Design Transformation in the Heart of Historic Rainey Street

On a warm and humid Friday night in May, AIA Austin members celebrated the opening of El Naranjo, an adaptive reuse project at 85 Rainey Street designed by local architect, Martin Barrera, AIA.  The joint social mixer was hosted by the Latinos in Architecture, and Emerging Professionals committees and was well attended by members and their guests.  Martin Barrera, AIA gave a brief discussion about the project, and many guests lounged in the comfortable bar for hours, while others dined in one of the two cozy dining rooms or on the shady back deck.

Architects at City Council

As I read the Statesman's article this morning about South Shore Central, I thought I could post two thoughts about why planning and design is critical to a safe and healthy community. ////

Great Streets, Bastrop, and a Fair

--President Elect Jana McCann- requested that AIA Austin advocate consistent, connected Great Streets implementation on the primary “walkable” downtown streets identified in the newly adopted downtown plan.  We are drafting a recommendation to AIA Austin executive committee.  This will be a letter to City staff and council urging that the Downtown Plan be codified into an ordinance so that the design and construction industry can better implement the plan.


Board of Adjustment renders attic exemption useless

On January 9, the Board of Adjustment voted to change the way the Attic Exemption will be reviewed -effective immediately.

In short, they changed the way the contributing area is measured by the zoning reviewers. It says that 50% of the floor area must be below 7 FT if height; however, the 2009 IRC says that to consider the space habitable it must have 50% of the floor area above 7ft in height.  Go figure....