Waller Creek design winner revealed

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY and JORDAN ARMSTRONG / KVUE.com

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Posted on October 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 4:54 AM

AUSTIN -- The winner of the Waller Creek design project has been revealed.

The Austin City Council affirmed the winner Thursday after a jury decided among four choices of designs for the Waller Creek Project in downtown Austin.

On Thursday the council agreed with the jury who chose the design by Michael Van Valkenburg & Associates, Inc. and Thomas Phifer & Partners.

The MVVA Team designed Waller Creek involving a chain of parks and areas named The Lattice, The Grove, The Refuge and The Confluence.

The team was led by Michael Van Valkenburg and Thomas Phifer. According to the Waller Creek Conservancy website, they aim to "create an exciting and humane landscape that will be critical to great city life in Austin."

The team stated, "This project is far too complex to resolve with a single sweeping design gesture or by simplifying the creek to an idealized prior condition. [We aim to] seize this moment to create a place that is provocative, yet essentially Austinian in spirit by unleashing the dynamic beauty of a reinvented water course and infusing it with the right mix of economic and social attractors that will shape the city's evolving identity."

Last November, the Waller Creek Conservancy opened the design competition to architects around the world. Thirty-one firms applied. A jury panel narrowed the submissions to four.

Austin city leaders say Waller Creek makes up 11 percent of Downtown and transforming the 28 acres will create a new landmark in the city. 

"Just as people think New York - Central Park, San Antonio - Riverwalk, Chicago - Millennium Park, they will think Austin - Waller Creek," said Mayor Pro-Tem Sheryl Cole.

The conservancy will now spend the next six months working with the design team on a construction plan. It will also determine the total cost of the project and come up with ways to raise the money.

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