Texas Architect May/June 2012: Urban Design
This “Urban Design” edition’s four features do not deal with urban design as typified by comprehensive plans for large swaths of urban environment. Rather, they represent four works of architecture that, by virtue of where they are, play important roles in a broader urban context.
The four main projects featured in this “Urban Design” edition fit that label loosely. That is, they represent the design of individual projects within an urban fabric — not the design of the larger fabric itself. But in each case, the surrounding context — and, specifically, deference to it — informs the specifics of the architecture. In terms of footprint, the new downtown campus for Tarrant County College in Fort Worth is by far the largest of our four examples. Serving as an urban gateway, its five campus buildings descend on either side of an open plaza from downtown to the banks of the Trinity through a series of courtyards and walkways. At the other end of the spectrum, a 1200-sf bungalow on Austin’s East Side has been sensitively expanded as a seven-room boutique hotel. It succeeds, among other measures, by one of the most basic design standards of all: what do the neighbors think? Urban Design 40 Water, Bridges, and Dreams TCCD Trinity River East Campus (TREC), Fort Worth Bing Thom Architects with Bennett Benner Pettit Joe Self, AIA 48 Form Follows Market BG Group Place, Houston Pickard Chilton with Kendall/Heaton Associates Filo Castore, AIA 54 Live Large, Think Big Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel, Dallas BOKA Powell with 5G Studio Collaborative Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA 60 Bungalow Modern Heywood Hotel, Austin KRDB Canan Yetmen 5/6 2012 Texas Architect 39