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Presented at Conference: AIA RUDC 2020 Austin TX: The Climate of Urban Design.


This presentation uses a Graduate Design Studio as a medium to to discuss how to integrate broad based systems thinking into Architecture and Urban Design curricula. Coastal Resilience was interrogated using various lenses to arrive at solutions that integrated marine ecology, transit, landscape, and urban design to revitalize the Central Waterfront and reconnect it to the harbor. This connection was severed with the introduction of America's Cup Blvd. as part of a 1960's urban renewal plan that preferenced tourism, retail and parking over the integrated and mixed use environment that it replaced. The presentation begins with a preface discussing Colin Rowe's 1984 Berlin Urban Design Study that used landscape as the medium to repair the fragmented and divided city in order to demonstrate the role played by landscape in his later Urban Design Studios. The Colin Rowe Library is housed at UT Austin who hosted the event.

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