To continue with this idea that “[…] large-scale public work help us define where we are, who we are and who we want to be.” I see a need for Art and Architecture to come together.
Thanks to my recent trip to Chicago, I’m now looking at Austin and wondering why it feels so “trendy”, even in residential constructions.
Looking at recent projects like; the AT&T Executive Education Conference Center, Long Center, UTPAC Bass Concert Hall, Arthouse, TOGS competition and even Art Palace’s series of renovations, I wonder how and even if they counteract the more homogenized designs of shopping centers such as the Domain or the new condos littering the downtown skyline.
Much like the other creative sectors in Austin, architecture seems to be off on its own. As an outsider I’m gonna define architecture loosely, so as to include landscape and neighborhood design.
Not that Austin architecture is an enemy or needs help, but I think public art projects would benefit from a more collaborative approach to creating work in Austin rather than an imposed burden or afterthought to new constructions.
A challenge to Austin, but also something I will keep better tabs on in this coming year.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.