1st Place Brandusa Bularca University of Arizona
2nd Place Lester M. Mismash University of Arizona
3rd Place Wayne Jenski University of Arizona
Citation Joseph Taylor University of Illinois at Chicago
Merit Melissa Gibson University of Illinois at Chicago
Merit Travis Gold University of Arizona
Merit Nicholas G. Potts University of Minnesota
Merit Joshua Flannigan University of Arizona

Mending the Landscape

Ted Flato, Author

A 2000-acre nature preserve on a remote section of the Texas coast. The "flat" treeless barrier island encompasses three distinct eco-systems (wetlands, dunes, and beaches) and is bordered by the Colorado River, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Matagorda Bay.

The island, like many wonderful places, has experienced the insensitive hand of man: A long, straight highway that dead ends on a big parking lot (previously beautiful dunes), an isolated housing development that is not part of the preserve and a pier that juts out into the Gulf. All of these elements will remain, but the parking lot is expendable. Use the program to weave all of these disparate elements together.

The goal for the preserve is to restore and protect the natural landscape while creating recreational opportunities for the general public. The buildings should set an example for sustainable development for the Texas coast. This is a hot, sunny climate where shade is essential, where water is precious (rain water harvesting), and where the cool gulf breezes (spring/fall) can reduce the dependency on air-conditioning.

The architecture itself should communicate the interpretative theme of the preserve of "helping humans connect to water" and evoke an awareness of humanity's tenuous and complex relationship with the natural world.

Participating Schools:

The Boston Architectural Center

California College of the Arts

Rhode Island School of Design

Southern California Institute of Architecture

University of Arizona

University of Cincinnati

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Minnesota

University of Hawaii at Manoa