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Category: Community Happenings

Lecture at UT Austin on Exploring Our Town!

March 18, 2015

Join us on Monday, March 23rd at the University of Texas School of Architecture to hear about the NEA’s new online resource, Exploring Our Town. Both Lynn Osgood and Sarah Gamble will share their experiences about the creation of the site, including both research and design, and the growing field of Creative Placemaking.

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Exploring Our Town sneak peak at Americans for the Arts Conference

June 16, 2014

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At last week’s American for the Art’s pre-conference on Public Art and Placemaking, attendees got a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-released Exploring Our Town online resource for creative placemaking.

Jason Schupbach, Director of Design Programs at the National Endowment for the Arts, led a panel discussion titled “An Update on Our Town“, which included an overview of the grant program, a report from two grant recipients, and a sneak peak of the new website. Jay Salinas, Co-Founder & Director of Special Projects at the Wormfarm Institute in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, and Malcolm Cochran, Professor Emeritus of Sculpture at Ohio State University Department of Art, presented their work funded by the Our Town program.

As project leads for Exploring Our Town, GO collaborative has been working with Jason and NEA staff over the past 18 months on this exciting Creative Placemaking project. It was wonderful to have fellow Creative Placemaking practitioners get the first public glimpse. The anticipated release date is early Fall 2014.


Stewardship of Place

June 2, 2014

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GO collaborative has entered into a new partnership with Locus Iste to serve churches as they strategically design and develop their built environments. The Stewardship of Place is an approach to religious facility projects that begins with informed decision-making and long-term thinking to align sustainable operations with pastoral vision.

Check out our new website and learn about this participatory pre-design process!


20ft Wide Report Issued!

November 20, 2013

Lynn Osgood and Heather Way authored a new report documenting the widely acclaimed 20ft Wide installation!

Working with artists, designers, and policy makers, including artist Dan Cheetam of Fyoog and Art Alliance Austin, the team orchestrated a four-day, public event that served as both a case study for how the City of Austin could transform a downtown alley into a vibrant public open space, and as a means of testing which policies needed to be in place to help support future efforts.

The installation was well-received and widely attended, while being exemplary of Austin’s efforts to innovate and activate public spaces!


Public Art Action Plan approved by Arts Commission!

September 17, 2013

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Last night, the Holly Shores Public Art Action Plan was approved by the City of Austin’s Arts Commission!

In Spring 2013, GO collaborative was commissioned by the Art in Public Places program to develop the plan, which creates a framework for future public art commissions in the Holly Shores / Edward Rendon Sr Park at Festival Beach Master Plan area. The Master Plan has been under development over the past year, led by the Parks and Recreation Department and Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates. The Public Art Action will be an addendum to the larger master plan document. Our recommendations stem from the creation of three zones within the park, based on the landscape settings, programmatic uses, and input from the community.

Check back for the complete report following approval by Austin City Council in November!


Americans for the Arts Conference

June 16, 2013

Interested in public art design and implementation? We recommend the American for the Arts Annual conference!

On June 13th and 14th, we gathered with artists, administrators, planners, and design professions for the Public Art pre-conference focused on national and international project completed in 2012. Fifty exemplary projects were highlighted, including an installation by Austinites Lucy Begg and Robert Gay from Thoughtbarn! Congrats!

The city tours were a highlight, including the new pedestrian bridge picture below. Shady Liberty was designed by a multi-disciplinary team, including artist Sheila Klein. We love everything about it, especially the handmade, glass reflectors which glimmer in the sunset!

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GO collaborative to present at 2013 TSA conference!

March 30, 2013

GO collaborative’s proposal to the 2013 Texas Society of Architects Annual Conference has been accepted!
Lynn Osgood and Sarah Gamble will be joined by Diane Miller, Principal at Civic Collaboration, and Larry Schooler, Community Engagement Consultant at the City of Austin, to provide 4 distinct perspectives on community engagement.

Presentation Description:
At pivotal points in the design process, community engagement provides Architects the opportunity to educate the public, build awareness for good design, and gather input. Architects have the opportunity to expand their influence and impact in the process as collaborators, designers, and leaders in their communities. This presentation will focus on four Texas-based case studies where community engagement was completed as part of the design and development process. The case studies will be presented by four panelists: architect, planner, dialogue expert, and city government staff, to showcase successes in community engagement and its contribution to good design from four distinct perspectives. The role of the architect, or absence of, will be highlighted in each, along with techniques utilized and typical struggles in the community engagement process. Presenters will point out resources for further study and continuing education.

Join us for the Convention in Dallas from November 7th to 9th!