The Waller Creek Conservancy Design Competition Final Four
September 18, 2012 1 Comment
I recently found my way to the website for the final four proposals for the redevelopment of Waller Creek in Austin, Texas. First of all, wow, there are just some really lovely renderings from this competition. I always like MVVA‘s renderings, but the other four competitors have really given them a run for their money. Take a look, they are wonderful. However, I can’t help but feel that they are just different approaches to the same thing: a big landscape urbanist-style river park. Now I don’t know a lot about Austin, or really anything about the Waller Creek, so if anyone from the area reads this, please comment, and do so extensively and critically. But as nice as all of these proposals are, I wonder why there isn’t one this far in the process for a true urban riverfront. There are of course classic examples from the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, and Britain, but in Austin, you don’t even have to go that far: possibly the best riverfront in the United States is just up the road in San Antonio. This sort of urban amenity right on the water is fairly rare in America, I would love to see more of it, and I think the fact that it isn’t even on the table is a missed opportunity for Waller Creek.