Sinclair Black Papers
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Sinclair Black, a Tyler, Texas native, graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1962 and from the University of California at Berkeley with a Masters in Architecture in 1970. He began his architecture career with Austin, Texas firm Barnes, Landes, Goodman and Youngblood before opening his own practice in 1967. That same year he was hired as a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Architecture. In 1978 he was promoted to Professor, a title he continues to hold today (2013). The partnership of Black, Atkinson, and Vernooy was founded in 1983. Black's area of interest continues to be the history and theory of urban design and true urbanism.
Black is an active practitioner of urban design with emphasis on streetscapes, mixed use buildings and renovation projects in downtown Austin. In Austin, Black is both professionally and personally involved with neighborhood groups and the downtown business groups and has worked throughout his career to facilitate consensus on a wide range of matters affecting the built environment.
McCullar, Michael. "Black's Blueprint: An Architect's Vision of Downtown." Third Coast (April 1985): p. 49-54.
University of Texas School of Architecture faculty page http://soa.utexas.edu/people/profile/black (Accessed: 12 February 2013)
The collection documents two project that Sinclair Black was involved in during the 1970s; the design, production and writing of the booklet Austin Creeks and the Coalition of Austin Neighborhoods' opposition to the extension of the MoPac Expressway (Texas Loop 1) from US 290 to IH 35.
The Coalition of Austin Neighborhoods records, dated 1975 to 1976, include brochures, petitions, press releases, newspaper clippings and letters written to by Austin citizens expressing their support or opposition to extending MoPac as well as the closure of several of the exit ramps. Many of the letters are addressed directly to Austin Mayor Jeff Friedmann and/or Austin City Council member Margaret Hofmann and document the differing opinions .
The Austin Creeks booklet was one of the outcomes a 1976 Austin Bicentennial Project to preserve, restore and enhance the creeks and waterways of Austin. The booklet also served as documentation of the Open Space plan proposed by the City Edges effort, a grant to study the open space potential of the creek system in and around Austin for which Black was the Project Director. Black was one of the primary text writers of the booklet and his students were responsible for the art work, photography, composition and paste up. Included are the materials created and used in the process of researching, writing and publishing the booklet and consist of sketches, photographs, logos, reports, various versions of the text, proofs of the images and maps.
The Environmental Conservatory of Austin and Central Texas was a group organized through the efforts of Black and others to bring attention to the environmental issues of Austin. Its attention was on the preservation of Austin's natural resources and maintenance of the environment despite continued growth and development. The materials from this group include the founding documents, minutes, agendas, reports, correspondence, and membership material.
In addition to his other environmental conservation efforts Black contributed to the joint efforts of others intent on the preservation of Town Lake. Some brochures, flyers, and newspaper clipping illustrate these efforts.
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Sinclair Black Papers (AR.2013.004). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1974/011
Donation Date: 2013
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2013. Additions added by Rusty Heckaman in 2013.
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