Browsing Archives of Author »publicworkshop«

Alex Gilliam  |  |  196 posts

Writing: What would happen if we removed Austin’s stop signs, stoplights and traffic signs?

September 22, 2009


Carnage, chaos and fender benders galore? How about slower traffic, less accidents, safer streets for children and wait for it, no more text messaging while driving? That’s right, in a never ending quest to make our streets safer and more predictable, we may have actually made them more dangerous and so mind numbingly easy to […]

Your Waller Creek Survival Checklist For Sunday’s Event

September 10, 2009


  I’m an individual coming alone, what should you bring? Twist the arm of at least one friend, neighbor or random person on the street. A chair for yourself- fancy or folding optional. A keen eye for possibility . A brunch treat/beverage of your choosing and the necessary utensils/tools for consuming said offering. Your best […]

Event: Pimp Your Bus Stop-A Recap Of You Can Change Your City.

August 26, 2009


How Can You Change Your City? How can you Make Austin Weirder? What types of new tools exist or need to be created to better enable people to participate in the making of a city’s future? Sixty-five Austinites- students, designers, educators, policy makers, gardeners and activists- lingered for more than three hours at Space 12 […]

Waller Creek Is For Brunch? For muffins + empanadas? For Lounging pleasantly as turtles float by?

August 21, 2009


Waller Creek is for muffins and tacos and Saturday brunch? Heck yeah. The Waller Creek Is For Lovers Action And Adventure Society had a fantastic brunch last Saturday just south of 6th Street on Waller Creek. Have you ever stopped and lingered there? Had a apple turnover and talked with friends? Noticed the turtles floating […]

Event: You can change your city on August 19th at 7.00pm.

August 13, 2009


The KIPP Austin Alumni Program and Public Workshop partner to present two incredible films about cities by teenagers and designers from the Center For Urban Pedagogy (CUP) on August 19th at 7 pm. This summer teenagers from the KIPP Austin Alumni program have been working on a film series, generously hosted by Space12 ( at […]

Austin, August 23rd will be your last chance to linger in Public Workshop’s fabulous intuitive building experiment.

August 12, 2009


You may have missed it because you never drive up Guadalupe or the drivers are so nutty that your attention is demanded elsewhere- I certainly understand. However, if you head north on Guadalupe and look towards your right after passing 21st and the Ransom Center, you will see something that will make you very happy. […]

Writing: Public Workshop’s Ten Suggestions for Creating A Stellar Comprehensive Plan For Austin, Texas.

August 10, 2009


How do we as a city take advantage of the tremendous opportunity that is the crafting of Austin’s new Comprehensive Plan to make an even better Austin than the one we have today? Below you will find Public Workshop’s Ten Suggestions for invigorating the Comprehensive Planning process, for taking full advantage of this unique occasion. […]

Public Workshop to lead guerilla building workshop in Chicago’s wonderful Millenium Park?

July 31, 2009


Well, I can’t honestly say that the Millenium Park portion of that statement is a sure thing but the rest of it is now settled. On the weekend of September 19-20 I will be designing/leading two participatory building/prototyping events for the Chicago Architectural Foundation . I am really pleased that this is going to happen. […]

Project: Newhouse/Taliesin 2009-Photos + Brief Overview

July 8, 2009


This is the second year that Public Workshop has developed a unique week-long summer workshop at Taliesin (East) for six high school students from the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s excellent Newhouse Program (run by the likewise excellent Krisann Rehbein) and I quite frankly couldn’t be more excited by the results. Frankly, we (the students, Krisann, the […]

Project: Newhouse/Taliesin: Student Recap- Tamanna

July 7, 2009


When I volunteered to post a blog that sums up this year’s trip to Taliesin, I didn’t realize it will be this difficult. It’s hard enough to accept that the best week of this summer is over, I have never been disappointed to be in Chicago until now. Skyscrapers have replaced the hills. Endless businesses have replaced the prairies. The sirens and noisy cars have replaced the birds and crickets. There are no stars under this sky, and the breeze here isn’t sweet.

Project: Newhouse/Taliesin 2009: Student Report-Salman

July 3, 2009


The Man Of The House On Thursday July 3, 2009 we had a very special visitor. Dean Arnold, the man responsible for making it possible for the six of us to visit an amazing architecture school and legacy of FLW, Taliesin. Mr. Arnold is the civil engineer of the firm W.E. O’ Neil based in […]

Project: Newhouse/Taliesin: Student Report- Andrea

July 2, 2009


The Building Begins Today was actually a very especial day because it started off so different than the other days. We all had to wake up early in the morning, to get ready to start building. We were each separated into groups of three. One group was assigned to build a place to sit and […]

Project: Newhouse/Taliesin 2009: Student Report-Brenda

July 1, 2009


“Frank Lloyd Wright was a very persuasive man.” That really interested me when Sidney Robinson said that.  The tour of Taliesin and the history of Frank Lloyd Wright really intrigued me.  The house was so intricately decorated and had a lot of valuable artifacts.  All the history that I learned about F.L.W. made me understand […]

Project: Newhouse/Taliesin 2009: Student Report-The Best Day At Taliesin- Tamanna

July 1, 2009


Wednesday July 1, 2009. Rolling down hills, laughing until our stomachs hurt and 2 design projects. What a way to start this month! I was having so much fun I forgot to take pictures.  [I’ll just steal Brenda’s] The 6 of us split into groups of 3 the day before and we decided to keep […]

Project: Newhouse/Taliesin 2009 Student Report-Day Two-Salman

June 30, 2009


Taliesin in its self is an amazing experience. Once the minor aches such as bugs and heat are over with, enjoyment really settles in. Walking and nature hiking is a must to get around the campus. Those of us who believe they’re not much walkers, you’ll be surprised. The picture you see at the head […]

Project: Newhouse/Taliesin 2009 Student Report-Day One- Aldair

June 30, 2009


In the dim alley of CAF (Chicago Architecture Foundation) the instructors Alex and Krisann meet the five out of the six Newhouse Scholars: Tamanna, Brenda, Sharika, Salman and myself Aldair. The sixth Newhouse Scholar, Andrea was soon picked up after and thus began our adventure to Madison, Wisconsin and Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture […]