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Standing Up to the Strip Mall

Located on the southeast side of Austin and nestled near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the Met Center is a growing mixed-use business park. Full of hotels and offices, the center also has green space that includes a disc golf course and trails for hiking and biking. The Met Retail building, designed by Studio 8 Architects, is situated at the entry to the Met Center site at the intersection of Highway 71 and Riverside Drive. According to Milton Hime at Studio 8, “Howard Yancy of Zydeco Development wanted something unique because it was the last parcel of land and the most visible.…

Pioneering Shopping Malls

The retail shopping center is a familiar fixture of the American suburban landscape. Its ubiquity today obscures the fact that it represents a distinct architectural typology that has only recently emerged. It is a curious fact of history that many of the defining innovations of retail architecture originated in Texas. This is partially due to the fact that Texans embraced the automobile earlier than the rest of the country. Developers and the architects they teamed up with saw the uniqueness of the emerging urban condition and endeavored to create an appropriate architectural response that was later exported to the rest…