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963 - TOUR – Socially Responsible Projects

• Kenneth Jones, AIA | Miró Rivera Architects
• Juan Miró, FAIA | Principal | Miró Rivera Architects
• Sunshine Mathon | Director of Real Estate Development | Foundation Communities
• Scott Ginder, AIA | Principal | Forge Craft Architecture + Design
Date: 11/10/2017 | Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Event Location: MEET AT TOUR DESK
LUHs: 1.5 | HSW: Yes |
Capacity: 45
Through October 02: $60.00
Through November 03: $60.00
Onsite November 03: $60.00

Tour Architects
Miró Rivera Architects; Dick Clark + Associates

Tour Sponsor

This tour invites you to explore two of Austin’s socio-economical projects that not only address the financial, educational, and housing needs of its clients, but also introduce architecture to the communities they serve.

LifeWorks — Miró Rivera Architects' design for LifeWorks highlights the role of the nonprofit in transforming the lives of youth and families seeking self-sufficiency and generational advancement. Located in a socioeconomically-disadvantaged community, the branch provides a hub for educational and financial literacy. The building establishes a strong, urban edge that follows the curvature of the adjacent road. A colonnade acts as a communal front porch, providing shade, refuge, identity, and light. Inside, a tranquil, uplifting palette minimizes the institutional nature of the facility and creates an effective visual wayfinding strategy.

Despite a tight budget ($158/sf), sustainability plays a central role in the design. When compared to a baseline case study, LifeWorks uses 79.6% less energy, 80% less water for irrigation, and 28.3% less indoor water. Over 90% of the occupied spaces have exterior views and natural light. LifeWorks has received a 5-star sustainability rating from Austin Energy Green Building.

Capital Studios —Designed by Dick Clark + Associates, Capital Studios is a vibrant and modern residence and the first affordable housing community in downtown Austin in 45 years. The client, Foundation Communities, is one of the most forward-thinking affordable housing development companies in the country. With a strong commitment to green building and sustainable development practices, projects such as Capital Studios showcase some of the most progressive design initiatives not only in affordable housing but also in multi-family housing in general.

Featuring 135 efficiency units interwoven with amenity areas with social and educational programming, the residences focus inwardly around a multi-height courtyard and outwardly engage the urban fabric of the nearby Capital city complex and surrounding downtown buildings. Above all, the high design quality evident throughout Capital Studios engenders within its tenants a sense of pride and stewardship which carries immeasurable intangible benefits.

SD: Yes
*Courses marked "SD" may qualify for Sustainable Design for the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.