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Field of Dreams

Architecture was once said to be technologically decades behind other constructive disciplines. Post-World War II mass production yielded the modern airliner for aviation, but Levittown for architecture. Now, thankfully, we’re catching up. Rapid prototyping soft- and hardware allow designers to directly test and manufacture at the human scale, from jewelry to complete building components. Our expanded tool kit arrives just as we’re also tasked with addressing our collective environmental crisis. These advances in fabrication and environmental investigation were key components of Field Constructs, a recent competition in Austin that featured four installations by talented, young designers. Field Constructs Design Competition…

FCDC Announces Four Winners

A buoyant chain of balloons wired with sensors floating above the landscape; a camouflaged canopy laser-cut from polished steel; a brightly-colored egg overgrown with grass; and a patterned root system fabricated on a digital lathe are the four 2015 Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) winners. Last November, FCDC invited emerging designers, architects, landscape architects, and artists to participate in a juried competition to design, fabricate, and install a site-specific intervention at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin. These final four projects capture the mission FCDC and marry experimentation with design innovation while uniquely addressing the history and ecology of…

FCDC + East Austin Studio Tour

Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) has announced that their 2015 installations will be the first special event of the East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) to occur south of the Colorado River.  The FCDC winners will be on display at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin’s Montopolis neighborhood on November 14–22. Phase One of the international design competition wrapped up earlier this summer with 18 projects honored as 2015 Jury Selection Finalists.  EAST is a free, self-guided tour that invites the public to discover a breadth of local and regional artistic talent on view in working studios, galleries, and public spaces. The 2015 event will occur…

FCDC Announces 18 Projects as Jury Selection Finalists

Temporary installations have become a potent medium for young architects and designers to explore new technologies, materials, and models of practice. Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) was conceived as an effort to bring attention to a peripheral landscape in East Austin by engaging the design community. "The core idea with the competition is to stage an encounter between local audiences and emerging regional, national, and international talent,” explains Igor Siddiqui, co-founder and co-director of FCDC. The site, Circle Acres Nature Preserve, a former landfill-turned-park in Austin, allows the participants to critically and creatively explore two sets of issues: (1) the capacity…

FCDC Releases Nature Preserve Site Photos

The deadline for early bird registration for the Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) is quickly approaching. Earlier this month, questions and answers were posted to the competition’s website, fieldconstructs.org. Pithy data, including links to soil reports and images of the site, the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin, were included in the document. The site — a former quarry, turned landfill, now nature preserve — encompasses four ecologies: paths, grassland/landfill, wetland, and forest. The images released are striking and show how the topography changes from areas of dense vegetation to open prairie. Several photos are included below; more are available via the FCDC Dropbox folder.  The Field Constructs Design Competition…