Waller Creek Designs Unveiled

Four finalists in a design competition to re-imagine downtown Austin's Waller Creek have unveiled their visions for 15 blocks along the creek, from Waterloo Park to Lady Bird Lake.The designs are ambitious, incorporating grand architectural flourishes and broad public spaces, all emphasizing a natural environment of water and trees. Any of the four designs, if built, would likely become instant destinations, on par with Manhattan’s High Line and Chicago’s Millennium Park.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Thomas Phifer & Partners
CMG and Public Architecture
Turenscape + Lake | Flato Architects
Ken Smith Landscape Architect, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects and Rogers Marvel Architects

By American-Statesman staff |

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Waller Creek Conservancy, which is running the design competition, hopes to contribute $60 million in private donations to help pay for the construction of the winning design. The city also plans to spend $60 million on refurbishing the creek. That’s in addition to the $146.5 million in city money for a flood-control tunnel under the creek that is expected to be completed in 2014. That will allow improvements along the creek, where development has long been restricted because the area lies within a flood plain.

The four finalists are CMG and Public Architecture; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Thomas Phifer & Partners; Turenscape and Lake/Flato Architects; and Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects and Rogers Marvel Architects. Each team consists of a landscape architecture firm and design architecture firm.

The design teams are scheduled to make presentations to the Austin City Council on Oct. 3. The conservancy will announce the winner on Oct. 18.
This week and next, the designs will be displayed at several locations around Austin:

Today through Sept. 30: Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.
Today and Wednesday: University of Texas School of Architecture, Goldsmith Hall, West Mall
Thursday and Friday: City Hall, 301 W. Second St.
Saturday: Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
Sunday and Monday: University Medical Center Brackenridge, 601 E. 15th St.
Sept. 25, 26: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Sept. 27: Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive
Sept. 28: Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E. 3rd St.
Sept. 29: Sustainable Food Center Farmers’ Market, Republic Square Park
Sept. 30: HOPE Farmers Market, 414 Waller St.



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