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How Does a City Reshape Itself For a New Future? The Austin Story

Design Presented by Powerhouse

How Does a City Reshape Itself For a New Future? The Austin Story

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How does a city regenerate and reshape itself for a new future? This session is about a dynamic process by which a city physically defines itself according to deliberate aspirations and then how that physical form progresses to re-define the city and its culture for the future. It is an age-old story well executed by civic leaders from Pope Sixtus V in Rome in the 16th century to Robert Moses in New York in the 20th century. But it is not, unfortunately, being used as a tool for civic improvement around the globe as it should be in the 21st century.

The session will use Austin, Texas, USA as a case in point for the rapid and successful transformation of a city according to defined aspirations. Austin demonstrates the potency of the approach of using Architecture and Urban Design as a tool for cultural growth in our own time. The city went through a phenomenal transformation and turned a sleepy, out-of-the-way college town into a dynamic city that people from all over the world want to visit. Austin is a poster child for how physical design can help spark creativity, connectivity and possibility in the culture of a place.

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