Category Archives: UT Austin

Focus on Landscape Architecture: Courses beyond Curriculum

Entering into the field of landscape architecture, one must love to learn, since it is an inherent part of a discipline that pulls from an array of knowledge bases, including ecology, art, history, sociology, architecture…the list goes on. Fortunately, there is no shortage in the Austin community of places to supplement your education:

  1. The Contemporary Austin Art School
    The Contemporary Austin is an art museum that has locations both downtown and on the lake on the west side of Austin. The Art School offers adult classes in the spring and summer for many fine arts topics, including drawing, painting and photography.
  2. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
    Part of the UT School of Architecture, the Wildflower Center is located south of Slaughter Lane in Austin. Here, you can take a variety of classes from nature-loving experts, such as watercoloring, plant identification and botanical illustration. They have single-day workshops as well as courses offered in multi-week sessions. Refer to their calendar, as events happen daily, and remember that UT students, faculty and staff get free admission to the Center!
  3. The University of Texas at Austin Informal Classes
    If you want to learn Adobe software, interior design, native plant gardening or anything in between, Informal Classes offers an array of non-credit programming to compliment your semesters. Each course is different in its time requirements, location and fees, so be sure to browse the catalog to find your course.

Source: The Contemporary Austin, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The University of Texas at Austin Informal Classes

Focus on Landscape Architecture: UT Austin Herbarium

The Plant Resources Center (PRC) at The University of Texas at Austin is hidden in plain sight: it occupies eight floors of the iconic UT Tower with over one million plant specimens. These specimens belong to both the University of Texas Herbarium (TEX), which was started in the 1890s, and the Lundell Herbarium (LL), the formerly private collection of Cyrus Lundell, which was added to the PRC in the 1970s-80s.

An herbarium is a library of dried plants. The specimens, collected from Texas, Mexico and other parts of the world, are dehydrated and pressed onto cardstock and labeled with their relevant information, including date collected and species name. These specimens provide a snapshot of a particular species’ morphology and taxonomy at a particular time and place on Earth. Many of UT’s specimens are unique in the world.

You can access the PRC online through a searchable database, or visit the collection in person.

The PRC and associated herbaria are located in the Main Building, Room 127. Hours are 8-11:30 am and 12:30-5 pm Monday-Friday. Please call in advance at 512-471-5904.

Sources: UT Department of Integrative Biology and JSTOR Global Plants

Thousands of Free Movies though Kanopy

Photo Credit: Watching “The Great Beauty,” “I Am Not Your Negro” and “Tower.”Janus Films; Magnolia Pictures; Kino Lorber

Over 200 public libraries have opted to provide Kanopy to library cardholders, free of charge. Kanopy provides over 30,000 movies online. Many of the movies are documentaries, international films, and from the Criterion Collection. The University of Texas Libraries’ provides unlimited access to Kanopy’s resources. The range of movies available is diverse, and Kanopy appears to be an incredible resource.

Source: Watching

Austin Artist Commissioned for Dell Medical School Exhibit

Image Credit: Paul Bardagjy

Image Credit: Paul Bardagjy

O N E E V E R Y O N E, a new photographic series by artist Ann Hamilton commission by Landmarks, will adorn the halls of the Dell Medical School in Austin. O N E E V E R Y O N E explores the relationship between human touch and caring, using frosted plastic to obscure parts of the subject that aren’t directly touching the material. More than 530 Austin-area participants were photographed for the project, which opens on January 26. Opening celebrations run from January 26-28.

Source: University of Texas Landmarks

Photographer Abelardo Morell at the Harry Ransom Center

A Mad Tea Party, 1998 | Abelardo Morell

A Mad Tea Party, 1998 | Abelardo Morell

This week at the Harry Ransom Center (HRC), Cuban-born photographer Abelardo Morell will give the Amon Carter Lecture in the HRC’s Prothro Theater on Thursday, March 26th at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30.

The HRC’s current exhibition, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, features five photographs from Morell’s Alice in Wonderland series. Morell’s images utilize reproductions of Lewis Carroll’s original character sketches arranged in “scenes” literally pulled from the pages of the book. Morrell states on his website: “When I began to make photographs illustrating this book by Lewis Carroll I had in mind that books themselves should form the architecture and landscape where the story takes place. Because books belong to both the physical and imaginary worlds, I thought that they might serve Lewis Carroll’s tale well. Traveling to Wonderland could seem, after all, to be an experience very much like that of walking across the pages of a story—like going deep into a book.”

Source: Harry Ransom Center: The University of Texas at Austin

Lewis Carroll: Amateur Photographer

Lewis Carroll_photography

Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator of Photography at the The University of Texas at Austin Harry Ransom Center, will be lecturing on the photography of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on Tuesday, March 10, at 4 p.m. Better known to the world as Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, Dodgson was also a prolific amateur photographer. Once obscure, his photos—now considered an accomplished and valuable archive—most notably capture Victorian-era, middle class life through portraits.

The talk is scheduled in conjunction with the Ransom Center’s current exhibition Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on view through July 6, 2015.

Spring 2015 Exhibition Opening | Restoring Cultural Monuments: Oaxaca, Mexico


The images on display document restoration projects of the Open Chapel at Teposcolula (1995-1999) and Santo Domingo de Guzmán Monastery (1994- 2000).

Join us for the opening of the School of Architecture Visual Resources Collection’s Spring 2015 exhibition “Restoring Cultural Monuments: Oaxaca, Mexico.” Assistant Professor
Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla contributed to the VRC’s collection the images featured in this exhibition documenting the restoration of Santo Domingo de Guzmán and the Open Chapel of Teposcolula in Oaxaca, Mexico.

WHEN: February 17, 2015 from 2-4 pm
WHERE: VRC, Sutton 3.128

Refreshments will be served.

Image Source: School of Architecture Visual Resources Collection

Waller Creek Illuminated


Beginning at sunset on Thursday, November 13, Waller Creek Conservancy will host the Creek Show: Light Night. Waller Creek between 5th and  8th Streets will turn into a walkable community space and become host to a visual arts exhibit. The creek will be illuminated by five light installations designed by Austin-based architects and landscape architects, including UTSOA Associate Professor Jason Sowell.  The installations highlight the intersection between nature, urban infrastructure, and inventive design. The event comes at a perfect time for the public to observe the creek’s present state while imagining its exciting future.

The Waller Creek Conservancy has organized several other events throughout the night including a happy hour, live DJ set, and live music at Empire Control Room. All events are free and open to the public. The Empire Control Room event requires an RSVP for free entrance.

Source: Creek Show

Opening Tomorrow! Turrell Skyspace on UT Austin Campus


Atop the Student Activities Center (SAC) on The University of Texas at Austin’s campus sits one of American artist James Turrell‘s newest Texas creations.  As part of UT Austin’s Landmarks Public Art Program, the permanent installation seats up to 30 people and will feature light shows at sunrise and sunset. Free reservations for the sunrise and sunset shows may be made online.

Image Source: Culture Map Austin

Focus on Interiors: Tessellated Floorscapes with Igor Siddiqui

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The Focus on Interiors series presents this prototype project by ISSSStudio: Tessellated Floorscape. Maned by UTSOA’s Igor Siddiqui, ISSSStudio focuses on “novel relationships between architecture and decorative arts, viewed through the lens of technological innovation and shifting cultural values.” Tessellated Floorscape is made of carpet remnants re-cut into a custom pattern. See more at Treehugger.

Image source: ISSSStudio

Tomorrow! Fall Exhibit Opening: Focus on Interiors


The VRC invites you to celebrate our fall 2013 exhibit, Focus on Interiors: A Tapestry of Images. This year, the Interior Design Program celebrates 101 years at the University of Texas. With that rich history in mind, this exhibit features images from the VRC’s online image collection that highlight the varied interiors and furniture that have spanned the century.

Tomorrow, join us for the exhibit opening,Thursday, September 26th!

DATE: September 26, 2013
TIME: 3-5 pm
WHERE: VRC, Sutton 3.128

Refreshments will be served.

Image Source: VRC

Fall 2013 Exhibit Opening: Focus on Interiors


The School of Architecture Visual Resources Collection (VRC) invites you to celebrate our fall 2013 exhibit, Focus on Interiors: A Tapestry of Images. This year, the Interior Design Program celebrates 101 years at The University of Texas at Austin. With that rich history in mind, this exhibit features images from the VRC’s online image collection that highlight the varied interiors and furniture that have spanned the century.

Join us for the Exhibit Opening, next Thursday, September 26th!

DATE: September 26, 2013
TIME: 3-5 pm
WHERE: VRC, Sutton 3.128

Refreshments will be served.

Image Source: VRC