"Muslin-draped bathing houses float at the foot of gardens, and the limpid little stream is in high favor as a refuge during the heated term." Frank H. Taylor, "A Journey through Texas," Harper's New Monthly Magazine, October 1879.

Water in Cities

November 20, 2023
Associate Professor Michael Holleran considers public space through the lens of water, exploring the systems that make and shape cities, and the expressions of water in landscape and culture. This article originally appeared in the 2023-2024 edition of Platform, "Civics and Placemaking."
An anxonometric rendering of the Multispecies Lounge project

Multispecies Lounge 

November 20, 2023
Multispecies Lounge was created by Associate Professor Nerea Feliz and Joyce Hwang, of the University at Buffalo, through their artistic practice Double Happiness. The temporary piece was part of an exhibition by The Bentway offering a series of installations, performances, conversations, and events that considered how urban nature and the built environment can co-exist in new ways to improve public spaces in the city. This article originally appeared in the 2023-2024 edition of Platform, “Civics and Placemaking."
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Alum Profile: Tatum Lau

November 20, 2023
Community and Regional Planning and Urban Design dual degree alumna Tatum Lau discusses the importance of public space and how we, as designers and planners of the built environment, can challenge inequities and contribute to more healthy and resilient communities. This article originally appeared in the 2023-2024 issue of Platform, "Civics and Placemaking."
2023-2024 issue of Platform held up in the garden outside the Blanton Museum of Art looking out towards the Texas State Capitol

2023–2024 Issue of Platform Explores How the UT School of Architecture Contributes to the Creation of Places that Foster Civic Life

November 20, 2023
With essays spanning the school’s disciplines, this year’s magazine considers the role that planning and design practices play in imagining an accessible and vibrant public sphere within Austin and beyond.
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The Civics of a Just Transition

November 20, 2023
Associate Professor Michael Oden and Assistant Professor Miriam Solis illuminate a recent research effort they led alongside Assistant Professor Katherine Lieberknecht that aimed to integrate sustainable placemaking with the drive to expand climate justice and the green economy. This article originally appeared in the 2023-2024 edition of Platform, “Civics and Placemaking.”
Lauren Rottet stands against a red background with pom-pom garlands draped over her body

Donor Profile: Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA

November 20, 2023
School of Architecture alumna and Founding Principal of Rottet Studio, Lauren Rottet, gives back to the place where it all began through an endowed Texas Challenge Scholarship. This article originally appeared in the 2023-2024 issue of Platform "Civics and Placemaking."
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In Support of Transgressive Practices: Cultivating New Landscape Imaginaries

November 20, 2023
Assistant Professor Maggie Hansen explores the ways in which landscape architects can shape social and ecological relationships by embracing "transgressive practices" that exhibit a deep commitment to place. This article originally appeared in the 2023-2024 edition of Platform, "Civics and Placemaking."
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Alum Profile: Kevin Jeffery

November 19, 2023
Master of Landscape Architecture alumnus Kevin Jeffery discusses the importance of nature-based public spaces and his professional focus on waterscape quality, design, and planning. This article originally appeared in the 2023-2024 issue of Platform, "Civics and Placemaking."
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Meet Liang Wang, Assistant Professor of Urban Design

November 16, 2023
To welcome Liang Wang to the School of Architecture and the Urban Design Program, we caught up with him to learn more about his research, interests, and background.
Students smiling at the camera as they hold up their Excellence in Wood Design Award from the Texas Forestry Association

Students Receive Excellence in Wood Design Award

October 26, 2023
An outdoor learning center designed by students in Coleman Coker's Gulf Coast DesignLab studio was recognized by the Texas Forestry Association for excellence in wood design.
Several children climbing on and interacting with a vibrantly colored set of arches at the Wildflower Center's Fortlandia

Monkey Bar Fort on Display at Fortlandia

October 20, 2023
Assistant Professor Ria Bravo’s design for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's Fortlandia pays homage to the classic playground staple: monkey bars.
A model of a complex three-dimensional puzzle comprised of different colored and textured materials

Puzzling Forms of Assembly

October 19, 2023
An Advanced Design Studio led by Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu, and Paul Germaine McCoy challenged students to reconsider and expand the design process by prioritizing model-making and methods of assembly.
Radical Middle Grounds event poster featuring the words "Radical Middle Grounds" in green laid on top of a green aerial rendering of a cluster of housing units

Symposium Explores Transformative Potential of Medium-Density Housing

October 11, 2023
Radical Middle Grounds will bring architects, historians, urban designers, and economists together for a day of conversations about housing forms and processes in the middle grounds between (suburban) house and (urban) apartment.
Rendering of a supertall skyscraper seen in the forefront of the image along the waterfront of Lady Bird Lake

Austin supertalls "not really dealing with the problems" of the city

October 6, 2023
Urban Design Professor Dean Almy spoke with Dezeen about the implications of Austin's supertalls for the city.
Grid of the 23 Texas Society of Architects' 2023 Design Award winning projects

Texas Society of Architects Design Awards

October 6, 2023
Texas Society of Architects recognizes projects by Professor Kevin Alter and Professor Juan Miró’s respective architectural practices.
Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla sitting in his office in front of a bookshelf with a 3D-printed object on the desk in front of him

Ibarra-Sevilla Appointed Associate Director of Research Initiatives for LLILAS

October 5, 2023
A longtime collaborator with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), Associate Professor Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla will support the institute’s research initiatives and expand the School of Architecture’s cross-campus collaborations.
Six rectangular samples of Wolf Hilbertz's biorock technology in a box. The largest is on the left, with five smaller pieces on the right.

Work by Former Professor Wolf Hilbertz at the MOMA

October 4, 2023
The Museum of Modern Art’s new exhibition, “Emerging Ecologies: Architecture and the Rise of Environmentalism,” includes Hilbertz’s biorock technology from the 1970s.
Juana Salcedo and three other scholars sit on stage in yellow chairs in front of a projection screen.

Longhorns at FILUNI Address Environmental, Journalistic, Architectural Possibilities

October 2, 2023
Texas Global looks at several School of Architecture panels from the FILUNI Book Fair & Conference earlier this fall, including conversations with Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla, Juana Salcedo, Kory Bieg, Ria Bravo, and Clay Odom.