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Renzo Piano Meets Artists Downtown

Lately, New York and Texas have enjoyed a public love affair. Fresh graduates of important universities, tech types, and creatives circulate freely between the Big Apple and our state’s major urban hubs (the last group also makes the required pilgrimage out to Marfa, following the constant urging of The New York Times). The East Village was once home to a bar called Marfa, and now there’s the experimental venue Trans-Pecos in Queens; there’s also Javelina, a bistro in Gramercy Park that gives New Yorkers their first proper taste of queso. Here in Austin, we have the classy Weather Up on East…

Architects Talking to Architects: Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA

Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA, is a designer with Baldridge Architects in Austin. Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA – photo by Jessica Mills Where did you grow up? This is actually a hard question for me. My father is a professor of music, so we moved a number of times as his academic appointments changed. Both sides of my extended family live in Maryland, but I was born in New York City and spent two years on the Upper West Side. My elementary school childhood was in rural western Illinois, but I went to high school in Denton, Texas. Also, I spent two yearlong…

Invisible Aquatics

The Cascading Creek House sits at the end of a cul-de-sac with its eponymous waterway beyond. Standing at the top of the sloped site, Thomas Bercy of Bercy Chen Studio explained that because of its steep topography, the triangular property receives a great deal of runoff. This water is channeled through large drains in the curvy driveway and along a rocky passage on the north side of the house. Even in its site strategy, the project uses water management to explore the relationship between tech-nology and architecture.  The house, opening to the south, consists of two bars set at an angle to each other…

Snøhetta’s College Park Pavilion

The College Park Pavilion by Snøhetta is the most recent addition to the Park Pavilions of Dallas program. The initiative brings design talent into outlying or underprivileged areas to construct or renovate park shelters. The program is managed by the Director of Parks and Recreation Willis Winters, FAIA. (See his profile in the January/February 2014 issue of Texas Architect). Prior pavilions have been featured in this magazine, and most were designed by Texas architects with some notable out-of-state participation. To date, Snøhetta is the only international office involved. The park structure was initially the firm's second American commission after the National…