News & Rumors Round Up

Third + Shoal massing outline

Music Hall redevelopment -- Third + Shoal -- set for September construction start News that the Austin Music Hall was going to be obliterated to make way for a 30-story office tower with ground floor retail and onsite parking made a huge splash in 2015. In March permits were filed for site demolition to begin, and Austin Towers’ sources have indicated that construction … [Read more...]


Tactical Urbanism in Austin

"Chairbomb" via ReportingTexas

Calling civic scenesters and philanthropic rabble rousers. The national urban planning and design advocacy firm Street Plans Collaborative is setting its sights on Austin to promote "tactical urbanism". For the uninitiated, think of tactical urbanism as guerrilla gardening, pop-up crosswalks, and other lo-fi, citizen-driven projects aimed at drawing attention to … [Read more...]


Oracle moving fast to start construction in Austin

Rendering [possibly an early one] by STG Design -

It has been almost 5 months since tech giant Oracle announced a major investment in the East Riverside Corridor. The company is putting the pedal to the metal, already submitting detailed site plans to the City, the first step towards breaking on 560,000-square-foot campus. The reason it is able to move so fast as that the Oracle’s future home was conceived as a turnkey … [Read more...]


Hotel Magdalena : Liz Lambert’s Next Project

Hotel Magdalena design by Lake Flato

All of Liz Lambert’s chic hotels on South Congress Avenue are named after saints. San Jose. Saint Cecilia. Lambert’s upcoming creation -- Hotel Magdalena -- is named after Mary Magdalene, and is looking to be the grandest of them all. This new five-story boutique hotel and residences will sit just off South Congress, clocking in at 95 hotel rooms and seven condos. The … [Read more...]