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Arts Building that includes everything between Waller Creek and I-35. This currently includes the LBJ Presidential Library, Bass Concert Hall, and many of the university’s athletic facilities,

The new campus master plan acknowledges that although the symbolic center of the campus will always be the tower, the geographic center of the campus has shifted significantly to the east.

When all three of these buildings were under development, the need for a new campus master plan became apparent. Most of the infill sites identified by the original Pelli plan had by then been utilized, and for the campus to continue to grow, it needed a new strategy for expansion. Completed by Sasaki Associates in 2012, the new campus master plan acknowledges that although the symbolic center of the campus will always be the tower, the geographic center of the campus has shifted significantly to the east. As a result, the plan focuses much of its attention on the vast swath of campus beyond the College of Liberal

all of which vary wildly in function, scale, and character. The challenge moving forward will be to stitch this area together with a new medical school to create a cohesive whole while also developing a comprehensive landscape plan for the campus. And it is critical that this be done. A campus can teach much more about the importance of the built environment than any professor can in a classroom. Every UT Austin student that steps foot on campus is able to experience the benefits of a place that is dense, pedestrian-focused, and well designed. Students given that experience cannot help but go on to change the world. Brantley Hightower, AIA, is the founding partner of HiWorks in San Antonio.

PHOTOS OF THE BELO CENTER BY S.FRANCES. PHOTO OF THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS BY DROR BALDINGER. UT AUSTIN MASTER PLAN BY SASAKI ASSOCIATES. COURTSEY PAGESOUTHERLANDPAGE.

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College of Liberal Arts Building is situated on the East Mall. Plans for this section of campus to be transformed into a scenic gateway are underway. Left The Sasaki Associates master plan aims to create a denser campus and identifies future building opportunities.

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Texas Architect November/December 2013: Campus Architecture  

This issue explores the value of architectural diversity and creative responses to context. The discussion begins with a series on the three...

Texas Architect November/December 2013: Campus Architecture  

This issue explores the value of architectural diversity and creative responses to context. The discussion begins with a series on the three...