Browsing All Posts published on »September, 2009«

Writing: What If Austin Used Mimes To Encourage Better Street User Behavior?

September 30, 2009


If you missed last week’s post, the first installment of this two part series, click (here) How about a brief quiz to start things off, shall we? 1. Which would cause drivers to be more careful and drive conservatively when passing through an area with a substantial deer population? a. A high-tech flashing sign with […]

Tales From Waller Creek: Waller Creek Is For Crumpets, Croquet + Cucumber Sandwiches?

September 30, 2009

Events, Our Work

Waller Creek Is For Croquet, Crumpets And Cucumber Sandwiches? Victrolas, Records, Six Inch Fish, Cooling Off With Your Shoes Off, Giddy Wading? Exploring With Friends, Heading Up Stream To Try The Red Swing Another Time, Lemon Shortbread, Sun Dresses And Brainstorming New Waller Creek Adventures? Enticing and perhaps unbelievable but oh so very true. It […]

Building Rome In A Day: A Better Model For Re-Doing The Comprehensive Plan?

September 30, 2009

Things We Like

Children working collaboratively and feverishly non-stop for an ungodly amount of time. Parents building ‘with’ their children for hours on end, asking for 9/16″ wood cuts from the jig saw. Socialites dressed for bacchanalian feasts and/or battle hanging out curiously amidst the growing city. Young designers stopping by to build a building before heading out […]

Public Workshop Helps Children + Designers Build Amazing Structures In Chicago’s Grant Park.

September 28, 2009

Our Work

73 designers and children designing, learning and building intently together. 3 fantastic Newhouse/ Taliesin Fellows helping facilitate. Fabulous collaboration, support and organizing by Krisann Rehbein, Raul, Jean and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. 9 structures in three hours. A ridiculous amount of pine, 4000 zip ties and sandwiches. 1 fantastic Grant Park. And 1 Intuitive Building […]

Waller Creek Is For Tea And Crumpets And Croquet And Cucumber Sandwiches-This Saturday!

September 24, 2009

Events, Our Work

What: Tea Party Attire: Tea Party Necessary Accoutrements: Snooty accent, your own tea cup, parasol, something to sit on (no, you may not sit on the crumpets), an impressive entourage of only the most witty and delightful creek-admirers and beast-hunters. Provided for you: Tea, croquet wickets, a table, jovial conversation and conviviality. When: Saturday, September […]

Tales From Waller Creek: Waller Creek Is For Egg Salad And Red Swings.

September 23, 2009

Events, Our Work

Waller Creek Is For Egg Salad And Red Swings? For looking for beasts and eating Mexican cookies? For eating brunch in the creek bed and walking around barefoot with lots of friends? That’s right. Check out the full report (here). And stay tuned for info on the Waller Creek Is For Lovers Action And Adventure […]

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

Events, Our Work

  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 […]