Walk the Talk—A talk and tour for people interested in learning more about “missing middle” housing in Austin. Join us for a panel discussion and self-guided tour of "missing middle" housing types—such as duplexes, fourplexes, courtyard housing, and accessory dwelling units—in the Blackland and Cherrywood neighborhoods. Our expert panel represents varied perspectives on the subject. After a Q&A session, participants can easily bike or walk to the missing middle sites in the neighborhood. We welcome you to join the conversation!

Resignation Media / Chioco Design

  • Designer: Chioco Design
  • Location: Austin, TX, USA
  • Designer in Charge: Jamie Chioco, Vanessa Francis
  • Area: 1086.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Casey Dunn

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Chinmaya Mission Austin / Miró Rivera Architects

  • Architects: Miró Rivera Architects
  • Location: Austin, TX, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Juan Miró, FAIA LEED AP Miguel Rivera, FAIA LEED AP
  • Project Manager: Ken Jones, AIA LEED AP
  • Team Members: Spencer Cook,
Bud Franck, Matthew Helveston, Michael Hsu,
Shane Pavonetti, Edward Richardson
  • Area: 4185.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Paul Finkel | Piston Design

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College of Liberal Arts / Overland Partners

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Student Activity Center / Overland Partners + WTW Architects

  • Architects: Overland Partners, WTW Architects
  • Location: The University of Texas at Austin, 2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712, USA
  • Design Team: Rick Archer, FAIA, LEED AP, Michelle Stedman, LEED AP, Jim Taylor, AIA, LEED AP, Frederick Williams, Fernando Ortega, Joshua Newton, Carolyn Warren, Rebecca Schenker, AIA
  • Area: 156000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Chris Cooper, Fernando Ortega, Florian Holzherr, Paul Bardagjy

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Baldridge Architects Office / Baldridge Architects

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Humorous Short Stories About Austin's Madcap Growth

Award-winning architect, writer, and professor David Heymann has just released his first work of fiction: My Beautiful City Austin. 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.

The Color Inside / Overland Partners + James Turrell Skyspace

  • Architects: Overland Partners, James Turrell Skyspace
  • Location: The University of Texas at Austin, 2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712, USA
  • 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
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Florian Holzherr, Paul Bardagjy, Fernando Ortega

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SXSW Eco Names 15 "Place By Desgn" Finalists

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.

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Paramount Residence / A Parallel Architecture

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SXSW Features Parametric Vault Designed by OTA+ and UT Students

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From the architect. If you made it to South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin 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.

See the complete press release after the break.

Topfer Theatre at ZACH / Andersson Wise Architects

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Block 21 / Andersson Wise Architects

  • 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

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House in Austin / Jadric Architektur

  • Architects: Jadric Architektur
  • Location: Austin, TX, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Mladen Jadric
  • Design Team: Li Jie, Edin Velic, Mak Krankl
  • Partner Architect: Eric Gonzales, sago international
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Paul Bardagjy

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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.