DLA Lecture: Adaptive Ecologies in Austin, Texas
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Gateway Building
Big Infrastructure and the Cyborg Creek
Adaptive Ecologies in Austin, Texas
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc
Austin, TX (2012–ongoing)
In 2011, construction began on a mile-long tunnel to carry all of Waller Creek’s flow, protecting 28-acres of downtown Austin from flooding while maintaining the idea of Waller Creek in a dramatically reduced above ground flow. The 2015 Waller Creek Corridor Framework Plan team was tasked with restructuring this spatially complex corridor, and its constructed nature, as the backbone for a series of new parks and neighborhood connections.
This integrated nature-machine system reflects an evolving global narrative of how development of cities and promotion of natural systems are necessarily intertwined. The Waller Creek project recognizes the critical role of landscape architecture as a nexus for spatial, ecological, and cultural planning.
Timothy Gazzo was born in Upstate New York and raised on the north shore of Long Island. The diverse landscapes of New York State, from faded downtowns to rapidly developing suburbs, have informed his interest in the evolution of places over time. His fascination with process and concept development has led him to prefer to be a part of all phases of the design process – from early conceptualization through design, documentation, and finally, realization. Prior to joining MVVA Tim worked as a senior designer and project manager with Dirtworks Landscape Architecture in Manhattan. Since joining in 2014 he has contributed to multiple projects including the US Embassy in Mexico City, Amherst College, and most recently a residential sculpture park located in upstate NY. He received his MLA from ESF.
Landscape Architecture @ ESF
Sunday, November 19, 2017
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