University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Waller Creek Conservancy: Records of Design Waller Creek: A Competition

2011-2012, undated



Collection Summary

Creator Waller Creek Conservancy
Title Waller Creek Conservancy: Records of "Design Waller Creek: A Competition"
Dates 2011-2012, undated
Abstract Records consist of competition entries, manual, and a summary report documenting the "Design Waller Creek: A Competition." The international design competition was sponsored by Waller Creek Conservancy to develop urban parks along Waller Creek in Austin, Texas and attract attention to the project.
Identification WALLR 2016029
Quantity .08 linear ft.
Repository: Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Administrative History of Waller Creek Conservancy

The Waller Creek Conservancy is a non-profit organization established, through a partnership with the City of Austin, as the steward of Waller Creek by preserving, redeveloping and maintaining the creek's current and future parks. Through its programs and initiatives, the conservancy is focused on developing a series of urban parks to revitalize the Waller Creek district in Downtown Austin, Texas. The organization also holds art shows, concerts, picnics, and other public events to renew interest in the area and raise funds for its project.

On April 28, 2011, Waller Creek Conservancy and the City of Austin committed to develop a master plan for the Waller Creek district with a $400,000 pledge from both entities. In November 2011, Waller Creek Conservancy announced "Design Waller Creek: A Competition," its international design competition. The purpose of the competition was to attract landscape architects and architects to the project and create a master plan for the development of urban parks around Waller Creek. The call for Stage I submissions ended on December 20, 2011 with thirty-one entries. Stage I asked teams to provide a joint portfolio of the lead landscape architect and lead architect. Following a review, the Jury selected nine teams to advance to Stage II. Stage II asked teams to submit a complete list of individuals on each team and their individual qualifications. In addition, the teams were interviewed by the Jury. On April 12, 2012, the Jury announced the four finalists.

  • Conger Moss Guillard (CMG) and Public Architecture
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) and Thomas Phifer & Partners
  • Turenscape and Lake|Flato Architects
  • Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects and Rogers Marvel Architects

Stage III consisted of an 18-week design competition for teams to present their ideas, test their working methodology, and explore the anticipated effects of their proposals. Other parts of Stage III included reviews and briefings with the Technical Advisory Group, a committee created by the Waller Creek Conservancy, with final design submissions distributed to the Jury in September 2012. Following deliberation and review, the Jury announced the Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Thomas Phifer & Partners team as the winner of the "Design Waller Creek: A Competition." On October 18, 2012, Austin City Council unanimously confirmed the Jury’s decision.

Sources:

Waller Creek Conservancy. "Mission." accessed February 7, 2017, https://www.wallercreek.org/about/

Waller Creek Conservancy. "Timeline." accessed February 7, 2017, https://www.wallercreek.org/timeline/

City of Austin. "Waller Creek." accessed February 7, 2017, http://www.austintexas.gov/department/waller-creek-1

Waller Creek Conservancy. "Summary Report." Austin: Waller Creek Conservancy, 2012.


Scope and Content of the collection

The collection consists of a summary report, competition submissions, and a manual from the "Design Waller Creek: A Competition" covering all three stages of the competition. The bulk of the collection consists of competition submissions from the four finalists spanning from 2011 to 2012. Both the manual and summary report were created by the Waller Creek Conservancy. The manual contains the rules, regulations, and information for the competition. The summary report contains copies of all materials produced by the Waller Creek Conservancy concerning the competition and summarized design statements from the four finalists. The summary report also includes screenshots of the Waller Creek Conservancy website, publication materials, Stage III technical reviews of the four finalists by the Technical Advisory Group, and Jury report letters detailing their decisions on Stage I, II, and III. Competition entries detail each of the finalist's qualifications, portfolios, and final design proposals.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically by competition stage, then alphabetically by firm.

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Index Terms

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Creator (organizations):

Conger Moss Guillard (CMG) (Firm)
Ken Smith Landscape Architect (Firm)
Lake/Flato (Firm)
Michael Van Valeknburgh Associates (MVVA) Inc.
Public Architecture (Firm)
Rogers Marvel Architects (Firm)
Thomas Phifer and Partners
Ten Eyck Landscape Architects (Firm)
Turenscape (Firm)
Waller Creek Conservancy

Subjects:

Architecture--Texas--Austin.
Austin (Tex.)
City planning--Texas--Austin.
Landscape architecture--Texas--Austin.
Waller Creek (Tex.)

Document types:

Competition entries.
Manuals (instructional materials)
Reports.

Related Material

Tom W. Shefelman Records and Drawings (AR.2009.035). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Wukasch & Associates Records and Drawings (AR.2009.042). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.


Administrative Information

Citation

Waller Creek Conservancy: Records of "Design Waller Creek: A Competition," Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Paper processed by: Irene Lule


References to works by or about Waller Creek

-- compiled by Irene Lule

The following material is located at the Architecture and Planning Library at The University of Texas at Austin.

Black, Sinclair, Jack Keever, and Susan Morehead. Austin Creeks. Austin. Bestin Printing Company, 1978.

Fry, P.L. & Wright, C.H. Austin's Waller Creek: promise for tomorrow. Austin. Loflin & Associates, 2013.


Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

Series A: Competition Records, 2011-2012, undated

Series Abstract
This series details the "Design Waller: A Competition" through administrative records of the Waller Creek Conservancy and competition entries. Records include a manual and summary report by the Waller Creek Conservancy. The manual outlines the rules and regulations of the competition. It also explains the role of the sponsor, details the Jury members, and provides schedules for each stage. The summary manual was created in October 2012 as the official record of the competition. It contains various copies of publications, Jury report letters, and summarized competition submissions from Stage II and Stage III. Competition entries from the four finalists are the bulk of the collection. Entries include comprehensive portfolios, team qualifications, and design plans.
box folder
1 1 "Design Waller Creek: A Competition,"Competition Manual, prepared by Waller Creek Conservancy, 2011 November
2 "Waller Creek: Regeneration and Curation Competition Submittal," Stage I, prepared by CMG and Public Architecture, 20 December 2011
3 "Waller Creek - Austin, Texas," Stage I, prepared by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and Thomas Phifer & Partners, 20 December 2011
4 "Waller Creek," Stage I, prepared by Turenscape and Lake|Flato, undated
5 "Waller Creek," Stage I, prepared by Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architects PC, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects Inc., and Rogers Marvel Architects, 20 December 2011
6 "Design Waller Creek," Stage II, prepared by CMG and Public Architecture, 27 March 2012
7 "Waller Creek - Austin, Texas," Stage II, prepared by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., and Thomas Phifer & Partners, 27 March 2012
8 "Waller Creek," Stage II, prepared by Turenscape and Lake|Flato, undated
9 "Waller Creek," Stage II, prepared by Workshop: Ken Smith Lanscape Architects PC, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects Inc., and Roger Marvel Architects, 27 March 2012
box folder
2 1 "Waller Creek: Regeneration and Curation," Stage III, prepared by CMG and Public Architecture, September 2012
2 "Waller Creek - Austin, Texas," Stage III prepared by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and Thomas Phifer & Partners, 12 September 2012
3 "Waller Creek: The Oasis," Stage III, prepared by Turenscape and Lake|Flato, 12 September 2012
4 "Keep Waller Wild," Stage III, prepared by Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architects, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, and Rogers Marvel Architects, 12 September 2012
5 "Design Waller Creek: A Competition,"Summary Report, prepared by Waller Creek Conservancy, 29 October 2012