CTA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SPECTRUM LIGHTING, TEKNION & WORKPLACE SOLUTIONS
CTA finds the extraordinary in everyday life as design pioneers. They engage in new and exciting ways to solve challenges knowing a solution comes in many shapes and sizes. The focus of their culture seamlessly folds with our personalities and talent alike. Between office culture and the ever emerging culture of Austin, they have found the sweet spot and continue to enjoy their work to the fullest.
While Austin continues to thrive, when does the constant change overshadow the appeal of 'weird'? It is no longer a secret society to the liberals of Texas, artists, musicians, and neighborhood weirdos. Austin's weird has mass appeal!
New development in unavoidable. It is impossible to dismiss or hide from change - A sentiment all too familiar for us Austin-ites. We tend to believe the 'new' can homogenize with the old which allows the initial response to be fear for some. But, acceptance is immersing oneself into the chaos and beyond. The crisscross of construction now cautions new warnings of the inevitable which is preparation to help ease navigation through the chaos.
Identity crisis is a consequence of rapid growth. However, Austin presents an innovative capacity to overcome this crisis by an eclectic mix of people. The core of Austin's charm lies not just within its inclusiveness and ability to adapt, but essentially its communities.
Thankfully, Austin-ites are determined to keep Austin feeling homey and centered. open mindedness, relaxed attitudes, and the celebration of individuality prevails in this town. The betterment of society lies in its people not being bystanders, but rather an active part of change. The arch unifies everyone within the midst of change and struggle. The culture of positivity assures a path to a more optimistic life and creates an opening for hope.
Nena Martin, IIDA Juan DeLeon Stephanie Boswell, IIDA Jennifer Moore, IIDA Lauren Evans Maya Saloui
ABEL DESIGN GROUP IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SKG & RAND
As professionals dedicated to the construction of the built environment, designers have a responsibility to think about how our choices impact not just the end-user but other people within the community that may be affected. This team seeks to join the conversation on the future of Austin. They have conceptualized their installation through the lens of Erin Morganstern's The Night Circus and the fantastical, wondrous, unexpected experiences that unfold within the tent. In the book, the star crossed heroes dual magically, forever changing the fate of themselves and everyone connected to the circus in the process. In our city's development, diverse viewpoints are similarly linked and have part in shaping each other.
Mary Catherine McKnight, IIDA, Abel Design Group Amy Witte, Student IIDA, Abel Design Group
Bill Gray, Abel Design Group Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, SKG Shelley Simpson, SKG
McLain Hall, Rand Construction Corporation
STUDIOSIX5 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WORKPLACE RESOURCE
At StudioSIX5, our mission is creating environments that celebrate life. As such, our team are experts at creating senior living communities that foster a sense of community between residents.
As Interior Designers we foster community and connectivity. This teams installation aims to take visitors on a journey from a place of loneliness and isolation, to a place of community and connectivity. Large bolts of fabric are used to create diverging paths throughout the installation; transforming from heavy physical barriers to increasingly sheer panels as visitors move through the space. Curated musical cues paired with vintage photographs aid in connecting visitors with their pasts and one another.
Stephanie Biesenbach Leticia Mireles Katrina Rutledge, IIDA Chan Geltmeyer Lauren Tines
Jennifer Vaghjones Shelly Sharp