Updates from the Austin Foundation for Architecture
Your occasional digest of design-minded exhibitions, tours, and happenings across Austin.
October 16-19: AIA Austin 34th Annual Homes Tour
Virtual; $30 for multimedia tours of nine homes with live Q&A
The internationally renowned AIA Austin Homes Tour
has pivoted with its customary thoughtfulness. The virtual Tour features nine diverse living spaces, from an urban farm in the heart of Austin to a striking retreat in the Hill Country.

AIA Austin has built a multichannel experience with atmospheric videos for each home scored to music composed for every house; 360-degree walkthroughs; live Q&A sessions, and exclusive photography. Of course you can still get your Homes Tour swag: books, bags, and t-shirts too!Nine HSW credits are available for those seeking CEUs as well.

Tickets are just $30 for this comprehensive look at the last ten years of innovative Austin home design.

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October 22, 4pm CST: Miró Rivera Architects: Building a New Arcadia Virtual Book Launch with Juan Miró, FAIA, and Miguel Rivera, FAIA
To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Austin-based Miró Rivera Architects is releasing their first monograph, Miró Rivera Architects: Building a New Arcadia (University of Texas Press). The book explores Austin as a modern-day “arcadia”—an evocative place of beauty and harmony with nature—and provides a window into why people want to live in Austin and how they live.

This discussion will introduce the book and explore themes that have become particularly relevant in this year of seismic change, including: the importance of architecture in connecting people to the landscape; Austin as a model for both low- and high-density cities; how people from different backgrounds live together in Austin; and how our public and private spaces shape Austin’s unique ethos. Included in the event will be a preview of the book itself, which includes dozens of new drawings and images.

Save the Date for Form:Function!
November 19; Virtual
This year’s Form:Function has been re-conceived as a unique virtual event: a self-guided tour of the special evening we’d originally planned! Using the Matterport 3D platform, community members can come together virtually at the Independent to celebrate this year’s honorees, hear remarks by special presenters, enjoy a cocktail demonstration by a guest bartender, and toast Austin’s design achievements. More details to be announced soon!
Guide to Austin Architecture Mobile Site
Now Live!
A joint venture between AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture, the Guide to Austin Architecture is a mobile-friendly website that offers insight into the city’s unique places and spaces with walking tours, texts, and images curated by local architects.

Authors Bud Franck and Riley Triggs, AIA, along with Foundation staff are proud to unveil our first tour, Austin's Main Street! We encourage you to take our first self-guided tour, with socially distanced family and friends, as the weather cools down!
Las Piñatas ATX: Nepantla
October 2020-Spring 2021
For 2020, Las Piñatas ATX returns with an installation series themed Nepantla tierra entire medio | space in-between.

Nepantla is a Nahuatl term that represents the concept of in-between or a reference to the space of the middle. Nepantla has also been identified as a tool for political change.

The series kicks off with the October 26-30 Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC, 600 River Street), where a custom large-scale, hand-cut papel picado banner will be installed in the ESB-MACC’s Gran Entrada. This event will be followed by the installation of four additional banners in East Austin in early spring 2021.

The large-scale installations can be experienced while social distancing—whether viewed by car, bus, bike, or from the sidewalk—and explored in-depth through interactive QR codes. Check back or sign up for our email list for updates!
This project is organized by the AIA Austin Latinos in Architecture Committee in collaboration with the Austin Foundation for Architecture, and is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Ongoing: P A R K S P A C E
P A R K S P A C E continues to engage and delight park-goers around Austin, with our latest interventions installed at the Bat Observation Area (through partnership with The Trail Foundation) and Long Center. Republic Square has a fresh installation, in use now with Downtown Austin Alliance's Fall Fitness Series.

These installations are made possible through our wonderful volunteers, including the staff of .dwg who took on the Bat Observation Area installation as part of a firm-wide day of service.

And we are proud to announce that P AR K S P A C E is part of Austin Design Week, November 9-13, with a panel discussion TBD!

P A R K S P A C E is a program of the Austin Foundation for Architecture, made possible with support from AIA Austin and in partnership with Austin Parks and Recreation, Pease Park Conservancy, and the Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation. Special thanks to Gerardo Gandy, Assoc. AIA; the AIA Austin Urban Design Committee; 4Ward Land Surveying; and Gensler.

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