Micro Monday: Context

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This week’s installment of Micro Monday focuses on a micro unit project’s context.

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Forge Craft Architecture + Design recently broke ground on Bluebonnet Studios, a Foundation Communities micro-unit complex at Bluebonnet and South Lamar. Today “SoLa” consists mostly of surface parking lots, deep setbacks, and eclectic buildings. During the schematic design phase of Bluebonnet Studios, we sought to tie the street’s many odds-and-ends together into a single monolithic form. The faceted facade provides a certain softness, while the colorful windows add a punch of local attitude. To encourage pedestrian activity, landscape architecture office NDLI populated the front yard with shade trees, whimsical planters, and wooden benches.

Bluebonnet Studios is scheduled to open in late 2016. It will be home to 107 single adults, including low-wage workers, formerly homeless individuals, veterans, seniors and individuals with disabilities. You can read more about Bluebonnet Studios in the Projects section of our website. To keep up with construction progress, follow our updates on Facebook!

Micro Monday: Mobility

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PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

At 325 square feet, a parking space is not only big enough to house a pocket park, but it is also comparable in size to a micro unit. Our latest installment of Micro Monday explores the size, cost, and utility of parking spaces in micro-unit communities.

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Cheers to Asakura Robinsondwg., TBG Partners, Landscape Forms, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Texas ASLA, AIA Design Voice, and Bury, Inc., who participated in this year’s (PARK)ing Day in Austin!

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