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AIA STAD Program and Report for Austin’s South Shore Central
South Shore Central could provide more pedestrian connectivity, better public access to the waterfront, sustainable infrastructure, and a high quality urban realm.
AIA Austin was proud to partner with the City of Austin and six other consultants chosen to participate in AIA’s Sustainable Design Assistance Team (SDAT) program. This program brought a team of sustainable design experts to Austin to work with the local community in June 2012 to imagine a sustainable future for the South Shore Central area of the waterfront. Many AIA Austin members volunteered their expertise in helping with the design charrette. The AIA’s Center for Communities by Design issued the final SDAT report in October 2012. This report provides independent recommendations on how the “South Shore Central area can redevelop to provide for more pedestrian connectivity, better public access to the waterfront, sustainable infrastructure, and a high quality urban realm.” The SDAT report is providing an important component to inform another exciting urban planning initiative — the Sustainable Places Project. This project is developing a custom computer analytic tool to model a battery of sustainable impacts of urban design scenarios. The SDAT report will be used to help calibrate the development of this tool for analyzing future scenarios for the South Shore Central.
2012 Charles E. Peterson Prize A student team from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture was recently awarded the 2012 Charles E. Peterson Prize. The award is sponsored by the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the American Institute of Architects. It recognizes excellence in measured drawings prepared to HABS standards and donated to HABS by students. The students submitted measured drawings of Austin’s North-Evan Chateau (1874-1960), now the Chateau Bellevue. The team included Jessica Anderson, Serena Bollinger, Kalan Contreras, Yuanjing Du, Betsy Frederick-Rothwell, Thomas Garcia, Andreea Hamilton, Rebecca Lapham, Julie McGilvray, Emily Ray, Samantha Smith, Miriam Tworek-Hofstetter, Payal Vora, and Katherine Yester. Their instructors were Monica Penick, Carl Matthews, and Michael Holleran.
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