The South Central Waterfront is located opposite the Austin Central Business District across Lady Bird Lake - a coveted position close to the heart of everything that makes Austin unique. Yet, the neighborhood is today a disconnected hodge-podge of outdated office buildings, parking lots, and has limited residential availability. Despite its waterfront location, the vibrant recreational opportunities of the lake feel separated and distant.
The purpose of this studio practicum was to propose a redesign of the South Central Austin Waterfront. Fifteen students were divided into five groups of three and each group designed their own version of the waterfront. This video captures the building of the class model from the beginning of the semester to the final reviews in December.
Location: The University of Texas at Austin
Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015
BY COLEEN GENTLES
The studio design outputs and physical models were used by the City of Austin for the acutal South Austin Waterfront plan.
City of Austin' final plan won 2017 Award for Excellence in Sustainability from the American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division.