TPW TV: Coastal “Parkitecture”

UT School of design on TPW TV.

This is Passport to Texas

A dozen UT Austin Architecture students and their professor spent a long, hot summer on Galveston Island SP.

We’re getting a Master’s in Architecture but we’re getting a Ph.D. in craft supplies. It’s been like Santa’s little workshop in here.

That’s because, as student Hugo Reynolds tells it, they spent hours at craft stores buying supplies to build various models for their project. Coleman Coker is the Director of Design Lab at the UT Austin School of Architecture.

This is a project we have to do in a very short time. Ten weeks from the first day to the last day. It will be an interesting summer for these students.

Working closely with park rangers, the students’ assignment is to design and build a new educational pavilion for the park, which also provides some of the only shade on the park’s bay side.

They’ll be camping very close to where they’re going to build. It gets them immersed in the climate they’re going to be working within. The mission of the Design Lab is to try to increase ecological literacy, particularly of the coastal environment.

Watch the process this week on the Texas Parks and Wildlife TV series on PBS. Check your local listings.

We receive support in part from RAM Trucks: Built to Serve.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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