Texas Architect July/Aug 2011: Placemaking
The July/August 2011 edition explores the theme of “placemaking” through feature projects designed to foster a sense of a greater whole instead of just a single building. Such a comprehensive approach to architecture requires a concerted effort to understand what works best for a neighborhood, an urban center, or an isolated development. Feature articles spotlight the Wylie Municipal Complex, the Omni Hotel and Residences in Fort Worth, the City of Grand Prairie’s The Summit, the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Bayou Bend, and the Byrne-Reed House in Austin. Other articles include a commentary on the loss of the idyllic greenspace in front of the Kimbell Art Museum now that construction is underway to expand the museum, plans for new bayfront development in Corpus Christi, and the architectural improvements brought to tiny Albany due to its up-and-coming arts scene.
S I D E H E A D H E R E Plans for Destination Bayfront include a promenade running jus t inland from the beach and replacing North Shoreline Boulevard. Intended as the developmentâ€™s â€œMain Street,â€? it will connect destination points while offering opportunities for people to rest along the way or participate in recreational activities. The promenade will be designed to accommodate different types of transportation and levels of use at various times, sometimes only pedestrians and slow moving bicycles or vehicles such as a small golf carttype tram or trolley at other times. 7 / 8 2 0 1 1 T E X A S A R C H I T E C T 25