The Austin Convention Center provides the city with a venue for large gatherings and has significantly contributed to the economy of the downtown area. However, since its opening in 1992—and especially over the last ten years—the city has grown and changed significantly, thus altering the needs and expectations for its event spaces. Looking forward, there is the need to envision and evaluate strategic options that will enable the Convention Center to improve its competitive ability to host events and advance other civic and social goals articulated in city’s comprehensive plan and other planning documents.
This proposed study will assist City Council and staff in assessing options that will meet the City of Austin’s longer-term social and economic goals.
Statement of Inquiry
Can new, programmatic spatial configurations and economic models for urban convention centers be applied to Downtown Austin in a meaningful and community-based approach?
Team Members: Dean Almy, Carmen Garufo, Greg Hallman, Allan Shearer, Jake Wegmann, Sarah Wu and a team of graduate research assistants.