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Public Art Display Created by UTSA Architecture Students Unveiled on Houston Street Garage

SAN ANTONIO (May 13, 2016)
– Students from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP) joined District 1 City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño, the Center City Development & Operations Department (CCDO), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Antonio Chapter and Centro San Antonio to unveil a public art installation on the Houston Street Parking Garage located at 240 E. Houston Street.

“I want to recognize the ingenuity and effort that the UTSA architecture students put into this project,” said District 1 City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño. “We are proud to showcase their artwork in our downtown public space. Public art brings people together and strengthens connections between people and the places they share.”

The UTSA artwork is the second of two student installations displayed as a part of the “Architecture That Engages” design showcase. Each student design team is responsible for designing, fabricating, installing and dismantling a unique architectural piece that engages the community and showcases architecture as public art. The project is sponsored by the City of San Antonio, the AIA San Antonio Chapter and Centro San Antonio. The first installation, completed by San Antonio College students, was unveiled on the Houston Street Garage in fall 2015.

“This semester, the students focused on designing an architectural installation that both celebrates our city’s future path and respects its deep, cultural heritage,” said UTSA Lecturer Armando Araiza, who guided the UTSA students project. “They began with a traditional architectural analysis of Houston Street, and expanded it to consider the entirety of downtown and San Antonio’s vast reach.”

The project, entitled Morf, is inspired by San Antonio’s progression into a modern, innovative city that keeps true to its heritage. The project is on display on the Houston Street side of the Houston Street Garage. The garage sits adjacent to the Majestic Theatre, and a limestone facade between the two facilities provides a blank canvas and exciting opportunity for innovation. This initiative is part of the City’s ongoing efforts to enhance the downtown parking experience.

“UTSA’s innovative Morf art installation illustrates how architectural design can transform public spaces in our center city,” said Torrey Stanley Carleton, Executive Director of AIA San Antonio. “AIA San Antonio is proud to be a partner of the ‘Architecture That Engages’ design showcase.”

While studying maps of San Antonio, the students chose points of interest that tell a story of the city’s unique history. Those points were then used to guide the project’s basic shape. In addition, the 16 aluminum tiles displayed were designed with the spirit of traditional, handmade Mexican talavera tile in mind: no two of the installation’s 128 truncated pyramids are alike. The project will be on display through fall 2016 on the City-owned Houston Street Garage.



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