Loop was designed to inspire, in children, an interest and curiosity in architecture. The project was commissioned by Andrea Mellard, a curator for the AMOA-Arthouse at the Jones Center in Austin Texas, as part of Art on the Green, an artist and architect- designed mini golf course. Loop’s elliptical green offers the user the possibility of infinite play.
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners has won the international design competition to design Waller Creek, a thin, urban riparian ecosystem that meanders for through Austin, Texas from the northern part of the City southward through The University of Texas at Austin campus and along the eastern edge of the downtown area before it meets Lady Bird Lake. The MVVA Team, led by Michael Van Valkenburgh and Thomas Phifer, brings together professionals aiming to, “create an exciting and humane landscape that will be critical to great city life in Austin.”