From Parking Lots to Parks – a Catalyst of Transformation at Highland ACC

  • NOVEMBER 11, 2020, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
  • This session focuses on the two signature gateway parks within the Highland Mall redevelopment. The parks are prime examples of “parking lots to parks” and reinforce the role and importance of open space and environmental performance in these times of social distancing.

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From Parking Lots to Parks – a Catalyst of Transformation at Highland ACC

RedLeaf Properties led the effort to form a public-private partnership (P3) with Austin Community College to acquire and redevelop this important community asset. Highland is re-using and re-invigorating the entire 1970’s era regional shopping mall into an innovative learning center and transforming the surrounding surface parking lots into a vibrant social and equitable urban mixed-use district. The project spans over 80 acres, has three signature parks, miles of trails and is quickly becoming a premier destination to work, educate, recreate and explore.

The award-winning project’s development team worked closely with stakeholders and community leaders to create a project that benefits residents throughout the region, supports surrounding neighborhoods, protects the environment, and honors the site’s history.

This session focuses on the two signature gateway parks that are strategically located at the east and west end of the “green spine” that bisects the centrally located ACC Campus. Fontaine Plaza and St. John’s Commons Encampment tell a vital story of looking to the past and projecting a vision for the future to present landscape as a catalyst for social equity. Quintessentially, the parks are prime examples of “parking lots to parks” and reinforce the role and importance of environmental performance in urban developments.

The parks are prime examples of “parking lots to parks” and reinforce the catalytic role and importance of environmental resilience in urban developments. This program discusses the vital role of celebrating a rich history and sense of place while presenting spaces that are highly social (in these times of social distancing),sustainable, innovative, authentic and infused with site specific art installations.

  • SPEAKER
  • Daniel Woodroffe
  • As president and design director of dwg., Daniel has practiced landscape architecture in central Texas for over 20 years. Through his award-winning firm, he has amassed a wealth of experience that focuses on the urban architectural landscape where his work expresses the role and importance of creating exceptional designs that are socially, environmentally and economically equitable and resilient.
  • Daniel is an Austin 40 Under 40 Award for Design & Architecture winner and he is a current board member with AIA Austin and with the Downtown Austin Alliance and has previously served as the chair of the Austin Parks Foundation and the Waterfront Planning and Advisory Board. Daniel has been recognized for his commitment to community service in 2018 from the SMPS and from ASLA in 2014.
  • SPEAKER
  • Mindy Cooper
  • As principal-in-charge of a studio team with members in both Austin and San Antonio, Mindy is adept at working and communicating with diverse teams. Mindy has over 15 years of practice in Central Texas and beyond, overseeing projects as small as the Yeti Retail Flagship streetscape on Congress Avenue to as large and complex as a 2-acre on-structure amenity deck at the Fairmont Hotel. Her greatest strength is her commitment to establishing common purpose and goals in her project teams. Utilizing her honed project management and facilitation techniques helps her to effectively gameplan, communicate and make corrections as needed in order to achieve a project’s goals.
  • SPEAKER
  • Lauren McGee
  • Lauren is passionate about all aspects of the designed world and contributes a new perspective to the design team. In particular, she is interested in the interactions between people and the environment, blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors, and paying close attention to context and detail. She believes that designing places should simultaneously elevate humanity and natural systems.
  • LOCATION
  • Virtual Event
  • DAY
  • Wednesday, November 11th
  • TIME
  • 11:30AM - 12:30PM
  • ORGANIZED BY
  • dwg.
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE
  • Open to all attendees
  • PRICE
  • Free